I recently experienced that awkward moment when you realize that you have BACK FAT. Yep – THAT awkward moment. It was BAD. REALLY REALLY BAD. I hope you never have THAT moment. Let me tell you about it.
It’s my first private training session with Danielle, who is an endurance training coach. That was YESTERDAY. She put me on the treadmill to assess my running style and gait – to see if anything I was doing is causing or contributing to my IT band issue. She video tapes my treadmill run from behind. She let’s me watch the video, and she points out various things to me. I can barely hear a darn thing, because the whole time, I’m thinking:
OMG. I have BACK FAT! When did THAT happen?
It was one of the most horrifying realizations I’ve had all year!
Perhaps I should start at the beginning and give you’all some background….
Last year, I had a secret goal: run a marathon. I didn’t tell anyone, but I just started running. At first it was excrutiating – there were moments I thought I might die, moments when I questioned my sanity, and still other moments where I questioned the sanity of the runners around me. But as I ran more often, and longer distances, I realized, I wasn’t going to die – and then one day, I magically got that runner’s high everyone talks about.
OMG. THAT was TOTALLY AWESOME.
I had been bitten by the runner’s bug. I started looking for every opportunity to run. I’d run during my lunch hour, I’d run early in the morning before my day began. I sometimes snuck in a run on break – just around the block. I ran with my dog. I walked my dog. I ran to the local video store. I ran everywhere. I was up to running 5-6 days a week. The farthest distance I ran all in one shot? 10 miles. The day I ran THAT, I was beaming from ear to ear – my secret goal of running a marathon was within reach!
Then, one day, I started having pain in my IT band. That was last September.I stopped running long distances, and started picking up other physical activities. I never gave up on that secret goal.
This year, as part of my 2012 Goals, I decided, the game was ON. I had all winter to think about it. No more secrets. I was going to tell my friends. I was going to train. I was going to surround myself with other people doing the same thing, and I was going to do IT. And just as I cast that desire out to the world, my neighbor, Maria, sends me this message on Facebook: (Truly, an answer to my prayer!)
Ladies: Happy New Year! As many of you know I am turning 40 this year! I thought it would super fun to get a group of people together to do a local Duathalon…The Event I picked is…..Iron Girl, Bloomington, MN SEPT 23rd 2012. The distance is short and sweet… 2 mile run, 22mile bike, 2 mile run. I did this event last year, it was a blast….it is an all woman event and is perfect if you are new to duathalons….PLEASE JOIN ME…and invite a friend.
Training….My Coach, Danielle Pellicano, has offered to coach us thru this race…she has been a tremendous asset to me…She coached me for my 1st 5K a few years ago, the TC 10 miler and the Iron Girl last year…
To kick off this event….Danielle and I are hosting a sign up party
FEB 11th, 10am-11am
4930 35th Street West
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Please RSVP back to me if you are” in” for this event and are able to make the sign up party…
For more information
Hope to see you all very soon!
SCORE! All in one feel swoop, I had found a group of women who have similar goals, who will be supportive, and the perfect trainer. It’s funny how life works sometimes! When you know exactly what you want, and it’s your time to do it – all the pieces fall in place.
Since I had problems with my IT band, I knew I needed specialized help and training in order for me to be able to race. I signed up for some private training sessions with Danielle. OK, so NOW FAST FORWARD to my first private training session with Danielle. YESTERDAY. She put me on the treadmill to assess my running style and gait – to see if anything I was doing is causing or contributing to my IT band issue. She video tapes my treadmill run from behind. She let’s me watch the video, and she points out various useful tips to me, like how I swing my arms too much. I can barely hear a darn thing, because the whole time, I’m thinking::
OM MY GOD. I have BACK FAT! When did THAT happen?
So, now, I’m even more motivated than ever to train hard and run this race. Not only is it a goal for 2012. I have a back fat problem!
And yes, TODAY, I am sore in all the right places, but that only means I am one step closer to my dream of running in a marathon. I’m loving it!
What’s your dream?
PS – Dream BIG!
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