Thursday, July 30, 2009

getting my sniz kicked, one monday night at a time...

The original FWRs (that would be the running jessica, the running katie and yours truly) decided to renew our relationship with a personal trainer about five weeks ago. As a group (it's how the name Fair Weather Runners even came about actually) we had a trainer a good potion of 2008, up until Katie had her baby, and then we took quite a hiatus.

We have a new trainer this time around. She is evil and wonderful and hardcore and.... a runner. I'm pretty sure we all have a crush on her. This trainer is amazing, I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate running drills, plyometrics and weights in order to get to my running goals. It's been hard to fit it in during my ridiculous summer schedule. Until now. Our trainer incorporates it all in one nice neat little hour, which I can later repeat on a different day all on my own, just like the big girls.

Not only that, BUT... yes a big amazing but, because we are already clients, our trainer lets us join her running club for training in the lazy river every thursday night. And holy snack does that kick your sniz. WOW. PAIN. Running in chest high water, against the current, is no walk in the park. I hurt for an entire week after doing this. Things hurt that I didn't even know I had!

Speaking of pain, I usually hurt for days after our regular Monday night sessions with our trainer. This week is no exception. But after just five weeks I can already tell I'm getting stronger, not sure if I'm getting faster, but am feeling really strong overall. So it's worth the pain. Most days.

I'm hoping all of this, and the miles I've been trying to get in, will get me to my fall goal of running the Wichita Half Marathon in 2:00, or less. But I'm saying 2:00 because the Wichita Half and I have a sordid past (i.e. someone either under trained, or left town for two weeks before the race and didn't run a step, or wound up with a stress fracture, before the past three wichita half marathons, but i'm not naming names), we'll see who prevails this year. This race is the only race that has ever made me cry tears of sheer anger... for an hour. Literally. Yeah... I'm eyeing you Wichita Half.

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Fair Weather Runner Shoes for the World Drive
I'll be collecting shoes until mid-august for my shoe drive so you have plenty of time to donate!
My goal is to collect a hundred pair of shoes to send to Shoes4Africa. If you are interested in donating, send me an email at fairweatherrunner@gmail.com.

11 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

I'm sure it's your turn to kick Wichita Half's a$$ this time, sounds like some great workouts! Love the logo for the shoe drive too :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Pain IS what makes you stronger. Keep it up and sub 2 is TOTALLY doable.

OK gotta go email you to get your address and send the one pair of non-ranky shoes that I have..

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

my trainer usually kicks my butt too... usually it's a good butt kicking though. :-)

Marlene said...

Running against the current in the lazy river? That sounds so cool! Hard, but cool!

X-Country2 said...

Dang, I want a trainer like that! She sounds AWESOME.

Lacy said...

I've shed my tears before too...several hours worth, so i feel ya!
Sounds like you're on track though, I'll be expecting great things from you this fall. I'll be expecting my high five as we cross paths on the turn around!

RunToFinish said...

i always think getting a trainer would be awesome..painful but awesome. I just haven't had anyone to go in on it with me...oh what if I got one for me and hubs? no no

D10 said...

I think you have a great goal set for Wichita! The pain will only make you stronger.

Ashley said...

So if I come run the Wichita Half with you, will you at least meet me at the finish line and celebrate with me a bit afterwards?? :) Cuz....you'll pretty much leave me in the dust! LOL!!!

rachel said...

river running sounds AMAZINGLY difficult...wish i had something like that...or a personal trainer...or friends to run with...or...

okay, i'll stop feeling sorry for myself and tell you how excited i am for the score to be robinson: 1 wichita: zip! it's totally in the bag.

Irish Cream said...

Oh man, no way . . . this is the year you make the Wichita Half your b****!

Oh, and I'm sending my oodles of shoes out on Monday, I promise!! Might as well make the most of the firm's Fed-Ex account while I have the chance to! :)