Back-to-Back Bikram & 8-years of Training

I went to back-to-back Bikram classes (meaning on consecutive days) for the first time in a long time. I thought today would feel better than yesterday because it was the second day, but it didn't. I think my body was so stiff from this morning's run.

This morning I ran:

15-min Warm-Up 15 1-min intervals with 1-min recovery 15-min Cool Down (actually was 17 min 17 sec)

I felt GREAT during the run; it was a “Confidence Up” run. But I didn’t get started until an hour after I originally planned (I really needed that extra hour of sleep) so by the time I was done running, I was late for work and didn’t take any time for post-run stretches.

All the shortened and tight muscles manifested themselves in this evening’s Bikram Class. I could feel so much tension in my lower back and hips. The poses that felt so relaxing yesterday I struggled with today.

I'm really glad that I went to back-to-back classes, because had I not gone, I don't think I would have noticed the effect that this morning's run had on my body; how different it felt from just a day ago.

My personal "theme" for this year has been "Mindfulness" and "Honesty." These are the kinds of things I’m trying to be more mindful of.

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I could not let January end without noting that this month marks 8 years since I first started training with Trainer Dave. I can hardly believe it’s been this long and I can honestly say he is one of the few people that have had a profound influence on my life. Seriously.

This is what I looked like 8 years ago:

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I don’t even know who that person was. She’s so much different than the person I am today. Different priorities, different outlook, different attitude. I’m so much healthier and happier now.

And to think that it almost didn’t happen. You see, 8 years ago, a brand new Golds Gym (now Crunch) opened in my neighborhood. With a new membership, I got one free personal training session, which was originally scheduled with another trainer.

On the day of the appointment I got into a car accident on the freeway and totaled my car. When I called to reschedule, they made me wait a couple of weeks to make sure I didn’t have any residual injuries (I didn’t). When I did finally have my appointment the original trainer I was supposed to meet with wasn’t available so I got rescheduled to train with Dave and he’s been my trainer ever since.

I had no intention of having a long-term personal trainer. I had planned on just having that one session and then “doing things on my own.” Had I not decided to make the investment, I know I never would have been self-motivated enough to make the life changes that I’ve made and live the life I am living now.

It’s funny, he had no idea back then that by taking me to the high school track and forcing me to run laps that he was creating someone who would train for marathons for fun (which by the way, he thinks is crazy).

During those track workouts, I always used to slow down before the lap was up and he used to yell at me to finish strong and not quit. I still hear his voice yelling at me at the end of every race.

Maybe this year he'll finally agree to run a race with me so that I can finally yell those words to him at the Finish Line for a change :)