By evening, I was a little anxious just thinking about it. It's hard enough for me to do intervals and hills on my own... could I survive someone else's direction? I envisioned a trainer hanging overtop of my treadmill, pushing the buttons faster... and faster... and higher... and faster. I've always dreamed of a training session Jillian Michaels style, but now I was starting to make myself nervous.
Stop touching the treadmill buttons Jillian!
Run Faster Jess!
As Little Girl and I drove to the gym this morning, I still had some butterflies in my stomach - more out of the unknown, not knowing what to expect from this new Treading class. Aw-man, it felt like race morning or something! Geesh! I just hoped there would be someone slower than me in the group. As soon as we walked in the door, I saw Trainer Amy. She greeted me with, "Good, you're here. It's just you and me today." Oh-great... now she could focus solely on me. I tried to quickly turn this around in my head... I'm getting an hour of personal training - on running intervals, where I need it the most. Did I mention this was FREE?
She started me off with a slow walk to warmup. We chatted away... Trainer Amy had just run her first half marathon last fall. Slowly, we picked up the pace to a fast walk. Then added in hills... built up to a 15% incline and then backdown (several times), but never dipping below 3%. My calves were working hard on the hills, but I was still comfortable. She asked how I was feeling, to which I always responded "Just fine!" She laughed and said, "Yeah, I haven't had anyone quite this talkative, smiling and laughing during these workouts... We better amp this up." And then Trainer Amy pulled out the big guns. When I wasn't climbing a monster hill, she had me running fast. Yeah, she totally pulled a Jillian - reaching over, pushing the buttons, saying I can go faster... and of course, I obliged.
We did a full 50 minutes before Trainer Amy led me into a cooldown and stretching. I was sweating and felt it was a good workout. Although to be honest, I could have gone longer. Shorter warmup and more of the meat in the middle would have been ideal. She knew that too. Amy's parting words were "Next time, I can go harder on you."
My legs were feeling pretty good yet, so I jumped back on the treadmill and did a little 2-mile progression run. After running all those hills with Amy, a 0% incline felt easy... So I started at a 9:30 pace and kept adding speed every 1/4 mile. It's what I like to call my "Dream Run"... envisioning my next finish line (Myrtle Beach!!) and race to beat the clock. Finally... I was exhausted.
Have you ever done a trainer-led treadmill session?
Or any kind of workout with a personal trainer?