Okay, I feel a lot better about myself and my 20-miler. After coming home a mess, Mrs. LB helped talk some sense into me and after all the encouraging comments I got on Monday, I do feel a lot better, like it was an accomplishment and not just something I suffered through. It was a tough run, but it's not like 20-mile runs are ever going to be easy.
Moving on, I promised to let you in on my secret weapon, and I think this will help improve not just my running but a lot of aspects of my fitness.
For Father's Day, Mrs. LB got me some training sessions with a personal trainer. And it's not just some random trainer but the one who I first started with when I weight in at a robust 308 pounds in early 2006. So not only does he know my personal history but I feel very comfortable with him and his methods and am excited to tackle the sessions head on.
I'm not sure when we're going to start. I'd like to talk to him about my goals and what I'd like to accomplish first, before we even have a formal training session. I think my goals are three-fold:
1) Core, core, core. I need to improve my core. A strong core is vital to many things, and running is one of them.
2) Cross-train: All I do is run. Any bit of new methods and techniques he can give me will be greatly appreciated.
3) Shed some pounds: I know I'm carrying a few extra pounds. There's a few sides to that, though. First. I'm just eating a bit more than I should because I run so much and I could stand to lose some weight. Maybe not 120 or maybe even 10, but whatever I can do to kickstart that would help. But also, because I lost so much weight I have some extra skin. I'm sorry, I know that sounds unpleasant but it's there. What am I going to do about it? It's like a penance for how I used to live, like a ball and chain I have to carry with me. If my trainer can give me some workouts that will help my stomach and help in the area, I'd be much obliged.
So there you go, my secret weapon. I'm hoping to have time to see him this week but it might not be until next that we finally have the chance to have our first session. Whenever it happens, I know I'll benefit tremendously from it.