I had a terrific run yesterday after yoga class. My legs are finally starting to feel a little back to normal. Not bad for just a few days after a full marathon. [my race recap is here]
Although, honestly, the two weeks prior to my marathon, I was feeling sluggish with my runs, especially my speed workouts. A lot of this is likely due to my new personal trainer. She completely wipes me out with her sessions, and a part of me thinks this is good and another thinks it’s too much.
Exhibit A: my calf injury from box jumps and other plyometrics, like long jumps and lunging jumping jacks, less than a week before a marathon.
My chiropractor, who has now assisted me with running through two injuries, gently suggested that my trainer should have known better. Granted, I should’ve grown some balls and said it was too much for the week before, but she’s the professional. My chiro doesn’t know what she could’ve been thinking.
She didn’t just do a maintenance workout, she actually increased the height of my box jumps. These exercises are known for potential injury to the calf and Achilles’ tendon.
I skipped working with her this week, and as next Tuesday creeps closer, I am feeling like I’m not sure I want to continue with her. I’m dreading the session.
What I probably should do is have a grown up discussion with her about my needs. I don’t know why the thought of that is hard for me. I just get this sense that she will be disappointed in me, and I don’t need that in a trainer. I have no aspirations to be a “badass”. I simply want to run well and healthy and get faster. I don’t shy from tough workouts, but I’ve been so fatigued from these, I may be doing more harm than good. It’s one thing to deliberately run on tired legs as part of training, but it’s another to struggle with my speed workouts because my muscles are drained from personal training sessions.
It does make me feel like a cowardly wimp, though. And I’m pretty sure I’m being unfair to myself to feel that way, but it is what I feel.
I know strength training is an important component of my running and I’d like to continue working on that aspect. I probably should give her the opportunity to modify the workouts and see how that goes. But as it stands, I think I’m at risk for more injuries if the status quo continues. Still, I feel riddled with (self) doubt because she is the “expert” and I’m just the client.
I need to think more about this.