Achoo! (A sneeze of an update)

 

The homemade turkey soup that was kindly given to me

 I’m surely up for a lame-ass blogger award. I really do intend to do a race report. But right now I’m suffering from some sort of bug and trying to maintain a minimum of training up to my marathon next week while also visiting family. And trying not to get everyone else sick. Basically, I’m quarantining myself since there is one 90+ year old in the house who I do not want to give my germs. 

 

This pretty girl loves to run

 One thing I did want to update on is that I started working with a new client (who is a family member, but still) who is going to be 65 this month and wants to learn to run. She is quite fit from being a horse jumper and working with a personal trainer, so we’re starting from a good place. She does daily walks with her boxer, and now we’re adding short run intervals a few days a week (the running is not with the dog — I’ve run a bit with the dog and she’s fast). So far we’ve gone out for two sessions, and she’s done fantastic. I didn’t have to show her how to properly pace herself because she naturally knew what pace to run. I’m so impressed. 

I’m going to go out with her for a few more sessions before I have to leave here, but I feel good about writing her a training plan having seen where she is right now. I’m using a Galloway interval program for her, which started with a warm up walk, 5 times 1 minute running & 1 minute walking, then a cool down walk. We’ve been chatting it up during both the run and walk portions, so she chose a great pace for herself. She has a lot of experience with horses, which I think has some application here as far as training goes. (Or so it seems to me — I’ve ridden a few times and been tossed off, so I’m kind of a village idiot about horse training).

Running with my new client and finishing the race with my friend Bethany last Sunday reminds me of why I decided to go for the coaching certification. Their excitement at being able to run when they thought it was something they’d never do is so fulfilling for me. 

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15 thoughts on “Achoo! (A sneeze of an update)

  1. God bless you. You’ve probably heard all the advice you want, but I’m adding a little more. “Gypsy Cold Care” tea is my go-to feel-lousy-help-me-feel-better tea. Done. I’m so excited for you and your new client. Go you!

  2. tundrawoman says:

    “…lame ass blogger…” HA! Not Hardly. Watching your transformation to an “athlete”has been a great vicarious journey for me. Your motivation to become a trainer is captured in your last sentence and reflects a personal quality you’ve demonstrated repeatedly: Selflessness. Giving Back. Paying Forward. What ever you want to call it, thank you.
    Like Judy I also have a go-to tea, Twining’s Herbal “Pure Pepperment.” I make it by the gallon year round and stick it in the fridge. (The autoimmune stuff leaves me with a very dry mouth.)
    Hope you’re feeling better soon!
    TW

  3. Ughhhh soooo sorry you are sick too!!! You are not a lame ass blogger. I was there last week – took me two weeks with whatever that bug was before I felt relatively normal again. Rough times. Feel better soon!!

  4. doug says:

    I like Judy’s suggestion of a gypsy herbal home health tea concoction. I have one I call the gypsy from poughkeepsie herbal cure. It’s herbal tea with a shot of Crown Royal. It doesn’t mend your cold but after a couple of shots you don’t really care.

  5. doug says:

    I’ve been sneezing since I left my last comment. Thanks alot. This may be the first online communicable disease passed from one blogger to another.

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