Training vs Working Out

  I often hear people say how much they don’t like to workout or exercise. They feel like it is a chore, something they have to do. With so much focus on working out to be thin, muscular or to look like this celebrity – who did it in only 2 months after giving birth!! (thanks media) I think people find it to be just that, a chore or something unattainable. I also think we associate working out or exercise with a gym. You go to a place, do your workout and you’re done. You don’t think about it again until the next time you are there. Do you ever wonder why exercise (movement) is so important? It is not to have six pack abs or a nice ass. Despite what the fitness industry wants you to believe.

Which is why I like to think of what I do as training. I am training my body to be able to move. Yes I am only 30, but I have been around 30 year olds that have a hard time just getting up off the ground – and I used to be one of them, but in my 20’s! Working in the veterinary field was hard on my back and knees. Sure, I train for races but when I don’t have a goal race in mind…wait, is that even a thing for me? Pretty sure there is always a race on my calendar. Nevertheless, my training consists of more than running. To be a strong runner I need a strong and health body. To have a strong and healthy body I train. I run, I lift weights, I do burpees, pull ups, push ups, I do fun things like carry heavy objects and push people on a sled (prowler). Training CAN be FUN!

So I’m not gonna lie here. Being pushed is way more fun than pushing.

So what if I didn’t run, or what if you reading this don’t run? What do you train for? Well, contact me and we’ll get you started running. It will be great!

Just kidding (kinda). In all seriousness, what should you train for? Freaking life. Train your body to be able to get up when you fall (burpees). Train your body to climb around the playground with your kids (pull ups, push ups). Why should kids get to have all the fun? Train to be able to get up out of a chair when you sit down (squats, dead lifts). I don’t know about you, but when I am 100 I am going to be that bad ass little old lady still running races. I’ll still be running the CIM, keeping up my streak!

  (Thank you Allyson Seconds for these awesome photos)

More turkish get ups – thank you iPhone automatic timer for these photos.

Look at their smiling faces. You can’t tell me they are not loving life right now 🙂 One of the best parts of training is doing it with groups. The support, encouragement and love you get really keep you going. You realize how strong you are.

Some of the best supporters right here! When I tell people I coach at Kaia FIT and it is an all women’s gym they ask if the ladies get into clicks. Not here. We all support one another. I was talking about this recently with my fellow females, and it seems women are being less mean to each other. We don’t seem to be tearing each other down, but instead we are building each other up. I think that is pretty awesome.

Finally, an important part of training is writing it down & setting goals. When I recently told my trainer I don’t write down what I do I think she was surprised. I mean, I have my Garmin and it logs my runs, so I guess I figured that is good enough.

I have come to learn it isn’t good enough. Not for me. First off, if you don’t write down your training how will you know where you’re at? How will you know if you have progressed? Here is my training for this week so far.

Here are my goals for my next race – ZOOMA Napa Valley . I ran this race last year and I know what to expect. I also know I wished I had pushed myself harder. Know your limits. When you can do more, do more!

Of course you don’t have to have running related goals. Or even have them related to your training. But I think it is important to. It is another thing to get you excited about getting up and moving. Challenge yourself, see how much you can push your body. Believe me, it can do things you may never thought possible. I see it coaching every day. We just have to get out there and start doing it.


4 thoughts on “Training vs Working Out

  1. Thank you Runner Girl! You continue to inspire me!!
    You are so right I train and run with women and we build each other. More and more I find that runners are one of the friendliest and fun group of people.
    Happy Running!!

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