No Pain, No Gain


As I sit on the bus heading to work, I can feel the pain of my efforts from boot camp.  Yes, it’s a cliché–“no pain, no gain”–but it rings true.  I just hope I can sustain pain for these next 10 days.  PT today focused on abdominals.  Ab workouts of every kind–half sit-ups and full sit-ups, Supermans, Gingreys (? that was a new one), planks and side planks, on the ground and off the ground, on your stomach and on your back, crab walks and bear walks. While abs were the core area, I think that every part of my body will hurt tomorrow.  We sprinted, we relayed, we carried people, and we said a lot of “hoo-yah.”

As I mentioned yesterday, the one downside to this course is that I am the only newbie.  Apparently no one else wants to go workout in the cold January morning?  So I got called out as the “new person”, especially today as John McGuire, the founder of Seal Team Physical Training, Inc. and a former Navy Seal himself, led our class. He is tough, but also encouraging and pulled me to the side or had me up front with him to make sure I knew what I was doing in order to keep proper form.  He is very passionate about this group which I admire greatly.  You don’t often see people in the workplace like that who are both tough on you but doing it for your own growth, well being and overall improvement. 

I already feel like I’m growing and pushing my body in ways I did not think possible.  I’ll be hydrating today and stretching a lot.  And thanks, to my friend Beth for the tips.  It was great seeing another smiling face this morning.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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