There’s a difference between hurt and injury.
“Hurt” comes with playing a sport. Hurt is a little soreness the day after a workout. Hurt is that pain in your lungs after sprinting in freezing cold weather. Hurt is the tingle of sweat that drips into your eye on a hot day. Injury, on the other hand, keeps out of the game.
I know there’s a difference between hurt and injury- all athletes know this. Could I tell you that difference? Truthfully, no…
I coach athletes in the 1500m race. That’s just under a mile, specifically, .93 miles.
If you’ve known me for a long time, you know I didn’t do any sports growing up, much less track and field. I can talk for hours on how to train for a 5K or 10K, but I know next to nothing on training to run a mile (have I ever run *one* mile?), so I spend my evenings looking up workouts and getting ideas from Coach Google.
Last week, I had my athletes sprint or surge the straight parts of the track, and jog or walk the curved parts. Some of the kids are pretty young and new to track, and with many age groups, you have to explain things different ways. I explained the differences in sprinting and surging and talked about running fast.
Fast is relative, I pointed out. Your fast pace may be another athlete’s warm up. Someone may have to walk the curves while you jog them. You may be able to run like the wind one day, but have to take walk breaks another day.
Everybody is different. Every body is different.
Above all, do the best you can each day. Aim to do better each day. And run your own race, not someone else’s. Don’t fall into the comparison trap.
Since I didn’t have to pull a 12-hour day of working at my real girl job, working out, and coaching, I decided to participate in a group fitness Boot Camp class at my gym Monday night. Normally I can’t fit in these classes because of what time I get off work and what time I have to be at the field to coach, but today I could, and after hearing rave reviews from friends, I gave it a shot.
Typically, I’m not a group exercise kind of girl. I run, lift, do yoga, eat, and repeat- it works well for me. Generally, I say no to steppers, Zumba, low weights/high reps, and crunches. Nothing wrong with those activities for those who want to do them- I don’t.
The class was divided into three groups- the “Getting Fit” group, the “Fit” group, and the “Super Fit” group. I’d already lifted heavy that day, so I wanted to work out with the fit group- but I got dragged into the Super Fit category (Pretty sure everyone basically did the same workout, with modifications based on the group).
I have friends who swear by group fitness classes, and I truly believe that’s the only thing that keeps some of them motivated enough to go to the gym. Group fitness is great if you need motivation. But, if you’re highly motivated, competitive, Type A, and can fall into the comparison trap, you might want to rethink or keep yourself in check.
First, the class is called Boot Camp. Just the name of it gives you the mentality that it should be hard work. Second, you bust your butt because no one wants to look like a dork in a class; plus you’re surrounded by mirrors, so everyone sees you, making you feel even dorkier. Pair those things with an instructor who’s constantly yelling encouragement and pushing you, and when you already push yourself harder than anyone else ever does and will, it’s a recipe for disaster.
I fell at Boot Camp. Not on the floor, but into that comparison trap. Hard.
And just like a fall, I hurt myself. My right quad and hip haven’t been the same all week, even after yoga and running. I’m taking the weekend off so I can run my 10K race next weekend and just planning to have a good time- not necessarily the time on the clock, but a good time with friends.
I’m running my own race.