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Building a better editor: Stronger together

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Halifax Magazine

Some things are just easier when you do them with other people. For me, fitness is one of those things. For more than a year, I’ve been working to lose weight and get fitter. Last summer, I hit my weight-loss goal (45 pounds down, now weighing in around 178 pounds) so now I’m focused mostly on maintaining (although I’d be thrilled to lose another 10 pounds) and improving my overall fitness. I’m delighted with the changes I’ve made—I look better, I feel better—but I’ve found it hard to stay focused and motivated with my fitness regime lately. I fell off the wagon a bit over Christmas, and never really got back on.

In an attempt to recharge, I just completed a six-week TRX team training camp at GoodLife. I’ve done this sort of training before, and the coach, Jon Ells, was my personal trainer when I was doing one-on-one training, so I had a good idea what to expect. I know that working out with a small group is much more motivational. I draw inspiration from the success of others, and feel far more accountable than when I’m training alone. That’s what I expected going into this camp, and it didn’t let me down. The old competitiveness/camaraderie kicked in, and I found myself looking forward to my next workout, instead of dreading it. Ells is a fantastically flexible trainer and ran the camp in such a way that everyone was challenged, regardless of our limitations. (I’ve been dealing with a nagging on-and-off muscle strain in my left tricep).

The camp wrapped up last week, and I’m champing at the bit to do more now. I’m going to take the next available TRX camp with Jon and for my new goal, I’m working towards running in a Blue Nose Marathon event in May. It won’t be the full marathon, or even the half marathon I was hoping for. Years of carrying that extra weight have weakened my knees, so my doctor advises 10K at the most. As you read in my last post, I’ve been agonizing over how to get started preparing for that. I’ve done short runs as part of my training, but nothing that requires much thought. I’m not even sure what kind of gear I need for cold-weather running, really. Fortunately, fate has thrown me a rope. I was recently invited to join the Team Myles group for new runners—it’s a whole bunch of people in the exact same position I’m in now. Personal commitments have made me miss our first couple sessions, but starting next week, I’ll be there pounding the pavement. I think the group will help just as much as it did in TRX, and I can’t wait to tell you how it goes.

Are you running in the Blue Nose this year? How do you prepare? Post a comment and share your advice.

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