Lydia Livingston

Fitness quest

EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a junior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

Week 4

I discovered something this week: I like running. I also discovered I feel really awkward when I have to work out on my own.

Up to this point Iíve always had my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, by my side, keeping me on track and telling me if I am doing things wrong, but this week that wasnít the case. Due to conflicting schedules, I had to work out on my own, which proved to be an interesting experience. Now, I have already said Daniel has been a major driving force in keeping me motivated and that itís a really big asset having him there.†

So, when he gave me directions on what to do for a workout to do on my own, I was a little nervous. It consisted of planks, trunk curls and 30 minutes jogging on the treadmill.

If you have read any of my previous articles, you know that I despise the treadmill most of the time. You also will know that I have never really done more than around 10 minutes at a time.

This is why I looked at the 30 minutes on Danielís text message and thought, ďOh my,Ē when I saw it. I was sure this wasnít going to be good, but I was wrong.

When I got to the gym I went straight to the treadmill and started my run at my normal pace of 6.3, but to my surprise, it felt too slow for me and I actually wanted to go faster.

At that point I turned it up to 6.8 and that was OK, but I still wanted to go faster. Shocking right? I thought it was, but I went ahead and turned it up to 7.

This was a really good pace and I found that I was actually enjoying my run. Also I was already at 1.2 miles by the time I hit 10 minutes.

It was then I noticed Daniel was finishing up with another client and leaving the gym, so I hopped off the treadmill to talk to him and make sure I understood the workouts he wanted me to do. His response was something like, ďYou know how to do the workouts, now get back on that treadmill and quit complaining.Ē

I promise I wasnít, but I got back on the treadmill and started running again for another 20 minutes.

I never once put the treadmill on a walking pace nor did I want to the entire time. It was the craziest thing to me and I am genuinely proud of myself for this feat.

The other workouts were a little odd doing on my own after I got off the treadmill. I felt like I looked awkward doing them, but overall it was still a good workout.

The more I progress into my training, the more I see results.

Mastering the treadmill is definitely my proudest moment at this point.

†I also canít complain that I can feel muscles forming in my abdomen. Iíve never had abs and I really want to have the start of some at least this summer.

With my quest for fitness I think I may be able to accomplish that too.

Lydia Livingston is a junior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.