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School starts back on Monday, and the question on my mind right now is, Where the heck did the summer go? It always goes by so quickly but I am always thankful for the time to recharge (and take a vacation or two). This summer has actually been very eventful. Besides running quite a few miles and traveling to the west coast, I also took this time to investigate something that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while…

There are two things that I feel very strongly about in this world: my students, and health, wellness, and exercise. Well I guess that technically makes four but I group the last three together. In my dream world, I would have a facility that teaches teenagers about health, wellness, the benefits of exercise, but then it would go beyond that. It would teach them about goals, self discipline, meditation, self respect, teamwork, conflict resolution, success, failure, determination, drive, and overall, just how to be amazing. Therefore, I figured the next step to working with teenagers in this regard was to get my personal trainer certification. Before I decided to do this, I did some research to find the certification that was known as being “the hardest” and the one that the least amount of people had. After all, everyone seems to be a trainer these days. I chose the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which has a 57% pass rate, and I am happy to say that on Tuesday, I passed.

Now a test on a computer is great and all, but there are so many things that I simply do not know about the fitness world. Luckily, I have the opportunity to intern with, who I believe, to be one of the best trainers in the area. In fact, I wrote a blog about his awesomeness over a year ago. Might as well learn from the best, right?

In the meantime, I have dedicated myself to learning as much as possible and venturing outside of my running world knowledge. In just the day and a half that I’ve been reading, taking notes, and experimenting, I’ve realized two things. First, my fitness knowledge is extremely limited (and I actually considered myself to be quite knowledgeable). Second, I am weak! Sure, I can run in a straight line pretty well. I’m fast(ish), I like my leg muscles, and I tend to think of myself as being more flexible and mobile than other runners. However, in experimenting with new exercises, pilates routines, and unilateral workouts, I’m pretty sure I might be sore for a week. It has been oh so fun, but it has really opened me up to the idea that I might not be nearly as fit as I previously thought.

I’m not sure what the future holds but I am very excited with the direction it is headed. I really do love pushing my body to do new things and learning as much as possible about health and fitness. I also really love working with teenagers and I hope to find a way to bring these two worlds together. It would just make my day.

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

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