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I Resolve to Train Less (2/4)

An Equinox trainer on missing marathoning—but finding new ways to move

Athletes know accountability matters. Committing to a specific plan and regularly assessing progress is crucial to success. But too often, goals go rogue in January, falling under the category of lofty (often unrealistic) New Year’s resolutions that end up unmet. That’s why we introduced the antidote: The Resolution Diaries. Each week we follow three Equinox trainers on their personal journeys through the first 30 days of resolution season. They pen both progress and pitfalls in working toward change in a meaningful way.

Get to know all the participants here.

The pro: Cynthia Martinez, a Tier 3 trainer at Equinox Bryant Park in New York City

Week two update: “When I train for marathons, I grind hard and focusing on my resolution to take a step back in anticipation of a future pregnancy has been hard. I’m still struggling with wanting to race the Boston Marathon and a sub-three has been on my mind, probably because this is the best my body has felt in a long time. I’m starting to realize how fanatical I can be.

This week, I decided to push myself outside of my comfort zone by taking swim lessons as a way to change up my routine. I used to do a lot of water running in the pool as a form of cross training, particularly when I was injured. I have always wanted to learn how to swim, but felt it would take away time from my running goals. Boy, am I wrong.

I took my first lesson with the help of a swim coach, Ozzie Montejo, a Tier 2 trainer at Columbus Circle. I feel super slow with a silly kick board, especially when I see all these athletes whizzing by, but I still have a high level of fitness and was told that I can excel quickly if I practice the drills as much as possible. I have friends and clients telling me an Ironman is in my future.

I have also noticed that many of my pregnant clients also spend time in the pool. Swimming will allow my joints to have a break from all the pounding on concrete, but let me keep moving. The sport requires a surprising amount of coordination and gets my heart rate pumping. I’m noticing how I have soreness in new parts of my body and also sleep very well afterwards, which has me excited for my upcoming lessons.  

I’m currently writing every few days in my Believe journal, but am trying to become more diligent about it. I’ve noticed in the past two weeks that I’ve become more sensitive and attuned to everything around me. I’m really stopping to appreciate life and the opportunity to try new things.”

More Resolution Diaries: I Resolve to Do Cardio and I Resolve to Cook More