Yesterday (Friday) after work, I dragged Sky out to my favorite trail run, for an easy 5 mile loop.
The rules, as my body is still recovering, were simple: any leg pain at all means walk. Since I've been having hip pain, I wanted to keep myself from getting seriously injured.
It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. Sky claimed we were doing a muscle flex pose, but backed down at the last minute to mock me. Bastard.
The scenery is why this trail is my favorite. Well, that, it's a loop, and it has a KILLER hill, right in the middle, making for a rocking workout.
It was at least 10 degrees cooler when we were in the shade of the hills, which felt amazing. LA has been pretty warm this week.
We walked the hill, because my hip was bothering me. We were rewarded with a pretty view at the top.
The heat and the workout were turning Sky into a sweat machine.
I was not sweating nearly as much. =(
I know, I know, you're looking for the Jillian gossip, right?
Okay, so, within the first five minutes of the run we passed a guy with a walking stick.
About ten minutes from the end, we caught up with him. He was surprised as we passed him, since he had been walking the whole time, and we had been jogging. I explained that there are two loops (There's also a three mile loop), and told him how to take the longer loop.
He thanked us and introduced himself as Robert Margolin, the man who taught Jillian Michaels martial arts.
I asked him if he was the guy she tells the Doritos story about, and how it changed her life. He laughed and said the real story is, he asked her to eat her junk food outside so he wouldn't get ants in the studio. He said that most of what she talks about when it comes to her past is embellished at best, and flat out lies at worst.
According to him:
-Jillian was never more than 20 pounds overweight
-He never told her that junk food was killing her and she couldn't train with him until she quit eating crap and devoted herself to martial arts
-She two of her book titles/concepts from things he taught her
-He specifically warned her about the kind of combinations of stuff she ended up putting in her creepy diet pills
Apparently he talked to TMZ about it all recently, and the Doctors show wanted him to go on and surprise her or something, but Jillian found out and prevented it? And she refuses to return his calls?
Everything with a grain of salt and all that, but, he gave me his card, and I looked him up, so, at the very least I got to meet the guy who made Jillian Michaels who she is.
He was very defensive about the recent articles about her not being a real trainer and stuff. You could tell he was very proud of her. He mentioned acting like a father figure.
He was a really cool guy beyond the Jillian stuff, and it was nice to meet him.
Talking to him meant I had to wait until I was in my car to show off my sweat stains.
I'm applying these 5 miles to the Happy Runner Virtual Half Marathon, so:
5 miles. 75 minutes. Hey, I walked a lot, okay?
How do you feel about Jillian Michaels? Do you think she's amazing? Do you think she's awful? Would you do well training under her?