This is Jason Hinds.
He is from Jamaica.
He and my parents met in New York City about five years ago when they (my parents and Jason) were serving missions for our church in the Bronx.
That experience alone would make people friends for life.
Since Jamaica and his family are so very far away, we’ve become Jason’s American “family”. Nobody is nicer or more gentle, he sings constantly, he is so kind with my kids (read here: he lets them hang all over him all the time), and he makes a mean Jamaican meal for us. We love it when Jason is around.
Jason is a runner.
Like a super-de-duper fast runner.
Jason runs tracks for BYU. Jason has to keep up his training constantly, and when we are both in the same city (and I’m not pregnant), I tag along with Jason to his track workouts.
The first time I went, I thought I was in shape. I thought I could hang. I do tons of plyometrics. I can frog jump along with the best of them. I workout every day (minus one) every week. I thought I could impress Mr. Fast Pants a little.
Not even close.
He ran me into the ground. Literally. To. The. Ground.
All I remember, as I was leaping on one foot from one end of the track to the other was my mother standing on the sidelines buckled over with laughter.
She was laughing at me.
When she caught her breath, wiped the tears from her eyes, she could only cough out, “Next to him, you look like a Grandma out there!” And then she resumed her uncontrolled fit of laughter.
OK, OK, OK. My ego was definitely brought down a few — a million — notches. But, I’m definitely not bitter about it.
It is good for me, for us, to step out of our comfort zone and workout with people who just might be a little (or in my case A LOT) more talented or in better shape than us.
I’ve since had several workouts with Jason and have learned to appreciate a few things besides the very sore muscles:
New moves and killer workouts.
Since he’s training with coaches and other elite athletes, Jason has access to moves and workouts I’ve never even seen – or thought of – before. I’ve stolen those moves, given them to my clients, to you, and use them on myself. Even though I’ll never be a world class sprinter, I use Jason’s training and experience to bring me to a level I couldn’t do by myself.
Appreciate once again the enormous capacity of the human body.
I physically cannot do what Jason can in most things. OK, anything. However, when I watch him run and jump, I am constantly amazed at the ability of the human body to move and fly. It’s like watching Cirque De Soliel on a track. Gorgeous.
Once this baby is here and I’m back in my groove, I look forward to my next Jason Hind’s work-you-out-until-you-are-passed-out-on-the-track-workout.
Man, it will feel good!
BTW — Jason and his running talents are featured in an LDS video contest right now. If you are interested, check out his video here. Scroll down until you find one called “God Gave Us Talents”. Give it a look — and vote for him if you like it! My kids have watched it at least 278 times. We are HUGE Jason fans around here.