Saturday, May 19, 2012
Today was my first live bootcamp experience. I feel like I worked out, but nothing too over-the-top. I think that tomorrow, I'll DEFINITELY feel it in my glutes and probably triceps the most. But, for today, I feel pretty good.
There are definitely some things I liked and some things that I disliked about this particular bootcamp:
It was outside and it was a gorgeous, cool, spring morning.
The class was mostly women, today. Though I'm told that there are usually guys in the class too. There was only one today and I think he might have been an assistant teacher or something. Not sure... But, I liked that.
I was working out with my best friend! That was the best part! Also, another woman from our church was there as well. It was her and my first time being at boot camp. She remarked that it was harder than her Zumba class.
It was a great cardio workout, so I burned a ton of calories! That's always great!
It was hard, but it was fun. The time flew by.... but not fast enough. LOL We were out there for 1.5 hours!! And that's because I left the class. I think they were going to stay for 2 hours!. But had I been in my basement doing my circuit training dvd, I would have been allll tooo aware of the time.
My glutes were worked out A LOT!!! Since this is one of my problem areas, I was happy for that.
Doing the bootcamp has sparked my interest in my Jillian "No More Trouble Zones" circuit training dvd again. That's pretty awesome! So, that's something that I can add to my exercise program in order to get my strength training in. Jillian's dvd works more muscle groups than the bootcamp did... and in less time too. The bootcamp was more cardio, in my opinion.
The instructor was VERY encouraging to all the regulars. He made a point to call out individual names and tell them that they were doing great. The other instructor (or helper... or whatever he was) was equally encouraging... always giving high-five's and saying "great job." So, I really could appreciate that, even though the comments weren't geared towards me. LOL I guess if he'd known my name, he might have thrown some encouragement my way, personally. LOL But, as it was, I was pleased with the OVERALL encouraging environment and mood of the instructor and of the participants as well.
There were a lot of moves that kept us in push-up position... a lot of planks... push-ups... dynamic push-ups... crawls, etc. All these types of moves put pressure on my shoulders. Because of my job and my volunteer work with my church, I have sustain a repetitive motion injury to my right shoulder/neck region. I have been resting it as much as possible, but the movements today, did cause some strain. Also, I'm not sure how my knees will feel. There were a lot of dynamic movements, jumping and landing, etc. I did wear my brace on my right knee, but I usually don't need one for the left. Hopefully, all is well.
The instructor didn't really take much time to make sure that newbies were doing the moves correctly (i.e., he didn't focus on form) Sure, he demonstrated the movements but didn't really seem invested in making sure the participants were doing the moves correctly. Speed seemed more important than form. So, I had to slow down many of his moves so that I could focus on form. I'm thankful that I knew the right form for most, so I could slow things down and get the muscle burn that the exercise intended. There was one move that I, clearly, wasn't doing correctly. Thankfully, my best friend came over to show me and that drastically improved my performance.
The instructor didn't seem to offer many modifications that would work the same areas but with less strain certain various joints... or modifications for intensity level.
As far as the strength training aspects... there wasn't a lot going on. There was some lower body training (quads, glutes) and some ab work at the end (and with all the planking), but not a lot of upper body stuff... mostly just triceps (because of the push-ups).
It's early, but probably not early enough for my schedule. Because I teach a class on Saturdays, I won't have time to go out there at the time the bootcamp is offered. But, if it were just an hour earlier, I could probably swing it. Also, I'm thinking that if it's still offered in the summer, it'll be scorching hot if he doesn't move the time up.
SO... WOULD I GO AGAIN?....
Meh... maybe. Maybe not. LOL I don't know. If my schedule allowed, it might be fun to meet them out there again. Seeing as though I have more positives listed that negatives, it would seem to make sense to go again, huh? LOL Only time will tell...
But, in the meantime, I can do my Jillian No More Trouble Zones circuit training dvd. Stay tuned...
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I had an absolutely wonderful Mother's Day today! I spent the day with my hubby, my children, my Mommy, my sister and her fiance. We had such a wonderful time of fellowship.
We went to church in the morning and then to a restaurant to eat. I had the seafood fettucine alfredo. I'm not even going to attempt to track it. The portions were so huge. But, I only ate half. I could have probably ate just a third of my plate and been fine. LOL But it was a delicious meal. No dessert.
As soon as I got home I put on my workout clothes and hit the treadmill. I did walk/run intervals. Today was the first time I've run since the 5K and it felt good. I even increased my speed on my run intervals.
I hope all the mothers and daughters and sons and husbands and children in Sparkland had an awesome day too!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
As I mentioned in some of my status updates, I've been struggling to regain consistency every since having achieved my 5K goal. I ran the 5K almost a month ago (April 14th) and hadn't worked out AT ALL from that time until YESTERDAY. Key word: YESTERDAY.
Last night, I sat up and wrote (or re-wrote) my goals on paper for this week (baby steps) and started implementing plans to achieve them TODAY. One component of those plans is to workout EVERY single day for at least 35 minutes.
So, here I am on Day 1, DOING IT! LOL Sorry if you have motion-sickness type issues. I'm walking on the treadmill in this video. LOL
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I did it!!! I can't believe it!! I actually did it! I set a goal at the end of 2011 to run a 5K in 2012. When I signed up in March, I was left with only 5 weeks to train. Those 5 weeks were aggressive. But, I actually did it!! Me??!! Unbelievable!
My husband, children, mother and best friend all came down to support me. It was great knowing they were there.... They are the absolute best!!!
Now for the play-by-play...
I participated in the Move4Mobility 5k and 5-miler, for which 100% of the proceeds go to support the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research group. I signed up for this particular race because I was familiar with the terrain. I knew that the route was flat, with no hills whatsover. I knew that it wouldn't really get a lot of publicity (unlike Susan G. Komen) so there wouldn't be tons of people there. I chose well.
I arrived at about 7am to pick up my race package.
There I am with my neon yellow shirt on.
There were a few people there. Some with short sleeves and some with short shorts. But, it was COLD! I knew that those folks must be hardcore runners to dress in that manner. They knew that they'd get hot as they continued to run. I knew that too, but I layered up. If I got hot... too bad. I wasn't coming out there with short sleeves and short shorts or capris! No Sir-eee.
Anyway, when the race started, I somehow ended up at the front of the pack.
Mistake, mistake, mistake. LOL.
See my bright yellow neon shirt over to the right. (smile)
Those folks were wisping past me... AND, they totally overwhelmed me. The adrenaline of it all caused me to start out much faster than I'm used to. But, I just couldn't slow down. I was out of breath very quickly. I was trying to find my pace and my rhythm. I couldn't figure out what my pace was supposed to be... UNTIL... a woman jogged up beside me and it SEEMED like she had a similar pace to mine. I asked her if she was running the 5K or the 5-miler. When she said that she was running the 5K, I thought to myself... "I'm going to be with her the whole time." And I was.
Can you see me and my race-day jogging buddy?
She had a SIMILAR pace, but I realized during the race that it was slightly faster than my pace. She challenged me. It wasn't a "conversational" pace for me, but we managed to talk regardless. I seemed more out of breath than she, but we continued on. She stopped to walk for 10-seconds at one point. Very quick. But, I just kept jogging beside her. I never stopped jogging.
She also had one of those GPS watches and she would every so often tell me how far we had gone. Honestly, I didn't even want to know. It seemed to make me more anxious. It made me start thinking about the finish. Thankfully, she never did tell me the amount of time we had been jogging. I appreciate that very much. Because when we hit the turnaround and started headed back for the last half of the race, I KNEW I would make it. There was no way I could stop at that point. I KNEW I had to press on.
And together, we did. We pressed on right through the finish line. We finished in 39:10!!! I couldn't be more ecstatic!!! I can't even imagine it... still. I had only hoped that I would finish in less than 45 minutes. But, to finish in less than 40 minutes???!!!.... WOW!!
My official finishing time was 38:39!!!
And, it really feels good to be able to run. I feel strong. I feel fit. I feel like continuing on!
I hope to have some pictures of the event at some point. My mom took pictures but with one of those throw-away digital cameras. LOL Crazy. So, once she has her photos developed (or whatever you call it with those things..LOL), I'll post some pictures on my page. (UPDATE: My mom couldn't even locate the pictures she took with that pitiful camera! LOL So, I have no pictures from her. No finishline photo either.)
Thanks everyone for all your support as I trained!!! You're the best!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do it. I mean, 5K Training has NOT been going well.
Week 1 - I trained 1 day.
Week 1 repeat - I trained 2 days
Week 2 - I skipped altogether. I didn't do any training.
Week 3 - I trained 1 day and then another day I just walked the entire time
And, now, it's week 4!! I am supposed to RUN (no walk intervals) for all of my training days! Day 1 is supposed to be 35 minutes; Day 2, 35 minutes; and Day 3, 40 minutes.
I have been stressing over it for a while now. Yesterday, I was going to do my training, but I just didn't. So, that meant that I just had to do it today if I was going to get in 3 days this week with breaks in between.
I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I have never run that long. The most I've run is 10 minutes straight. Soooo, I just determined that I would simply do my best. I thought my best would be 10 minutes and then walk for a few minutes and then repeat that until the 35 minutes were up. But, that wasn't my best. Something kicked in after about 4 minutes. It wasn't a cardiovascular struggle anymore and I had a lot more in me. So, I just distracted myself from thinking about the time and I just kept running and I made it! I made it through the entire 35 minutes without stopping!
I'm just so thrilled!!!
Now, I didn't get very far (2.7 miles). But, that was with a 5 minute warm-up walk and a 5 minute cool-down walk. So, I really did that mileage in 45 minutes. Soo.. if I want to finish the 5K in 45 minutes, I guess I'll have to amp it up. But, I'll know for sure after my 3rd run this week where I have to run for 40 minutes straight. If I can get very close to 3 miles in that time, then I know I should be able to complete the 3.1 in 45minutes.
But, that goal is just tucked away in the back back back of my mind. I really just want to be able to run the 5K without walking any. However long that takes is fine... um, well sort of. :-) LOL
Thanks for the support everyone!!
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