I hit a wall this week. I initially thought I had just overdone myself last week and this week my body was paying the price. Now I realize my body was fighting something because here I am in bed with a sore throat, running nose, and hoarse voice. Lovely. No running this week. No Week 6 happened at all. Monday’s Boot Camp happened then Tuesday I was so so so tired I didn’t do anything. Wednesday came and I realized I had a sick child, thus no boot camp for me.
Finally Friday arrived and I had extra help with the kids so I was able to just jet off to the gym in the morning by myself and participate in boot camp (oh yay). It wasn’t that bad, it was arms which is significantly easier for me than core or cardio even. I think it was after that, pushing my body beyond what it wanted to do, that the sickness finally overcame me and I rapidly lost my voice and felt the sore throat come on full force. Ugh, just what I wanted for my three day weekend!
I hope Monday finds me healthy and energized!
Boot camp today was interesting. It almost felt like I was in junior high again and we had a sub. The assistant who was supposed to do the workout today wasn’t there. So the fitness director had a DIY workout that let her just walk around and supervise. It started with one lap around the track I normally run. Learned today that it is 0.68 miles. Then after the lap we dispersed into three different “stations”. One was core, one was arms and the third was legs. We then had to do another lap around the track between each station.
I started with the core. Very quickly I realized that I pulled a muscle in my lower stomach, very lower stomach. In fact, right near the scar from my c-section incision. I was able to do the crunches and side crunches but the V-lifts and other exercises I just simply couldn’t do. Even the fitness director came over and said stop when I did the first V-lift. She said she could see right away that I was showing the pain of a pulled muscle on my face. Hopefully it won’t hurt for very long.
The leg station sucked, my calves have never burned so much. I hate to admit it but I kinda like the arm station. I enjoy seeing my muscles pop out 🙂
Here is where the workout really sucked. The run. The very first lap around I was quickly outpaced by all the other women. I accepted this since I was definitely trying to pace myself. On the second run and third run I couldn’t run the whole thing like I did the first lap. I walked some on the second lap and walked most of it on the third lap. I was, of course, the last one of our group to get back to the station. I want so badly to be able to run a long distance. Every day that I run and see that I can’t run a long distance I get so down on myself. Am I not trying hard enough or am I really just not capable of this?
Today I successfully completed Week 1 of Boot Camp. It’s sort of weird. During boot camp I am miserable, I am breathing hard, ready to fall over and/or pass out. Once its over, I feel like I didn’t work out in the first place. For example, after my runs, the workout stays with me. I feel that I put my body and mind thru something and feel better for it. At the end of boot camp, once I’ve caught my breath and had some water, I’m not sore or tired out at all. Of course the soreness comes in time but there is almost no effects immediately. Is that normal for a strength training type workout?
Every day thus far there has been a different assistant/leader. The fitness director of the gym is there every time and every time she says “Sally” or “Jim” is going to lead the workout that day. On Monday and Wednesday however, the workouts were led by her, unquestionably, but today the assistant was finally the one who led the workout. I just thought that was kinda funny. I just thought maybe she was super controlling but today not at all.
The assistant who led today also happens to teach some yoga classes so at the end we did some nice yoga stretches. Those felt really good and of course any thing we do where we can stand still is a win in my book. She also let us take our water bottles around the track with us which was awesome. Whenever I have to leave my water bottle behind I think I am going to die!
Friday’s, we have been told, will be concentrated to one part of the body. Today it was legs. Lots of quad work. There were some exercises that I was doing totally half-assed so I didn’t feel the stretch anywhere but I wasn’t about to complain! 🙂 At the end we did calf stretches. That is not a muscle we use on a regular basis so when you work it you really really feel it.
It was still really cool out this morning when we were working out and there was a nice breeze. It was super funny, during the end of the workout I kept hoping one of the ladies from the play center would come out and grab me to go change a diaper. I have never wanted to change a poopy diaper so bad in my life! Can’t blame me for leaving if I’m doing it to take care of my babies right?!
Tomorrow is supposed to be my first 2 mile straight run. No breaks. This will determine truly how far I’m come. Never in my life have I been able to run or even jog 2 miles straight. I almost want to reward myself with something. Probably won’t though. The reward is coming at the end of the 5k!
I’m not having fun. I am just going to put that out there. This is not an activity where I wake up each morning and say “yay, I have boot camp in an hour!”. Not even close. If someone offered me a “get out of jail free” card with this situation I would be done. Finished.
Unfortunately I did pay $60 for this class and as much pain as I am in during it, I know it’s good for me. It makes me feel muscles I didn’t know existed. Hopefully, when I am done I can look back and be so glad I did this. Because if I can’t look back and be glad I did it, I sure as hell am not doing it again.
Today the weather was nice enough that we could be outside. It is shocking the brutal workouts they can put you thru without any gym toys. We used a fence at one point, and curbs, and steps….oh so many steps. We did use the bands towards the end of the hour.
There is a major upside to being outside during all of it. The scenery is much much nicer then the inside of a gymnasium (we worked out on the basketball court on Monday).
I have confirmed (with myself) that I am the least fit person in that class. When we jog, I come in last, when we do lunges, I come in last. I always come in last, am sweating the most and panting the hardest. We left our water bottles behind on our “journey” around the track behind the gym. My water bottle is my lifeline, I do so much better when I’m properly hydrated. Oh, and next time I need to wear a hat, remember to wear a hat. Only three weeks and a day left to do. I’m fairly certain it won’t kill me but I have absolutely no confidence that I won’t pass out at some point. So stay tuned!
Ran Week 5 Day 1 this afternoon. And it’s a scorcher today. And there are fires nearby so it’s smoky. Probably one of those days were I should have opted for the treadmill instead. Have I mentioned how much I hate the treadmill? Not a fan.
Yet here I am, alive, and not much worse for the wear. I came home sweatier then usual and I am so not a fan of being overheated and super sweaty. After I took the shower I felt all nice and clean and refreshed and…healthy! A girl could get used to that.
There were so many points where I wanted to quit. And it’s not like I was running at a feverish pace. I was going sllllooooooowwwww. So slow. But I love the feeling of having finished another “run” and the feeling after I’ve done some sort of physical exercise. So I stuck with it and am very happy that I did.
Since hubby is working from home today, I ran out and got us Subway sandwiches for lunch. I am stupidly obsessed with their sandwiches. I made a change! I got my sandwich on wheat bread for the first time ever. I never do that. Italian and sourdough bread are my peeps! But my new attitude is about making small changes here or there. By making these small changes, I hope to really craft out new eating habits. It’s my eating habits that are really the thing that gets me in the most trouble weight wise. I also splurged and got avocado. It’s more money of course but its all those healthy fats right? Plus I just think it’s delicious.
Tomorrow is Boot Camp Day 2. I’m scared….and tired. Mostly just scared scared scared. I just know its going to hurt. a lot.