Yesterday morning I had my first taste of Boot Camp.
This is not your mother’s workout! Join in this military style workout designed to kick your butt.
They weren’t kidding!
The instructor, Tracey, walks in, a tough-looking lady in an army tee that says “DON’T MESS WITH ME!” I learn right off the bat that the answer to every question is a resounding SIR YES SIR! We start with a cardio warm-up – jumping jacks, jogging in place with high knee kicks and a step routine. We then broke off into three separate stations – standing lunges with the rear leg raised on a step, walking lunges with 10-lb free weights and thigh crunches on a balance ball. We went through each station twice, with bursts of cardio in between, several rounds of push-ups (I can only do the girlie ones) and we finished it off with the ab workout from hell. (Owwwwwwww!)
At once point, Tracey caught me doing something wrong. She gets up in my face…
Tracey: WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
Me: I’m not telling.
Tracey: ARE YOU INSANE?
She was tough and I often caught myself checking to see if she was looking so I could slack off and catch my breath for a second. (Shhh, don’t tell.) It was one of the best workouts I have ever had and I actually loved every minute of it – even when I hated it. I’ll be going back!
We spent the rest of the day watching the Santa Claus parade with hot chocolate (in the rain!) and decorating the house. The dreary rain eventually turned to snow, and it was looking particularly festive by the time we called it a day.
Last night I realized that after nine consecutive days of working out and/or running, I did not have it in me for a long run today. I managed to latch on to a couple friends who were running 12K and met them at 9 this morning. I woke up to a snow-covered neighbourhood. It was 0C (=32F) but felt great as the sun warmed up. Unfortunately, the snowy roads and sidewalks quickly became a slushy mess and it turned into a pretty wet run. Still, with good company it was enjoyable. One of us was sick, one of us was recovering from a severe hip injury and one of us (me!) was just plain exhausted, so it was a slow 12K at 6:02/KM pace.
In the process, they also convinced me to join the full marathon clinic starting in January. We will have a combination of 8 different instructors with extensive experience and it’s going to be a great bunch of people. These instructors go the extra mile to organized varied routes, often point-to-point, and always plan a brunch for afterwards. Sounds like just what I’ll need to get the miles in through this Canadian winter.
But for now I’m looking forward to a relaxing afternoon. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!