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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tired, Sore and Sleepy

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I'm still here. I haven't dropped off the face the planet after my awesome race on Sunday. In fact, I've been working out harder than ever it seems. It's just been a crazy week both at work and after work. But some of that craziness has come in the form of going to my new gym. So that's good!

Tuesday evening I tried out the computer generated strength training workout at the gym. I meant to take a photo of the print-out but got distracted by how much fun I was having. It's been over a year since I did any kind of strength training using weight machines and I had forgotten how much I like it. I did all the weight machines listed but ended up skipping the four ab exercises in favor of getting in a run.

5K on the treadmill in 28:something. About what I would have done if I'd been able to run outside at lunch so that made me happy. I'm getting so spoiled by these fancy, bouncy treadmills at the gym that I fear my little treadmill in my scary basement is going to get neglected. I didn't even turn on the tv on the fancy gym treadmill. I'm going to be vain here and admit that I like watching myself run. Something about watching the glisten of sweat appear on my reflection. Watching my shoulders move. Watching my collarbones stand out. It's beautiful and sexy. And sometimes that's better than anything I could watch on tv.

I did listen to music, though. And, yes, I mouthed along with many of the words. At least I think I mouthed along. No one ran away screaming so I'm assuming I wasn't singing out loud.

Last night I really wanted to attend the "FITJam" class at the gym. It's described as being:

a heart-pumping dance class incorporating moves from Latin Dance (salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha), Capoeira, bellydance and hip-hop. Work those hips, tone and tighten the mid section, and have a blast doing it!

The only downside? It starts at 6PM meaning I'd need to leave work early in order to make it home in time to change and drive to the gym.

But, wait! There is a train that goes from across the street from my office to across the street from the gym. Maybe if I took that train I could make it in time. So, last night I decided to try it out.

Success! However, the class has a substitute teacher who normally teaches "Hi/Low Impact". I don't know if he did his Hi/Low class or if he did the FITJam class but either way it was super fun and I had a great time. Lots of hopping and dancing and arm waving. And he was hilarious. Afterward I did some ab work with the stability ball and then called Jason to pick me up. I'll definitely be trying this again next week.

However, today I am SORE. And last night while I was doing ab work I tweaked my left hamstring. I used the foam roller to roll it out immediately and that seemed to help. I ran at lunch today (approximately 4.5 miles...same as last Thursday) and it didn't bother me. But now I'm tired and sore.

Originally I was scheduled to meet up with the trainer tonight to go over some strength training for runners. I had to reschedule, though, because the husband got us free tickets to tonight's final dress rehearsal before the world premier tomorrow night of The Addams Family: A Musical". Free tickets to see Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth perform? Yes, I'll reschedule the gym for that. See, I have my priorities straight :-)


MonkeyBusiness said...

Erin -

Which FFC did you join?


kilax said...

Ooo, I LOVE when I am sore like that! Yay! Have fun at the show tonight. I saw a sign for that and wondered if I should try to get tickets for when my fam comes. Then I remembered I am poor. Ha ha.

What kind of strength moves did you do at the gym? Do you mind sharing? I made my own routine, so, you know... it's probably not all that good!

Lacey Nicole said...

lol! fit jam sounds pretty cool! and it made you sore!!! so hey it must be doing something. what gym do you go to? sounds pretty awesome with fancy treadmills and classes called fit jam :)

Lindsay said...

I've never seen me run. My YMCA doesn't have any mirrors over by the treadmills. My college gym does have mirrors but they're on the side so I can _kinda_ see my side and my stride length but if I look too long I get off balance a lot. But I wish I could see how beautiful and sexy I look too! :-)

Bayjb said...

WHOA! I'm so jealous you got Addams Family tickets! Ticket me jealous. Can't wait to hear about it. I love strength training too.

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