I DID take the week off from running; I did NOT rest, altogether.
My quads are sore, my arms are stronger, my core is planning its own one-woman show, my back holds itself a little higher and my shoulders are ready to master side-crow.
Yes, with a little more strength, practice and balance, I’ll get there, right? Right.
In an effort to simply mix it up, stay away from running but not all forms of activity, my week ended up looking like this:
Monday: Anusara at Samadhi; per my request we focused on arm-balances and inversions. Little did I know what I was in for…Side-crow challenge: ACCEPTED.
Tuesday: Anusara at Karma; always a hand-stand involved with this teacher, or at the very least, something that gets us upside-down. Half an hour against the wall practicing back-bends, inverted downward-dogs (?) and “L-position” had my shoulders talking. And they’re chatty shoulders.
Wednesday: Okay, the arms get a break! So, I tried Pure Barre, thinking it was a more leg-intensive class.
Wrong. I was so wrong.
When I signed in I was told to grab “A set of heavy weights, a set of light weights, a ball and a strap”. Um, what? Don’t I just need two good hands to hold onto the Barre on each side?! Sheesh.
We started with free weights, doing arm exercises (ouch). Then we did core; then we did at least three variations of squats (with pointed toes) at the barre (ouch); then we did more core; then we did seated leg lefts and hip strengtheners (aka “muffin-top” focused moves…); then we did seated abs; then we did abs with the ball behind the lower back.
Then, I thought my ab-muscles were literally going to start popping off their hinges. If that’s possible, it definitely would have been happening. I have never felt a burn like that! Well done, PB. Well. Done.
Thursday: GIVE ME CARDIO! I needed to sweat; not from shaking in plank or a squat or an arm balance. A REAL sweat from getting that heart-rate going.
Morning: D joined me and a friend at a 6:00 a.m. Spin + Core class. I prayed to anyone who listens that my core would survive that second part, somehow. Luckily, it was more spin than the latter. We focused on speed, strength and RPMs for a solid 45 minutes! Then we did squats and frog-stretches (otherwise known as a “wide squat”, apparently).
What?! Core, please??
This was followed by 1 minute plank holds, on each side. Whew, that I can handle.
….Night: I joined Cait (and recruited Martha, heh, RBs unite!) for hot yoga. One of my favorite teachers and another chance to sweat? Sure, why not.
Welcome to FRIDAY. I’m resting, enjoying some free time this morning, and gearing up for our Free yoga class tonight!
Lactic acid, be gone! Tomorrow, we run.
Have you tried Pure Barre?! Please tell me it was a good workout! If not, I have a teacher in Denver waiting for you…