I figured I should get in one last class before JFK and knew any later than today would have me still sorer than hell for the race. Suprisingly though I am getting stronger and my muscles do not seem quite so angry with me after each visit! Don't get me wrong last Friday I woke up thinking I was having chest pains and it took me until lunch where Daisy reminded me of the gazillion push ups we did for me to remember the cause. But today I did almost all of the exercises (had to bail on a few of the Bosu ball crunches, I swear our teacher is trying to snap my abs in half!) and my arms are fully functional rather than seemingly hard to lift or type! Progress! I was especially happy that I survived all of the plank exercises using the upside down Bosu ball, these killed me a few weeks ago.
I would highly recommend this type of class to strengthen up for running. I love the music and the fact that I am lifting weights without sitting on some bench where all the guys stare at you! The teacher does a great job of keeping the whole workout varied, mixing in cardio and working pretty much every muscle in the body. I think doing this routine once or twice a week will be key in keeping injury free and getting stronger in the late miles of the marathons and ultras!
Today was lonely as Daisy had to work and the other regular was gone too. Hopefully the teacher didn't mind it only being me. It was well worth my time! I find it so weird how I can push through so much with my running but can really struggle on some of these weight sets. Not only is this making my body stronger I think it will make me mentally stronger too!
Looking forward to an easy 3 miler tomorrow then I am pampering myself with a 15 minute hot tub session and some light stretching since yoga class is cancelled.
Just 8 days until JFK!