The end of August! How in the world is it almost fall already?
Time go so much faster than it used to!
I thought I’d pop in and give an update to my New Year’s Resolutions.
- First up was the Run Streak. I ran every day for 65 days. Most days I ran at least 3 miles but there were some of the days that I only ran 1 mile. Two times I ran in place for 10 minutes. I know, Crazy! I really wanted the sweatshirt and I was so hoping I could make it all year but it wasn’t in the cards. On the day before the Chattanooga Half Marathon, I “forgot to run.” I didn’t realize it until the next day and I was so bummed. I truly just forgot. After that, I didn’t have the heart for it anymore. I may try it again next year and see if I can get farther. Maybe not though. A runner I met on Facebook that is much faster than me told me her secret to going fast is scheduling in a LOT of rest days.
- Next was the Tai Chi and Kung Fu experiment. I was a student for 3 months and made it to Blue Belt and boy was it fun but very, very, hard. I passed the Tai Chi test too. This proved to be the most mentally challenging thing I’ve done in my adult life. I really loved it but after the Blue Belt test we had to purchase mouth guards and then we had to start sparring. Like in real fighting. Ummm, No thank you. I respectfully withdrew from class and wished Ron the very best. I secretly think he’s happy I’m not a student anymore. He was excited to share it with me but in the end, it was his thing and not for me.
- When I gave up Kung Fu, I knew I needed something for cross training. I had huge success last year with Cross Fit and I really enjoyed it. However, I really wanted to work out in the mornings before work to help use my time more efficiently. My coach’s box had a 5:30am class and I did try it a couple of times. I’d leave the box as close to 6:30am as I could but more times than not, I’d still end up in bad traffic. Sometimes I wouldn’t get to work until 7:30 and I’d have just barely enough time to shower and get to my desk by 8:00. It wasn’t working. And, even though the 5:30am coach was awesome, I missed Liz, the owner and head coach. I was very close to giving up on my goal of morning workouts and just sucking it up and trying to make it to after work sessions. However, my good friend and running buddy, Amelia, had been talking about Camp Gladiator. It just so happened that they were running a huge promotion. I tried it out in March and was hooked.
Let me give you all a review of Camp Gladiator. Each time you go to camp you “check-in.” I’ve checked in 41 times so far since March 16th. That’s an average of 2 times a week. That’s pretty much what I was doing last year with CrossFit. My goal is 3x week so I’m hoping to up my game for the rest of this year.
Camp Gladiator has outdoor camps just about everywhere. I think there is something like 75 different locations and times in the Raleigh area. It’s a group fitness class with a personal trainer. Most of the camps are in the mornings but they do have camps after work and even a new one coming up during the lunch hour. They have a couple of locations that offer Saturday camps. You have to bring your own mat and dumbbells but CG provides all the other equipment. A couple of the camps have indoor locations at area churches and such but some just have parking decks and awnings to get under if it rains. It really isn’t a problem at all. I think it has only been raining 2 times that I wanted to go to camp. 1 time I went to the camp at the United Methodist Church in Garner since they have a gym and the other time I went to my regular camp at Cameron Village. I run all the time in all kinds of weather. Cross Training outdoors is no biggie at all. In fact I love it! This is going to sound cheesy but near the end of the workout when we are stretching and on our mats, I love to stare off into the sky. I look at the moon and stars and the clouds. I notice the rising sun. It really is a great source of inspiration. Think about it. How many chances do you get to lay on your back and look into the heavens on a regular work day? Sure you can when your at the beach on vacation but how often do you do it during a normal week?
The way CG works is they have 4 weeks at a time for camps. Each week is different: Endurance, Strength and Agility, High Intensity Interval Training, and lastly Peak or Metabolic Conditioning week. The 5th week is what they call Bold Week and that’s when you can choose to take a break or try a different kind of workout. During these Bold weeks they have things like Zumba, Cardio Dance, Yoga, Run clubs, etc.
Camp Gladiator has helped me a lot with strength. I’m doing so much better on push-ups. I can do 10 now on my toes but I don’t go very low. One of my coaches told me she wants me to stay on my knees for a while longer until I can get stronger. Not gonna lie here, it hurt my feelings but I know it is the truth. Form over speed and number of reps! I’ve still got a lot of work to do in the flexibility area also.
The best things about CG is all the amazing people. Everyone is so nice and supportive. All the coaches are very motivating.
- My last resolution for 2016 was to try and not buy anything. I’ll do a separate post on this. I haven’t been perfect but I haven’t given up either.
Best wishes to all as we strive to make the most of our time and push forward in our goals.