Thursday, September 27, 2012

Three Things Thursday: Work it out

I am a masochist. Or an exercise addict. Or a mom with a night free who wanted to do the most with the time she had.

You pick.

Last night, I had a plan. I was going to go home, run a few miles with Denali and head to a yoga studio that I had a Living Social deal for. I've been having scheduling classes with the studio and when I wasn't confirmed for the class by lunchtime Wednesday, I thought I'd make other plans.

First it was run and then Turbo Kick at the gym where I teach but the instructor was injured. Instead, TX was going to offer Zumba with my favorite gal. The plan became to run, hang out a bit and then go to Zumba  at 7:30. Well, then the gym posted on Facebook that the night's specialty class, which is before Zumba, was going to include running.

And well you see where this is going.

1. I came home from work to an empty house - Mark and Miles were at Camp Grandma - and quickly threw on some shorts, got Denali leashed up and headed out. I wanted to get two or three very slow miles in. The summer-like humidity helped me with that. We covered 2.6 miles at a 9:44 pace, and I still managed to be covered in sweat.

2. I got home, quickly changed shirts and was out the door for specialty class. I was a bit late - I blame a train - and found the class hanging out at the corner, where a trail starts. I parked and quickly ran over, only to find out that I wasn't going to stop running. The workout: Run or walk a half-mile; stop; do circuit one; run or walk a half mile; stop; do circuit two; hill sprints; jog back. It was a (very tough) class after this runner's heart - I was just disappointed that I didn't have my MOTOACTV to track the mileage. The best part of the class might have been the cat calls, though. The trail ran alongside a busy road and 5 minutes din't go by without being honked at.

3. I finished the class soaking wet - again - and tired but I was committed to doing Zumba. I hung out with the girls, picked up a couple weeks of subbing duties and caught my breath. Soon enough, it was time to dance. Let me tell you this: I forgot just how hard Zumba can be. Like any workout, you get out of it what you put in it but I struggled to keep up and, at the end, I definitely had to modify the movements to stay with the group.

It was fun, though, and a great change of pace. And something that is not going to happen very often. Three workouts, back-to-back, is just crazy.


  1. Sounds like an awesome mommy night out! I would have totally done the same thing. When my hubs takes L to Grandma's or out, I like to hit the gym.

  2. Wow, that sounds like quite an accomplishment! Great job!

  3. you came home to an empty house?! what's that like??!

    nice workout. i'm tired just reading it ;)

  4. I love it! I always figure, I'm already sweaty. Why not do some more!? Nice work!

  5. Boom! That was a hulluvan active day! Gotta love Camp Grandma!