Saturday, March 2, 2013

month of movement: I SURVIVED!

friday, february 22
activity: kickboxing and salsa
calories burned: 500 for kickboxing, a HRM monitor would not have gone well with my sassy salsa outfit.

Lu and I usually go to Thursday evening kickboxing at Redline Fight Sports, but the 21st was my birthday and we had more important things to do. Redline is close enough to my office that I was able to swing a noon class. Lu and I were both feeling a wee bit sore from Wednesday's climbing session, but we still managed to get in a decent workout. However, the main activity of the day was absolutely the salsa dancing that we did that evening. I won't go on and on about it because I've already blogged about it but, yeah, it was the most fun I've had in a very long time.

saturday, february 23
activity: barre class and 3.5 mile walk
calories burned: 600

Between the kickboxing, salsa, and numerous gin and vodka cocktails, I was feeling a bit rough around the edges. However, I still managed to drag my salsa-lovin' ass out of bed for a 9am barre class with Liz. The class was at Vim and it was.. just okay. I definitely got a decent lower-body workout, but there was no upper body exercises at all, and very little core. Maybe I've been spoiled by all of the Core Fusion classes that I've gone to, but I don't think i'd go back to barre at Vim, and especially not for a drop-in rate of $15 per class.

Later on, I decided to try to stretch out my legs with a walk to and from Danielle's birthday dinner in Harvard Square. It was probably a smart choice due to the fact that I was running one leg of the Hyannis Marathon Relay the next day. More on that to come..

sunday, february 24
activity: 7 mile run
calories burned: 800

A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted about needing a fourth for the Hyannis Marathon Relay. I've done the half for the last couple of years but between the November marathon and the awful winter, I just couldn't mentally get myself behind training for another half. As you can see if you've been following my recaps, my runs have been few and far between. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I managed the seven miles. My Garmin got waterlogged and randomly shut off a little after mile 5, but my overall pace was ~10:15 min/mile. Not too shabby considering the lack of running and some truly awful weather.

monday, february 25
activity: 5 mile walk
calories burned: 500

I woke up on Monday morning feeling as though I'd been hit by a ton of bricks. I'd done some pretty intense workouts throughout the month, but it felt like everything had caught up with me practically over night. I was sore and incredibly exhausted and decided to cut myself a little slack and do some walking.

tuesday, february 26
activity: elliptical
calories burned: 540

Come Tuesday I was still feeling pretty ragged, so I can't say that I was mad when Lauren texted early that morning asking if we could skip the run and opt for the elliptical instead. It's pretty great when you can get in an hour workout AND catch up with your friend at the same time.

wednesday, february 27
activity: rock climbing (mostly bouldering)
calories burned: 500

It's pretty exciting to go into the rock gym and see that there are tons of new routes. But then it's really frustrating when you try one and realize that they're all way too difficult to climb. Instead of torturing myself on top rope routes that would only frustrate me, I decided to spend most of the night working on some bouldering routes. I'm hoping that come Wednesday I'll be feeling a little more rested both mentally and physically and will be ready to attack those new 5.9 and 5.10 routes.

thursday, february 28
activity: kickboxing
calories burned: 430

Back to the usual routine of a 6pm kickboxing class with Lu at Redline. My favorite instructor was teaching the class and he always makes me smile.  His name is Arek and he's pretty much the human embodiment of Boris from Rock and Bullwinkle. The class was great, I really feel like I'm starting to get a little better in terms of my form and technique. Oh, and I pretty much felt like the biggest bad ass on the block when i kicked over the bag with my roundhouse kick. Not a bad way to end the Month of Movement.

I am pretty proud of myself for surviving the Month of Movement challenge. I had a tremendous amount of fun and learned a lot about myself. I want to dedicate more time to the takeaways from the challenge, so stay tuned for that!

What have you done lately that made you proud? Tell me about your accomplishments!

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