Monday, July 23, 2012

A Long Run and a Lesson Learned

Yesterday was long-run Sunday, and Suzann and I headed to Burke Lake Park early to get the miles in. We got to the park around 645, and were pleased to see that there was no ranger in the booth, so we didn’t have to pay! Hooray! The weather was strangely perfect, about 70 and cloudy, and the trail was packed! It’s been so rainy around here that we were expecting to find the path pretty muddy, so we wore old shoes and clothes we could get dirty in. However, we were happy to find that it seems all the foliage has protected the trail, because aside from a few big puddles, all was dry!  We did the 5-mile loop once and then stopped for a bathroom/water break. By the time we headed out for our second loop, the park was even busier than when we first arrived. It seemed like people were taking advantage of the cooler temps and slept a little later this morning before setting out for their own runs. Not us! Out before the sun, per usual.

We ended with 10.7 miles – half a mile longer than my previous longest run! Wheeeee! It was hard though – I was running on an empty stomach (bad Lindsay) and got kind of nauseous towards the end of the run. Suz was patient with me though (you’re the best!!) and walked a little ways with me while I forced my stomach to behave. We finished strong, and rewarded ourselves with Starbucks. We felt a little disheveled throughout the run – she tripped over a rock and almost wiped out, I tripped over a branch and almost twisted my ankle, I had a rock in my shoe, she needed to pee… Not our usual ability to just go the whole way without stopping. C’est la vie – some runs just aren’t meant to be smooth and easy! We had a great time at the park, and it was really nice to take advantage of the cool weather and change up our usual course. Pretty views and an unpredictable course always make things a little more interesting.


On Saturday, I learned a valuable lesson: BodyStep is not for me. In a moment of courage, I stepped (no pun intended) outside my comfort zone and decided to take the Les Mills Step class without even a friend around to provide moral support. Brave! (Or something.) I took the class on “launch day,” which is when the new choreography is revealed, thinking that I’d be fine since no one else would know the choreo either. Um, wrong. I like to think I’m a pretty coordinated person… yeah, apparently not so much. There may or may not have been multiple times when I was just standing behind my step, staring blankly at the instructors – my feet just would not do the things they were supposed to be doing. Pretty sure I will avoid that class from here on out… but at least I can say I’ve given it a whirl. I’ll stick to my Pump and Combat, thankyouverymuch.  

Last night, we went to the Sugarland concert at Jiffy Lube Live – it was a freakin’ BLAST. We had so much fun! My college roomie, Michelle, and her boyfriend, Joe, went with us, and we had such a good time. The weather was great, and Sugarland put on an amazing show! They are my favorite band by far, and I was so excited to get to see them live. They did not disappoint! The cherry on top? I got to christen my brand-spankin’-new, authentic, purchased-in-Nashville cowboy boots at a country concert. Love. Check ‘em out!


I am exhausted today - this weekend was crammed full of activities, and it flew by. I need a weekend to recover from my weekend! (Don't we all?) It's going to be an early bedtime in our house tonight!

8 comments :

Caitlin said...

AH I do NOT like Body Step either. I was flapping around (no exaggeration haha) like a crazy kook when I tried taking it a few months back. Congrats on a new PDR!

Lindsay said...

Girl - It. Was. Wack. The people who take it are obsessed with it, too, and I was SURROUNDED by people who were super into it... making me look even more like a fool. Blerg. Avoid!

Caitlin said...

HAHA exactly what happened to me. The class was also at 6 AM. I just kept giving the girl next to me weird looks because she was bobbin and weavin' all over the place and I was questioning if she was human or not. :)

passionandlaughter said...

BodyStep is one of those classes that you honestly have to go to about three times in order to get the choreography down. Once you get into even some sort of a groove with it - you're good! Also, starting with only one riser is probably a better idea since it gives your body some time to adjust to the step motions.

One time I legit tripped and fell over my step. This was after taking it somewhat consistently for a few months. The music stopped, people stared, and I busted out laughing.

Give it another try! Launch days are also much more crowded than others because the gym is always promoting something in addition to the launch. You'll be great!

Whitney said...

Hey Lindsay! Thanks for joining Being Greek. I love your blog and look forward to getting to know you more!

Lindsay said...

Thanks! I'm thrilled to find a network of Greek girls who blog :) How fun!

Lindsay said...

Eesh - it wasn't even so much about the choreography, as it was that my feet were just like "WHAT is going on?!" ha! I was told by multiple people to give it another try, though, so maybe someday, once the shame has worn off, I will give it one more go. It was pretty busy because it was launch day - who knows! The other classes work pretty well for me though, so if there's ONE that just doesn't mesh, I don't mind. :)

Lindsay said...

I can't stop giggling about "bobbin and weavin'" HAHA that's exactly what it was!!