Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SkyZone SkyRobics Review

First of all - a great big internet hug to all of you for your kind words and comments on my Monday blog! I think it's awesome that God uses the things He is teaching me to encourage you, too! Thanks for sharing!!!

On a much, much lighter note - I promised a review of SkyZone's SkyRobics last week! The clan from Gruver Fitness took over 50 trampolines at SkyZone in Lancaster last week. It was hilarious to watch 50 adults immediately turn into kids the moment we bounced onto the trampolines!!!
 We got these super cool SkyZone socks to wear. They're basically like high quality hospital socks - the kind that have the plastic tread on the bottom. 

Then we headed to the trampolines! We started with several minutes of jumping, back flipping, front flipping, toe touching, and general shenanigans before our SkyRobics instructor started the class.

Overall, I enjoyed the class part. We did a lot of basic aerobics stuff: different jumps, side shuffles, squats, planks, push-ups, etc. 
(blurry image of us doing side-to-side jumps)

It was a really great workout! My legs definitely felt it the next day. The best parts, for me, were when we were just able to jump around and have fun. If I had little kids, we would be hitting this place in the winter for sure! They have dodge ball, a big foam pit, basketball, and tons of bouncing opportunities. It would be a great way to get the energy out of your kids when they're stuck inside this winter!

(our fearless leader, Jeremy, showing off his toe touch)

The whole crew! (Can you spot me? I'm in orange. What? That doesn't narrow it down?)

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Race I Didn't Run

I think I did 1 or 2 "Marathon Monday" updates before I got caught up with summer stuff and became an absent blogger! So here's a general marathon training update, and a blog about the race I was supposed to run Saturday that I backed out of 20 minutes before the start.

In general, marathon training is going well! This week my mid-week runs are 2 5-milers and an 8 miler. My long run will be (eek) 18 miles!

Overall, my legs are definitely tired but feel way better than I thought they would at this point. I was especially worried that being back to school would torture them, but I think it's actually better for them. I eat better, sleep better, and just take better care of myself in general when I'm working. The routine helps keep me focused.

The biggest challenge is the mid-week "semi long" run. 8 miles mid-week is tough to wrap my brain around. That used to be a LONG run. 

Saturday I had 17 miles on my training schedule. The longest I've done is 15 miles, so this would be a new distance PR for me. Our town was having a 10 mile race on the local Rail Trail, so I figured I would run 7 miles before the race and then run the other 10 with the race. 

The morning dawned and I woke up on time, had my long run breakfast, and started getting dressed. As I headed out for my pre-race miles (and at this point I knew I only had time to get in about 5 of them oops!), I was feeling terrible. My legs were tight and my hips were aching. My typical long run pace is about 10:30-10:55 minute miles. I hobbled my way through 4 miles all nearing a 12:00 mile. 

I was hurting.

I called it quits at mile 4 and came home to foam roll and stretch before the race. Then I pinned on my number and started to cry. Yup. I stood there in my living room and CRIED. (truth be told, I had cried during my 4 miles too)

I hurt. I didn't feel good. Mentally, I just didn't want to race.

But I told myself it would be fine once I got to the start and saw some of my favorite faces and friends. I got in my car and started off.

Then I looked down and saw my low pressure light was on in the car. I cried again. And turned the car around to go home. I sent a text to my friends to let them know I wasn't coming.

I was worried that I would end up in the middle of this race and be hurt. So I decided to regroup at home and head out on my own. 

I started with a 4 mile route that I could cut back by my house to refill water and stop if I needed to.

I put on some "Jesus music" (that's what my dad calls it) and started just talking to God while I was running. But somewhere around mile 7, I stopped talking and started listening. And this verse popped in my head "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion" (Phil. 1:6)

I didn't plan to run a marathon this year.  When I planned my races for the year, I was going to be doing the Baltimore HALF Marathon again and going for a sub 2:00 time. God planted this marathon dream in my heart.

And I realized, that I wasn't running His race. I was running mine. I found myself saying out loud (Yup - out loud. Don't worry, it was a back road with no houses!) "it's not my race, it's Your race" and with each step and each time I said that, my legs got looser. My pain decreased. My steps got easier.

I wasn't meant to run that 10-miler Saturday. I needed to run those 17 miles alone with God.  I needed to give the marathon back to Him who gave me the dream and the strength in the first place.

And as I finished those 17 miles, it was raining. Actually it was POURING. My iPod shuffled to the song "Grace Like Rain" and as I heard the words "Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me" -- I ran with a smile on my face. My legs were tired and my feet hurt, but my soul was full of joy.

It's not my race.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Can it really be...

1. Can it really be...3 weeks since I last blogged? Yes. I kept thinking of things I should blog about, but I just didn't feel like it. Sometimes, you need a break from things. Besides, I was a little busy this summer having tons of fun with friends! Hiking, running, kayaking, tubing, amusement parks, fire pits, dancing, picnics, parades, late nights, long runs, and lots of laughter! So many memories were made this summer!

2. Can it really be...the first day of teacher inservice? Yes to that too. As this blog publishes, I'm on my way into school to meet some friends for coffee before our big "welcome back" inservice meeting. (or at least I should be, but if you know me you know I am probably running late)

3. Can it really be...week 10 of marathon training? Another yes. I feel like I just started training and we're already over halfway through! Saturday I joined my friend Nina and her group from Team in Training. Nina is running the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall in memory of Isaac. They did their run 2 weekends ago dedicated to him, but I wasn't able to join them to run. This week, their run schedule matched with mine so my friend Steph and I joined them! It was great to run with some new faces! Support Nina's race by visiting her fundraising page!


Now that summer is over, I will likely be back to a little more regular blogging! Tonight I'm visiting Sky Zone in Lancaster with my fellow boot campers, so look for a review of trampoline based "Skyrobics" this week!