Thursday, September 25, 2008

Eye of the Tiger

I've been going to the gym for a couple of months and am completely addicted. I love going. Love it.

For the past couple of weeks, on my running days, I have watched this trekking class happening just a few treadmills down from me. I've heard them talk about training for a half marathon, their long runs on the weekends, and I always think, "These ladies are serious runners. I want to be like them someday." The instructor that leads the class is hardcore and pushes her hardcore class to the limit. I've watched and watched for weeks.

Then today, I got up the nerve to join the class. Oh yeah, baby, you heard me. I walked up to the instructor, looked her in the eye and confidently said, "I'd like to join your class today."

"Well, we actually have a full class today. You have to sign up for the class ahead of time..."

Completely relieved I quickly said, "Oh, I totally understand! That's fine, maybe another.."

She interrupted me, "But we'll make room for you. It shouldn't be too difficult because today we are actually going to be doing run/bike intervals. It'll be a great work out! Hop on a treadmill and start warming up."

WHAT?!?! Seriously. I think that I must have paused too long because she said, "Don't worry, it sounds worse than it is."

I tried to make some more excuses, but she was having none of it so I got on the treadmill and thought, "Why do I get myself into these situations? Ugh. I'm going to get my butt kicked and fall off the treadmill. I hate the bike! These ladies do yoga, eat edamame and drink soy milk - they are real runners. I'm...an eater! Oh, Lord, please don't let me die!!" (I wonder where my kids get their flare for drama?)

So we start.

And I shocked myself.

I not only kept up, but smoked the lady next to me! Alternating between the bike and treadmill, we biked 3 miles and ran 3 miles...in less than 45 minutes! And I seriously felt so good that I really think I could have kept going!

It was awesome! And I am so proud of myself. Afterall, I am the chica who thought that running for 4 minutes straight was miraculous.

I first, give thanks to God and then to my ipod! Without you two, I would not be able to run! ( I kid you not, I have Eye of the Tiger on my ipod and don't think that I don't picture myself in Rocky - running up those steps in Philly!)

2 comments:

allboys4us said...

Totally awesome Sabrina...way to go!!! Bet that was a huge boost to your self-confidence/God-confidence! Keep up the great work! :)

Jessi said...

That class sounds awesome! Sounds like you're on your way to a triathlon instead. *wink* Great job!

"Eye of the Tiger" ROCKS! It was played each time our college football team stepped onto the field...nothing got the stands more energized!

And running the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art *is* pretty fun!