Lately things have been really up and down. It’s really hard to force myself to get to the gym and go train unless someone’s coming with me and it’s really hard to make myself do pull ups unless I’m in a group, so that’s something I need to overcome. Still, I seem to be past my running wall! Last Wednesday I ran my record 3.15 miles…without even realizing it! I just kept running. And then on Saturday when I was in Boston visiting C, I went for what I thought would be a medium run. Instead, I ended up running about 4.5 miles in about 55 minutes! Without stopping even once! I got home and mapped it all out and was astounded. I can’t run 4.5 miles! And yet…I did….
So today I went for a run just to prove that Saturday was a fluke. Bam: 4.4 miles. Took quite a bit longer, but also involved a LOT more hills, whereas running in Cambridge was incredibly flat. I can’t believe it! It still seems kind of crazy. My goal had been to be able to run 4.2 miles by Thanksgiving…and here I am a month and a half ahead of schedule! I’m seriously in awe of myself. There’s a lot of “couch to 5k” 6 week programs out there, but I managed to go from running 1.5 miles to running a 5k (3.1 miles) in just about 4 weeks! Whaaaaaaaaaaat!??
Of course, the downside to my miraculous ability to run is that my hips are getting reaaaaaaaally tight. It’s been tough to stretch ‘em out all the time and I can definitely feel them cramping up some times. So that’s counter productive to my goal of getting to have beautiful amazing splits and being bendy but at least I’ll be able to outrun a zombie apocalypse. Plus, it’ll get better, right?
I also just accomplished day 1 of the 300 ab/core challenge. (http://kayciesantics.blogspot.com/2012/03/300-ultimate-ab-and-core-challenge_22.html) It’s a 30 day thing and since today’s the first, what better day to start? And this was all AFTER my gym training for 3 hours. Well, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger, right?
In the meantime I’ve been tracking my food/drink intake, training hours, and sleep schedule as part of our required sustenance log. It hasn’t really illuminated anything I didn’t know already, but it’s a good way to remind myself to drink more water and ya know, EAT.
Our class schedule is settling down a bit: we start with a group warm up/stretch, then we have 2 classes. “Regular” classes are trapeze, partner acro, silks, and handbalancing, but then we also had “taster” classes last week: German wheel (!!!!! terrifying but amazing! I still don’t understand how it works, and yet I’ve done it), chinese pole (ughhh. Hard. Tiring.), stilting (easy! Thank you, powerizers!), and tight wire (the hardest part is just concentrating). We also have private lessons once a week. Mine have mostly been stretching and a little bit of trapeze, but I have a shared lesson tomorrow with T doing swinging trapeze! I’m so excited for that. We’ll see how it goes!
Oh, and on Fridays we also have physical theater and tumbling.
All in all, I still feel like I’m trying to settle in, but I’m also trying to be patient with myself. We’re not learning a ton of new material exactly, but I know that will come. Right now they’re trying to get us as strong and flexible as possible which will make learning new tricks that much easier. It’s just not quite as exciting as tricks. C’est la vie.
But seriously, did I mention 4.5 miles?
Also, I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is to have such a loving house. My housemates are the greatest. We make food and tea for each other and take care of one another and will often find ourselves staying up too late just enjoying each other’s company and laughing. It’s a beautiful supportive house and I adore all my housemates.