Monday, October 01, 2012

Boot Camp

I am not a morning person. I enjoy my quiet evenings, staying up past midnight designing, watching shows, playing Lego Starwars or Mario with Jeff or going out on the town and then sleeping in until 8 the next morning. That's why when Emily told me she signed up for daily boot camp which started at 5:45 in the morning I thought, "That's so awesome!...for her!" because there was no way I could ever possibly wake up at that time of day. We have trained our Penny very well to accommodate our late nights, often waking up between 7:30 and 8, so that early in the morning would never do for me.

But then I realized on our upcoming adventure, I was in no physical state to prance all around Europe for 12 hours straight, 10 days in a row.  My stamina was no where near what it needed to be to endure all the walking and hiking. I got winded simply walking up the stairs.  So when Emily mentioned that a living social deal came up for a one month trial for $35 I thought for the sake of enjoying my trip to the fullest, I could survive waking up early for a short time. Plus Emily couldn't stop talking about how much she loved it!  In fact, recently she was hired as the co-instructor and sub for our location in Greenbelt! Cool!
 The first week of September, the work outs began!  The head of the Sergent's Program, Chuck, was the guest instructor for the week and I caught him on his last day.  Not wanting to appear that I couldn't keep up, I may have pushed myself a little harder than I should have, and ended up tossing a bit of my cookies in the nearby bushes.  As if I needed more proof of how out of shape I was.  I think that was one of the hardest workouts I have ever done in my life.  I was sore for over a week! As sort of a initiation into boot camp, I was required to sing a song in front of everyone.  Little did they know that I would rather sing songs than work out anyday!  I happily serenaded everyone with my classic "I Dreamed a Dream."

As the days went on, I was able to keep up a little better and I found myself being able to push myself harder and harder!  And I also started to see muscles forming that I had never seen before! And in just a matter of a week or two!  Although it is hard to wake up at 5:15 every morning just to get hot and sweaty in the cold autumn air, I feel so much better about my health and fitness.

For example, on Wednesdays we have run days.  The first week, I was struggling keeping up with  Emily on our 3 miler.  The next week, we discovered that we had run 4 miles, and I felt pretty good about that.  But it wasn't until last week's run day that I got really excited to discover that I confidentially ran 5 miles!!  Perhaps that seems trivial to you, but that is the longest distance I have ever run in my life!  Results, my friends!

While it has been hard to wake up so early and do a solid hour of hard work outs, I feel like it has been totally worth all the exhaustion I have endured.  I face an internal struggle every day between getting work done during Pen's nap, or sleeping through that glorious 3 hours. Sometimes I make a compromise and do both. But in any case, I feel healthier, my legs are turning into pure muscle and I feel adequately prepared to go gallivanting around Italy for many hours! Thanks for convincing me to do it Em, I have loved it so much!

It has also been fun to have mom (and Dad for a few days) join us for our morning work out!  We'll miss you mom!