I’ve been trying new things lately, realizing more and more than if I want to feel stronger running then I have to pay attention to all the details that aren’t running. Running is what I will call the *easy* part.

In the past 6 months I’ve tried Spin, Pilates, Zumba, Body Works {with abs} and now Boot Camp.

The more new things I try, the easier and less nerve wracking it is to be the new girl in class.

Yesterday I arrived to the Boot Camp class not knowing what to expect other than I was going to get my butt kicked because the teacher was Patricia {more on her in a moment}.

The warm up seemed easy enough – one leg squat kicks on both legs starting with one on each leg, then running across the room and back and then two one leg squat kicks alternating legs on each set, working your way up to 15 one leg squat kicks by the end. By the 10th set my thighs were on fire.

The entire class took me out of my comfort zone. Rather than trying to keep up with any of the women in the room, I went at my own pace and didn’t use hand weights for most of the moves. I wanted to focus on form rather than carrying around a 2.5 lb weight that I knew was going to sacrifice my form.

We did planks, variations on planks, pushups, abs, kickboxing type moves, squats, and more.

In any class – you get out of it what you put in to it. It’s not like running where if I am running a 7:40 pace for 6 miles and you are running a 6:40 pace or an 8:40 pace for 6 miles, we both do the same 6 miles. In class I could be working much harder than you are or visa versa. You GET out of it, physically and mentally, what you PUT into it. I’m all about maximizing my time and getting the best workout in during the time I have so I don’t half a$$ workouts. I’m there to work. {As my dear friend Katie {www.msfitrunner.com} says – it’s called a WORKout for a reason – it’s WORK}

Back to Patricia – I have tried her Pilates class, Body Works with abs, and now Bootcamp – the woman can teach! I really loved that during some of the kickboxing moves it almost felt as if she was specifically speaking to me – saying remember to keep your shoulders relaxed or your jabs quick. I’m sure she was really speaking to the whole room, but every time I was working on a move and was questioning whether I was doing it right she was talking us through it and keeping us motivated. On the planks when I felt like my arms were going to snap in two she would remind us to focus on our breath, counting down the seconds and again keeping us motivated. She really is an excellent teacher in my opinion.


I still have a hard time just doing a class for my workout of the day. It’s marathon training season and though I want to be doing other things to help me be a stronger runner, running is still my primary focus. Yesterday’s run was 9 miles in the easy pace zone.

  • Mile 1: 8:22
  • Mile 2: 8:03
  • Mile 3: 8:04
  • Mile 4: 8:27
  • Mile 5: 8:00
  • Mile 6: 7:58
  • Mile 7: 7:48
  • Mile 8: 7:35
  • Mile 9: 7:05

1:11.26 – 7:55 avg

This morning’s run was 8 easy miles gearing up for tomorrow’s long run.

July 26

  • Mile 1: 8:33
  • Mile 2: 8:04
  • Mile 3: 7:56
  • Mile 4: 7:50
  • Mile 5: 7:26
  • Mile 6: 7:30
  • Mile 7: 7:18
  • Mile 8: 7:06

8 miles – 7:42 avg – 1:01.48

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The littles and I are enjoying the amazing weather right now in Northern Virginia!! We had lunch yesterday on the porch and hung out in the sun as much as possible. I can’t explain the DC area humidity to you – if you live here or have run here you know how awful it is. I would venture to say that humidity is one of the things I like LEAST about this area, so when we get a break from it, in the middle of the summer, I am VERY grateful.

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  1. Girl, I grew up in CT with CRAZY humidity, and NYC is no different! However, I went from being at the beach Wednesday at a comfortable 85 degrees to not even 70 degrees yesterday, and same for today! Crazy how weather works. I’m secretly thinking of a long run since it’s cold…we’ll see. I’m not training for anything so I’m running for fun, and I miss the fun of running long! I’m so glad you’re enjoying trying new things; it’s amazing how you want to die within a few minutes of leg workouts, but you could run circles with those legs around most people! What are you training for?

  2. I love this! I have tried classes but I typically am so out of shape that it gets me SO sore and then makes my running harder – do you ever have this problem?? I am so amazed by how early you get up every day! I really want to make it a point to try to do that more often but I am just so bad it typically – it’s on my list of “Things I Need to Learn to Do.”

  3. Way to go trying new fitness activities! I am a certified running coach myself and this may sound like sacrilege to the pure runners out there, but I firmly believe that you need to do more than just run to be a strong runner and an overall healthy person.
    I live in the DC area as well and am so grateful for this break in the heat and humidity…I can’t wait for fall!

  4. I came here to ask what Sara asked–how do you handle classes + running? I’m under the impression that most classes exist to be people’s sole workout, or a large majority of it, whereas for a distance runner it would exist as very much a peripheral.

  5. MD weather has been amazing too!! Nice to have a break from the humidity!!! I enjoy spin and bootcamp in between my running. I love to mix it up. There are still so many classes at my gym that I would love to try out but there never seems to be enough time in the day!!

  6. Good for you for trying so many different types of classes, and finding one you really seem to love!

    I’m in NOVA too, so I can rally appreciate your comments on the humidity. I KNOW it’s the thing I like least about the area!

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