Friday, October 26, 2012

My First "Real" Spin Class

Technically I have been to 2 spin classes but my first was in 2006 and I didn't really know what I was doing so I didn't spin right and therefore I didn't make spinning a regular exercise routine.

My interest for spinning was sparked while reading Mommy, Run Fast posts about spinning and her journey in becoming a certified spin instructor.

So Thank You Laura for inspiring me to spin :)

The Story:
Yesterday I looked up the local spin classes at OZ fitness and determined I would be able to get a sitter from Miss Bean today and go try spinning.

I was a little nervous going into the class since most of the bikes in the back had been taken so I would have to be upfront :( But it ended up being to my benefit since the instructor was right in front of me. :) The instructor was awesome and she came right up to me and introduced herself and asked if I had ever taken a spin class before and needed help setting the bike up. Relieved I told her I had tried a class in 06 but didn't remember anything and would need help setting up my bike. She was really great helping me set up the bike and before I knew it, I was spinning!

My first impression:
Enjoyed the music and the atmosphere with low light.
"Holy crap I think I'm going too fast" but then once I tightened the resistance I was ok.
I felt awkward and like I was maybe concentrating too much.
I wished I had a friend to be with since I felt like a lone ranger.

We started out with sprints for 30 seconds  up to 3 minutes and back down, during these times I thought that my legs might fall off.
note: I liked it when we were able to stand up and ride aka "jump" (not sure if that is a technical term or not but that is what she called it) because I felt like I was more comfortable and it was more like running.

Once we finished the sprinting portion we had a slight cool down with some jumping intervals and that was fun.

Then we did a 9 minute gradual hill with a 6 minute hill interval following.

This might sound weird but I liked the hill more than the sprints which usually is opposite with running. My legs got to really push and burn going up the hill but maybe I was doing the sprinting thing wrong. Not sure but going to another session will help me understand it more since it's all brand new to me.

My overall impression of spinning:
Great butt kicking workout!! My legs are jelly and even my arms are sore!
I enjoyed the music and company of working out with others however, I still longed for a run after just so I could clear my head...maybe I should do a little "brick" workout??

Will I go back?
YES!! Hoping to do another spin session next week :)

As for running I am in a slow gradual build up to start training for a Marathon in Spring of 2013. I'm only at 7 miles for the week this week so I'm taking it nice-n-slow since most of my runs are with the stroller and I don't want to injure myself.
I'm planning on using the FIRST Marathon training program and that is why I'm making myself get used to doing "other" cardiovascular workouts since my strength routines aren't what they recommend for the 3plus2 workouts (3 runs, 2 aerobic cross trains). They do still want you to strength train so I'm just going to attach some strength routines onto my runs or cross training days.

Questions for you:
Have you ever tried spinning? If not would you?
Did you enjoy spinning?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Finding Hope In Perilous Times

This week we had a good family friend pass away and on top of that there is many close family and friends that have been fighting through excruciating times.

I typically like to stay very positive when addressing such heart wrenching issues but lately it seems almost too much to bear.
I keep asking myself, "WHY?" I cry my heart out to God since I know He cares. I guess it's hard for me to just say I'm praying for them. I know with God ALL things are possible. My heart just breaks with the pain I see loved ones go through and all I want to do is take the pain away. I don't like seeing them unhappy and not full of joy. Then I'm reminding that God doesn't either:

John 3:16-17
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
I believe sometimes we must come to the end of saving ourselves and admit we need a saviour. In my case I need to admit that I'm not the saviour of them and I need to give the situation to God for Jesus is the Only Hope, He is our Hope.
Matthew 11: 28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
When dark perilous times seem to overwhelm and consume you remember Jesus is the Way, the Light and the Life you need.  He does not judge you or condemn you but saves you out of the agony you are in. God loves you and does not judge you any longer because the judgment was judged upon His Son on the cross. If we just come to Him and lay our cares and trouble at His feet, He who is our hope will help carry us through the deep dark valley of the shadow of death.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
Father God, I lay my troubles and cares at your feet so you can help perfect the things that concern me to help those in need. In Jesus Name, Amen

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.


This post really is a journal for me, not sure if I will publicize it our not but if I do, I hope it will help you too.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Craving Running

Fall is here and the weather is both crisp and clear.
I'm craving to wisk my arms through the air.
To hit the pavement and run as fast as I dare.
Looking for inspiration to leave all this care.
Running is my outlet to keep my head clear. - Me

A little note that I'm here and desiring to run but my hubby was sick and then my daughter and then me so I've been out for a couple of weeks :(

I'm going to start back up again soon though :)