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Then & Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Last night I spent an hour sprinting with the other boot camp ladies. Again I found myself thinking about the differences between my first boot camp and this one.

Then: I was shy, insecure, and afraid of making mistakes. I hid in the back row and didn't say much. I dreaded diagonal sprints because we had to go one at a time, and I was afraid of people judging me. I got passed by a lot of people, and I felt bad about going slow.

Now: Last night I purposely stood beside the youngest girl there. She's 19 and plays basketball for her school. She's a lot taller than me, and I knew she'd be faster. I stood next to her because I knew it would make me push that much harder. Every sprint I was behind her and focused on reducing the space between us.
We did diagonals, and I felt strong. My form felt really good, and another boot camper even commented on it. I didn't think about anyone else when it was my turn. I just gave it all I had. I passed a couple people, and I made sure to congratulate the women as I passed. Everyone worked really hard last night. Some of those women are amazing.

I feel like I rediscovered my ability to push hard last night. I had just finished my Zumba class, which is a good workout, and my legs were tired. I had already done a lot of exercise this week, and I was worried about being able to give it my all. I don't like to go half-effort when I work out. If I'm going to exercise (especially something like boot camp) then I am going to leave it all on the field (or in the gym).

I was worried, but I knew I couldn't think that way. I stopped thinking about the hour of hard exercise before me, and I took it sprint by sprint, moment by moment. Each sprint I would stare down the field, take a breath, and tell myself - it's just this quick sprint. 30 seconds and it's over. It totally worked. I kept up with my younger sprinting buddy (and also Keely). I felt my speed increasing, and my form was solid. I left the field knowing that I couldn't have given any more. I was exhausted, but in a pleasantly satisfied way.

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    We all have so much more ability than we lead ourselves to believe. So good that you opened the door and just went for it! That's how I should live me life, too. emoticon
    2046 days ago
    It is such an incredible feeling when you think to how much our bodies have changed and adapted to exercise. Congratulations!!
    2049 days ago
    way to push yourself.congrats!
    2049 days ago
    You're unbelievable! How do you manage to fuel yourself and do all this hard exercise all the time and stay healthy? How many calories do you eat? I can't seem to figure out the right balance for my exercise/nutritional needs right now and I don't exercise nearly as hard as you.

    Great job!!
    2050 days ago
    2050 days ago
    Way to go! You should be so proud of your accomplishments.
    2050 days ago
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