With four months until my next race, it’s going to be a long summer (Or extended winter if this weather keeps up. What gives, May?!). I don’t plan to stand idly by, though – I’m filling the time with other active things to look forward to besides my long training runs outside, shorter treadmill runs, and Bodyworks/Yoga on Sundays.
When I got the e-vite from Road Runner Sports a few weeks ago to participate in their Memorial Day Boot Camp – featuring giveaways, discounts, and post-workout refreshments – I am pretty sure I must have been the first to sign up. Road Runner events have always been a hit with me:
Girls Night Out: wp.me/p1N36Q-2b
Adventure Run: wp.me/p1N36Q-7v
I tried to recruit my husband to go, but the look on his face when I said the words “Boot Camp” suggested he’d rather have his eyebrows waxed off.
Undeterred, I showed up at Road Runner Sports at 8:55 am yesterday, decked out in my best “red” (sorry, no white and blue) for Memorial Day. For whatever reason, my social anxiety doesn’t seem to bother me so much when it comes to group fitness. Who cares if I fall off the step? So what if I can be 105% uncoordinated at times? It certainly helped that boot camp was to be held before the store officially opened at 10am, as I might have felt a twinge self-conscious doing push-ups in front of normal store patrons.
Speaking of self-consciousness, it did feel a little odd having a professional photographer shooting the event.
Road Runner had 18 people RSVP for the event – but only five showed up. I think the unseasonably cold, rainy weather that kicked-off this “unofficial first weekend of summer” kept people at home. Bad news for them, great news for me – it meant more personal attention from the trainers on site! The only downside was that the store decided not to hold their shoe raffle with such a small group – I can understand why, but would have at least hoped they’d replace it with a tech shirt or something.
After a quick warm-up, we were paired up and shown a circuit of ten cross-functional activities to perform over the course of 30 minutes.
I would say this was less Boot Camp, more circuit training – but totally fun! Each activity on the circuit targeted a different set of muscle groups (or had a quick cardio component). We were working out for about 45 minutes and certainly worked up a great sweat, but I felt like the time really flew.
After a quick stretch and a post-workout banana, I did a quick perimeter check of the store to take a look at some compression leggings they had for sale. Compression leggings are one of the items I have in my “reward jar” – wp.me/p1N36Q-71
- and as I eek closer and closer to my first 14 day binge free goal, I figured I’d scope out what they have just in case that happens to be the reward I pull. They have some really cute pink tie dye ones I just might have to bring home.