For the last 8 weeks (I had the privilege to attend ~6 times), Dara Marks Marino has been leading the members of Team Run Flagstaff (TRF) through strength training workouts on Thursday nights.
***Remember when I thought it would be a good idea to run home from the last strength workout I attended?***
This Thursday was our last workout, and Dara came prepared with a game.
A QUOTE game ENDQUOTE
Honestly, however, when you are suffering for the greater good of your body and your running you can laugh among friends who are doing the same. We warmed up, and then for 35 minutes we worked out at the mercy of the draw. Our first draw was a Joker which meant 1 minute of rest. That card went back in the deck and we charged forward (a Joker was never to be seen again! Grr!).
The workout concentrated heavily on pendulum lunges, single leg lunges, burpees, and walking planks due to the cards that were drawn. We did many of the exercises more than once (I enjoy hip dips but did modified diagonal squat thrusts when they came up because I’m not sure of/insecure of my stamina for plyometrics)…
My legs feel like jello. That is not the norm for me. Usually I am fatigued after a tough workout, but I don’t feel acute symptoms until the next day. Not tonight!
Dara was recently published and you can read her article about bike interval workouts at USA Triathlete.com here. I also want to link you up with Dara’s Facebook Page for The Mindful Athlete. She is an amazing athlete, mother, approachable teacher, and a down-to-earth person I’m happy I had the opportunity to work with during this process. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue my workouts with her in the future. I FB messaged her about using the pic of her workout on my blog. I asked for permission. I’m now officially publishing it without said permission. I’ll pull everything down if she says it is not OK I promise!
Two QUICK pics!
Hazel is so much easier to get along with than Julio.
For all of us…
I didn’t tell you that Andrew heard about his role in the play Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.!!
Andrew will share the lead role of Tevye (each actor will play the role for three of the six performances and have other acting responsibilities the other three nights)…
Do you do any strength training or cross-training?
Which exercise above would you welcome in Dara’s game?
Which exercise above would you dread? What happens when you get an ACE on your dreaded exercise? You power through it and that’s when you know you’re a WINNER!