Happy Monday, friends!
Did you have a good weekend? I did, and I can’t wait to share the highlights (and lowlights) with you. I am again linking up with Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading for her Weekend Update. Please check out her blog and see what she’s been up to!
The weekend kicked off with the decision to watch NBC’s “Peter Pan Live.” Friday night is usually a big night in our household because we watch a movie together. Quality family time, guys! No partying for this gal. Anyway, we decided to see what all the hype was about and so we pulled it up on On Demand. The kids were bored only 10-or-so minutes into it, and then this happened:
Yiiiikes! I love a good musical, but this was awkward. We ended up watching “Gravity” instead. Totally different vibe, and so good.
Saturday morning I went for a short easy run with Aimee. It was early and dark because she had a kids’ sporting event to attend and I had my first Pilates class (!) to attend at 8 o’clock. So exciting! Earlier this year, I purchased/won a package of private Pilates sessions and group yoga classes at Navi Pilates at an auction. It was a great deal that I couldn’t pass up.
My first session took about an hour and 10 minutes, but apparently subsequent sessions last 55 minutes, each. The first 5 minutes were spent filling out paperwork about any physical issues I might have (my hips and left leg) as well as the kind of exercises I do (um, running). The next 10 to 15 minutes were spent on that table in the above picture, working on different common positions for Pilates, such as “neutral pelvis” and “tabletop.” If you’ve never done Pilates, you probably don’t know what those mean, as I didn’t until my instructor showed me. There was a lot to think about during this phase. Every move and position in Pilates is so deliberate and intentional; there was a lot to take in.
We then moved on to the next room, where I laid on a table with moving parts (I think it’s called a Reformer, but I’m not sure), where I spent about 45 minutes doing lower body, upper body, and core work. It didn’t seem all that physically tough when I was doing it (ha! More on that later), although my brain was working overtime trying to keep my body in the correct positions. After that, I moved to the floor and did some really focused clamshells to work my glute medius. I ended up experiencing some pretty sharp pain in my left hip during the last 2 reps, probably because my hips aren’t used to being forced into a stacked position when I do clamshells at home as part of my Myrtl routine.
I felt great the rest of the day, taking it easy and reading my current book, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, for hours. Later that night, though, I started experiencing significant soreness on the side of my left hip, where I had experienced the sharp pain during my Pilates session. Uh-oh. I almost canceled my planned Sunday run with my coach, Kris, who didn’t want me to push it. We decided I would sleep on it and see how it felt the following morning.
Fortunately, I woke up Sunday morning without that same pain. Kris, who’s a Pilates instructor herself, told me I shouldn’t feel any sharp pain like that during a session, and–should it happen again–to stop and tell my instructor. I should have done that on Saturday but I was so intent on being tough that I didn’t want to look like I was having a problem. Lesson learned. Hubris gets me nowhere!
Kris and I went for our run, a planned 7-miler per my schedule, on Five Mile Drive at Pt. Defiance Park. Writing my 5 Favorite Places in Tacoma last week inspired me to run there on Sunday.
It was beautiful–no rain, and the sun was out for the majority of the run! We ran 5 in the park and then finished up by running down to the waterfront and back, and were able to enjoy seeing some seals frolicking off-shore. I felt really good during the run despite my hip problem the night before, and I think we ran about an average 9:00/mile pace. (I forgot my Garmin, of course. I’m so not in the training mindset yet.)
The rest of Sunday was a flurry of activity, with shopping to be done for my dad’s birthday dinner that night, and Nutcracker rehearsal to attend. We ended the weekend with my dad’s dinner, which we celebrated with a chocolate pudding cake made by my aspiring baker of a daughter. A good weekend, all-in-all.
How was your weekend? What was the highlight?