Today I tried Pilates. It was... an experience. Given how sore I am, I assume it will be an experience I'll remember intimately for at least 3 to 4 days. After I regain full body comfort and function, I may repress the memory.
We started with what was apparently the "warm up." It consisted of the V-up move pictured followed by a series of full body crunches in varying degrees of impossibility. The instructor then informed us that we'd move on to the ab workout... Um, what? I thought that's what we were doing? WRONG!
She had us folding and flexing our bodies in ways I had never imagined were possible. The ab series was followed by measures of torture designed to terrorize targeted areas of the body. They worked.
I made a conscious effort to dislike the instructor. I really wanted to blame her for how much pain I was in, but she was so calm and encouraging. It's almost like I had to blame myself for being out of shape, or something. Weird.
The class lasted about 45 minutes. A minute longer and I may have needed assistance off the floor. Surprisingly, however, when I stood up to gather my things, I felt fantastic! I was taller, stronger and more relaxed. I'll definitely be coming back.
I'm taking the train to Portland tonight/tomorrow morning to spend some time with my mom and Grandparents. My running shoes are packed and I look forward to using the nearby high school track. No better way to celebrate a long 4-day weekend than by running in circles!
I'll be working with a dial-up modem this weekend, so we'll see how much blogging actually happens. If I can't update before then, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!