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2015 Les Mills Philly Super Quarterly

PhiladelphiaSuperQHeaderv2_thumb-HOn Saturday I went to my first Les Mills Quarterly! It was about an 1 1/2 hrs away and I got to go with my friend Steph!  I’ve been looking forward to this for months! 
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My schedule for the day:

BODYPUMP®
Justin Sanchez, Heather Bedell, Ben Feliciano

BODYSTEP®

Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis, Kurt Gesteland

BODYJAM®
Mysti Oglesby

CXWORX®
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney, Justin Sanchez

LES MILLS EDUCATION
Angel Santiago

BODYATTACK®
Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis

BODYFLOW®
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney

*Susan Laney was my BODYFLOW trainer for my initial training in January!! She presented on the BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW 65 DVD!!

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We also signed up to take BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM, but after six classes – it was the end of the day for me.  When you sign up for an event like this, you pre-register for the classes you want to take.  Classes with equipment (BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, RPM) can fill up quickly.  Sometimes two classes were offered at the same time.  RPM and GRIT were held in a different room.  Steph and I signed up for classes that were all in the large main room.  Instructors and Les Mills fans can attend an event like this!

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(Sweaty already from the first two classes!)  We were given bracelets for the classes we signed up.  This gave us access to the room.

BODYPUMP 94: Great tracks and I was dying using the SMARTBAR for the chest track!  Unique choreography for the warm up too!  Legs were dying on lunges.

BODYSTEP 100: I’m really enjoying step and it was fun to get to do release 100!

BODYJAM 73: Biggest surprise of the day for me! I LOVED THIS WORKOUT! SO MUCH FUN!! My first time taking jam!!

CXWORX 19: Great plate work in tracks 3/4.  Was dying using brand new tubes!

BODYATTACK 89: Very enjoyable for me, except my muscles were dead.  Clap push ups!!!  I took a little time off and stood off to the side to take pictures/videos!

BODYFLOW 69: Already obsessed with the music.  Long twist track.  Gorgeous track 9 song (hamstrings/forward folds).  Some challenging balance poses.  Or my legs were just dead??

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Steph and I before BODYPUMP started!
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My view of BODYPUMP!
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Susan Laney!  I was beyond thrilled she actually remembered me from my training in January.  She is so kind and such an inspiration!  Just love her!!
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CXWORX!  We used brand new orange tubes. YOWZA! Tough!! You can buy most of the equipment from the event!
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Steph getting excited for BODYATTACK!!  We were so excited that everything we did Saturday was from the new releases we get to download this Tuesday!
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Getting focused for BODYFLOW!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  THE perfect class to end with!
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Look what made it into my car!! I bought my very own SMARTBAR!!
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I was absolutely starving at the end of BODYFLOW.  I left the event just before 5:00PM (we started at 7:45AM!) and found a Chick-fil-a about 2 miles away.  Had my first chocolate milkshake from Chick-fil-a and a cobb salad.  I brought some food with me for the day (PB&J, protein bars, coconut water,etc.) but it wasn’t enough.  I didn’t bring a cooler and ate most of it early in the day.  I definitely needed more fuel for the day!
What a great day! Steph and I had a blast!  Les Mills has all kinds of events, and the BIG BIG BIG event for the US is in Chicago at the end of August!  My gym buddies Jamie, Mary and I will be there!!!!! Then we can really go crazy and meet all the other Les Mills “celebrities”! :)

How to Avoid Running “Burnout”

January-April 2014 – Trained for Nike Women’s Half Marathon

April 2104 – PR-ed at Nike Women’s Half Marathon

June 2014 – CXWORX training

June-October 2014 – Trained for Steamtown Marathon

October 2014 – Steamtown Marathon

October-November 2014 – Maintained training for 13.1

November 2014- Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Rest of November-December 1, 2014 – Tried to maintain mileage and train for BODYFLOW

December 2, 2014-March 7, 2015 – Got sick in December, trained for BODYFLOW, went to BODYFLOW training in January , stopped obsessing and forgot about running in the cold!!

 

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My new running buddy – Garmin Forerunner 15

 

After running and training, I wanted a break! I wanted to focus on my Les Mills classes and my BODYFLOW certification. I was sick of the long runs that consumed my weekend. You know, the day BEFORE the long run. You think about the long run. Where will it be? How many loops do I have to do in the neighborhood? What do I eat for dinner the night before? What do I wear? Do I wear my nutrition belt? THEN – the morning of the long run. For some of you this might not be a big deal. Sometimes I would get myself so worked up over it. Worried about my pace, worried about the weather, worried about my legs. I just needed a break!

 

When I got the stomach flu in December, I took a few weeks off. Then I felt guilty. I was still teaching my Les Mills classes and practicing BODYFLOW, but not running. Then a few more weeks went by without running. Who wants to run on the treadmill? Or on the snowy roads? I wasn’t signed up for a race, so it shouldn’t matter. The guilt went away, and I started loving the break. I needed the break from running. It started to feel awesome. I was able to take different Les Mills classes at the gym. The guilt started to go away and I realized I would run outside when I really wanted to – even if that meant with warmer weather!

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BODYFLOW training in January

 

So my three month break from running cured my “running burnout”.   I felt the urge to run outside this past Sunday with Amy. She is training for 2 (!) marathons this spring. She had a 17 miler scheduled for Sunday morning and I tagged along for 6. The weather was wonderful. Sunny skies and 40+ degrees. The roads were almost completely clear from our last snow storm.

 

Now I’m feeling that urge to run outside more often. The warmer weather really motivates me to get out there! I’m looking at a local (cheap) ½ marathon in June I might sign up for soon. I have heard it’s hilly, but I’m not worried about time. I would like to have a little motivation to start up the “long” runs again. Anything under 12 for a long run isn’t so bad! I have to remind myself to not get so worked up over pace and to just enjoy it!

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I get to teach BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW tonight!  I made the image above for our gym’s Facebook page.  We got snowed out last week so I’m excited for double classes tonight!!

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