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Preparing For My Big Les Mills Weekend!


Tonight was my first time on stage teaching BodyPump!! My new gym (I love it there!) had a 6:30-7:30 BodyPump class tonight.  All of the instructors have told me I should try to teach my assigned tracks at a class before the training weekend.  I love knowing most of the instructors and everyone is so nice!

The instructor tonight had me shadow her tonight on stage and I taught my tricep and bicep tracks!  Everything went so well and the only weird thing was dealing with the microphone! I forgot that most of my tricep track has me laying down on the bench so I wasn’t used to dealing with the microphone.  I’m sure I will have lots and lots of practice this weekend!

I couldn’t believe how many calories I burned tonight!  This might have been my highest burn for just doing BodyPump.  Sometimes I burn more if I run before class, but I didn’t run tonight.  I think I was nervous and maybe my heart rate was a little higher than normal?


Can you believe I got up to 185?!?! It was during lunges, of course!  Those jump squats are killer and always get me into the 170’s, but tonight I put both risers under the bench and it was extra high.  At the gym, I’ve been putting one riser under the bench and at home my bench is different and not as high.  I figured I might as well put both risers under the bench tonight because I’m sure I will have to do it that way all weekend!


I ordered some new protein because I was almost finished my other Vega protein.  I’ve been trying to make a protein smoothie after tough BodyPump workouts.  I had the Vega Energizing Smoothie mix before in chocolate and I really liked that.  This time, I ordered their performance protein that is the third step in their nutrition program (recover).  I got this one because it had almost double the protein for the same amount of calories.  Since I don’t really eat meat (just seafood) I really need to watch my protein intake, especially with all this BodyPump training!  I tried this tonight after my big class and it was good!  I just had it with some Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk and PB2 powder.  Yum :)

I’ll try to post this weekend, but I might be too tired Saturday night! Hopefully I will do a big review on my Les Mills BodyPump training Monday or Tuesday after I’ve recovered!

Lots of Ice

Friday: 45 minute “PiYo” class

Saturday: 8 mile run (1:22)

I didn’t have school yesterday, so I decided to go to a new yoga/pilates class that my gym offers Friday morning.  Yesterday was the first time the class was offered, so I was excited to see what it was like.

I really liked the PiYo class, but it wasn’t what I expected at all! It was a mix of pilates and a little yoga like I expected, but mixed in cardio elements and toning (squats, lunges, etc).  I worked up a sweat but was worried that I pushed my recovering left calf too much.  I tried to modify the lunge/squat moves and took breaks.




I iced my calves with frozen vegetables again.  Since I was already sitting on the kitchen floor, I figured I would practice my trumpet.  What … you don’t practice your trumpet and ice your calves on the kitchen floor?  I’m playing for two church services Sunday and have some more trumpet things coming up this month.  I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this was my primary instrument on the blog? I play violin more now, but trumpet was my main instrument in college.


I ran 8 (PAIN FREE!!!!!) miles this morning on the rail trail with Amy.  We kept around a 10 minute pace and felt great.  I really needed the mental boost from this run to prep me for my 18 miler next weekend!  I came home and dumped a huge amount of ice in the tub.  I haven’t taken an ice bath since my marathon training last year and I was scared to get in.  I am really trying to take care of my legs until the race.  I will keep icing, stretching, yoga-ing, and foam rolling until the marathon to keep my legs happy!



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