For several reasons I have missed working out with my FiA ladies for the last two weeks. It felt good to be back! I was hesitant to “post” (show up for the workout) today due to impending bad weather, but that did not stop FiA. Thursday at Alexander Graham Middle is two groups. One group specifically does boot camp, the other group is a running/track workout. At 5:15AM on the dot, we split groups. After yesterday’s workout, I’m not really sure why I picked the track workout, but I guess it was only natural for me think track based on my background.
Track group warmed up by doing one lap around the track followed by some dynamic stretches. If you are not familiar with dynamic stretching, it is essentially using movement to bring about a stretch. There were exactly 8 of us doing the track workout, so we split the group evenly down the middle. Here is the gist of what each group would do:
- 1st group begins running a lap
- 2nd group begins doing walking lunges in the same direction the 1st group began running. 2nd group does not stop until 1st group reaches them.
- The 1st group essentially runs a little over 400m due to the distance covered with the lunges.
- Switch groups.
- After 2nd group reaches the 1st group again the rotation is done.
- For each group’s second lap, do backward lunges while the other group is running
- For each group’s third lap, do plank taps while the other group is running.
This is where things got dicey. After our third lap, we started to notice lightning that had been further away, starting to get closer. Yikes. What to do? Using our best judgment we decided it was probably not safe to continue to work out on the track, so we ran down to where the boot camp group was working out. General consensus of the boot camp group was that we should keep going. Anyone that was uncomfortable could leave at any time. With that said, the Q for the track workout did a great job adjusting her entire planned workout to a hill that had some coverage (i.e. we were not running around a track with no coverage and metal equipment everywhere).
From here we completed hill repeats, followed by several exercises in between (lots of leg and glute work here). By the time that we had gotten back to where we parked, we had run close to three miles! Again, I can feel the effects of doing something different. Having someone to push me through workouts definitely requires more effort.
The best part about this workout was that a fellow FiA was onsite taking some great action photos (many of which I have included in this post). Can you believe she caught me in a picture trying to get info for the blog? (Yes, that’s me on the phone) Who would have guessed it was not even 6:00 AM in these pictures. Thank you so much Axl (Kate Huelsman) for giving up your workout to get these pictures. We couldn’t have timed this workout any better. As we circled up, the rain started to come down.
I want to end this post by informing people that FiA is continuing to expand to other areas. I choose to blog about the workouts that I do, however, there are options all over North AND South Carolina almost every day of the week. FiA recently launched a group in Columbia, SC and Lexington, NC. Check out the workout schedule online and be aware that if there is not a current group in your location, you can contact FiA leaders directly for information on how to organize a group closer to you.