I’m lying face down on the mat. Sweat is running into my eyes and I feel as if I am gasping for breath. Everything hurts. A few muscles are spasming and I think my foot is cramping. Again.
And this is just the warmup.
It’s Day Three of the Kaia Fit Core Session. Designed to keep Kaia Girls in shape between Briks, this challenging and yet somehow exhilerating program was designed by Nikki Warren right here in Carson Valley, Nevada. Now a national program (see www.kaiafit.com for more details), the core program meets four days a week. Tuesdays are in the gym and the workout is never the same. The idea is to keep your muscles confused so they don’t get all complacent and stop developing. Wednesdays we do something on our own (I walked a 5k very, very slowly to try and loosen up from the previous workout). Thursdays we meet in a local park for some “play time”. Leapfrogging and other partner exercises; jogging and of course planks. Planks are a big favorite. The goal is to increase how long you can stay in a plank. I started at 30 seconds on Tuesday and today I held for one minute. Not bad. Not bad at all – for a 50 year old! Fridays we are back in the gym for Kaia Flow, a VERY high energy yoga based session. I pushed myself a little too hard and now I’ve got a funny pain in my back.
The problem is that I’m one of the oldest and most out of shape women on the team. Angela and Darnette – our coaches – keep telling me to “work my own hard”. Even though that means doing just what I can do and pushing at my own rate, I still can’t seem to NOT push myself to try and keep up with the rest of the class. The result is that I’m going to be sore, but I think I’m also going to make pretty fast progress.
Tomorrow is the last day of the first week. We’ll meet at a local area and run (or walk, in my case) for 1 hour. Sunday and Monday we are resting or doing stuff on our own again. I think I deserve a massage for making it through the week. Or maybe a session at the local hot springs.
Because I am working, and I’m working hard, to get back in shape and back on track. I can do it. I just have to keep trying as hard as I can.