Friday, May 11, 2007

My Four Week Boot Camp Experience

For about two years now I've wanted to take this four week adventure boot camp course for women that is given in my area. I gave myself several reasons why I couldn't go over the past several months. Money being a huge reason, the second was I have a bad knee that tends to act up after a few miles of running and the other good reason is that I'm not a morning person and this camp starts at 5:30 in the morning and goes for one hour. That's early. Especially for someone who tends to go to bed around 11 PM at night.

A friend of mine at work is really the one who got me to sign-up for it. I mentioned it once and the next thing I know she has paid and registered and she had the nerve to keep asking me if I had registered yet.

At that point money was a huge factor for not taking this class. It's $300 for four weeks and I didn't know how I was going to do it. But I managed to scrimp and save and come up with the money a few days before class started. Again, if it wasn't for my friend pushing me to do this with her, I probably would have never taken this class.

TIP: Stay away from the negative friends and find ones that motivate you to be a better, healthier person.


I was a wreck. I was so nervous the night before my first class. I didn't know what to expect. Thoughts like, "WHY am I doing this?" ran through my head. Wouldn't you know it the first morning of class my alarm never went off. At 5:15 my friend called and wondered why I hadn't picked her up yet. Amazing enough I made it to class on time.


The first four days I was so sore I could barely move. Sore and tired. The third day I was emotional and in a really bad mood. I didn't think the pain my body was feeling would ever go away and that most likely I would feel this way for the whole four weeks.

By the fourth and fifth day I was a new woman. Weird as it was the pain was pretty much gone from my body. There was hope for me yet!

One the last day of the week we did some timed tests. At the end of the four week course we'll time these again and hopefully see an improvement. My 1 mile time was 8 minutes 40 seconds. Not bad!


The one thing that came from the second week was emotions. I felt so emotional this week. It's odd what comes forward when you start working out.

Still pretty tired. Wish I could get more sleep. I go to work and I just want to curl up some where and sleep for awhile. I try to catch a quick nap when I got home from work. All I need is 5 min. and I feel so much better.


I feel myself getting so much stronger. It's amazing. We did a time test run on Wed. and I ran a 8 min. 6 second mile. I see myself running faster and faster. I'm a sprinter, hate long distance. I keep wondering what I can do with this? I've had such issues with my knee hurting and locking up on me after a few miles. I've noticed my knee getting stronger though and not bothering me. I didn't think that would be the case at all. I find this very odd.

I'm still very tired though. I think I need to get more sleep. Go to bed earlier. I know if I wasn't so tired, I'd feel really really good.

I do love how I'm feeling and how much stronger I'm feeling. I don't want to loose this. I can't afford to keep going to this camp. My friend and I are thinking of doing this on our own three days a week instead of the five days we've been doing and meet at 6 AM instead of 5:30 AM. I know this won't be easy. It's so hard for me to get up in the morning.


To come!


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