Boot camp is done!!!!
Yes, there has been a major victory in my war of remembering I'm no longer the girl I used to be. That girl quit boot camp after less than two weeks. This girl? Finished it, with minimal (oh, who am I kidding?) whining.
Four weeks of 5 a.m. wake-up calls, thousands of push-ups, more miles than I've ever run in my life, and too many bear crawls, crunches and squats to count have led me to today--a sense of pride I haven't felt in a long time.
Here's a little story I don't think I told you. When I was in high school and we had to take the required P.E. class, I became a rebel. Now, mind you, I'm not really the rebellious type. In fact, I'm kind of a rule follower. I use crosswalks. I never skipped school. I only snuck out of my house once as a teenager. I floss. I've never even had a speeding ticket.
But as a junior in high school, I started an anti-running rebellion. We had to run a mile, of course, and we had to do it in an allotted time to pass the class. I decided to make a big deal about the fact that not everyone is supposed to be a runner, and they shouldn't make us do it, and I was going to write to the principal, the school board and the U.S. Secretary of Education.
See, the truth is that I was afraid. Afraid to fail. Afraid to even try. Afraid to show my weakness. So I walked around that track (slowly). And I gave my poor teacher (Sorry, Coach Cagle) a heck of a time about it.
That fear is why I quit boot camp all those years ago, too. And I was determined not to let it hold me back again. Though I wrote an earlier blog about being disappointed by the scale, I soon realized this experience was about SO much more than that. This was something I had to prove to myself. I had to prove I could try. Even if I wasn't the best or the fastest, I succeeded and won just by making it through.
Oh, and did I mention I signed up for another month? Yeah. Old Erika who?
Today we did our post-test. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I improved just in four weeks. Here's the comparison:
June 5, 2012
Mile run: 12:54
Assisted push-ups (on my knees. I didn't even try for the regular ones): 33
Tricep dips: 15 regular (legs straight out) and 20 assisted (legs bent)
Bows and toes (holding a plank position): 47 seconds
June 29, 2012
Mile run: 11: 42
Regular push-ups: 10
Regular push-ups: 10
Assisted push-ups (on my knees): 38
Tricep dips: 25 regular (legs straight out) and 29 assisted (legs bent)
Bows and toes (holding a plank position): 1:52
And a couple of pictures from this morning:
|With Paul, my best friend's fiance and boot camp buddy.|
|With Ryan Byers, our awesome instructor from Step it up Fitness. Every Friday he tells us "Week one (or two, or three, etc.) is 'in the books.'" My entry title is a shout-out to him. Thanks for your encouragement, Ryan!|