Since finishing my half marathon in November, running has been a struggle.
And this is not OK with me.
It discourages me at times, but I also try to focus on the fact that I shouldn't force myself to run, because I don't want to lose my love for it.
So, when I stumbled upon a Groupon for a gym near me, I decided to go for it. The Groupon provided me 10 passes, so I decided to try some classes and see what I liked. Here is my take on the things I've tried:
I have done this class twice and am saving my last pass so I can go one more time. I have pretty much determined that I love this class so much because of the instructor, which makes me sad since I don't plan to stay with this gym (too far from home).
"Core and More"
This class was the first I tried. I had never really had the group fitness experience before, but I loved it! I'm not sure if I loved the new-ness of it, or the fact that I got a great workout from something other than running. I think it was both. Let me tell you, though, I was SORE afterward! Definitely taught me a lesson in stretching...
I had no strong feelings about this class either way. Perhaps it was just this particular session, but I didn't feel very challenged.
I was shocked at my feelings about this class...because I LOVED it. Growing up, I was never one to enjoy a bike ride for very long, but this class was fantastic. I definitely feel like it was the best workout I got from all the classes I tried, and I loved the instructor's music choices...even Christmas spin was awesome! This class pretty much sold me on the fact that I need to find a gym of my own so I can keep doing this class.
I was also surprised by my feelings about this class, but in the opposite direction. I was not a fan of this class. While it was super fun to dance around, I didn't feel challenged at all. I also definitely felt like a newbie, as pretty much everyone in the class knew the routines, so I always felt a step behind. The people were really nice and the atmosphere and music were fun, but I would prefer Spin any day.
I am getting back into running, slowly but surely. However, I don't want to rely on just running as a work out and end up burning myself out on it...especially when I've found something else I love. Now that I only have one pass left, I'm trying to decide where to go from here. Gym memberships are SO expensive.
Anyone have some input for me? Any other classes I should try as well?
P.S. Check me out on Daily Mile! It is definitely helping bring back my motivation to run.