There are mornings when it is SO tempting to switch off the 4.30am alarm and go back to sleep – like this morning, after yet another wretched power cut made for a poor night’s sleep.
But I somehow dragged myself out of bed and headed off to meet my ASICS Running Club.
And then the magic started.
Despite the searing humidity – jeez, we only had a couple of hours rain, Delhi, so what’s with the bonkers humidity? – so yes, where was I? Despite the searing humidity, we had a fabulous session.
Humiliating (when you’re the only one unable to do a particular drill 😛 )
And yes, I learned something new.
Something as simple as how to jump properly.
Pause for everyone to roll their eyes and mutter, “Crikey, what a slow learner SHE must be, if she’s only just found out how to jump!”
Coach made us do a lot of training and agility drills this morning, and one of them involved jumping over a small object (for me, it was my cap) – side to side, forward and backwards.
Sounds simple, right?
Well, yes, I guess it is, except that I haven’t jumped like that for years – seriously, how many adults jump?
I was making a bit of a dog’s breakfast of it, and have a few footprints on my cap to prove how I landed on it rather than to the side if it – and then, voila!
Coach made one of the fitter and more agile young women in the group demonstrate how to jump, which she did at lightning speed.
And then Coach said the magic words, “Notice how she’s landing on her toes, not the whole of her foot.”
Next repetition, I did my 30, without a break, did ’em fast, and boy, did I feel pretty damn pleased with myself.
Pause for everyone to roll their eyes Mark II and mutter “Boy, she’s easily pleased.”
Joking aside, it’s moments like this that make running and training such enormous fun.
Accomplishing yet another tiny skill set.
We did a lot of our drills up a slope this morning, adding to the difficulty level.
Like this drill (below) where we had to balance on one leg as we made our way up the hill:
Not half as easy as it looks, my friends, let me tell you.
We also did our version of a spiderman crawl up the hill:
Much of the focus today was on balance:
We did planks, and drills with a partner, and exhausting though it was, there was such a great sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that it was a really super session.
Moral of the story?
- Always, always, always get up & head out to exercise. There is NO better way to start a day.
- There are ALWAYS things to learn, every day. Like how to jump 🙂
- Team work really does make the dream work. Without Coach & my mates this morning, none of this would’ve happened.
All of the photo/video credits got to one of our team, Sunil Punshi, who is a seriously good photographer.
If you love looking at beautiful images, do yourself a favour & follow Sunil on Instagram.
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Please, thank you very much 🙂