“Now go pull your partner’s leg”
So said Coach at our ASICS Running Club training session yesterday.
He wasn’t joking, and he wasn’t making a joke either.
It was a drill involving one person bending and extending a leg, and the partner pulling said leg, to enforce the stretch.
By this time I was too tired (& borderline nauseous in the heat and humidity) to do the drill, so I half heartedly pulled Sonali’s leg. As one does.
I’m writing this post on Sunday, a full 24 hours after our strength training session and I am still aching. Feels like every muscle in my body is tired and suffering – which all goes to show how pathetically out of shape I am.
Coach drilled us hard yesterday, oblivious to our muttering about the humidity, which was brutal.
But through the exhaustion and the realisation of how unfit I am, it was all good fun.
There’s something supremely satisfying about working yourself to exhaustion.
Or am I crazy?
The session was all about strength and flexibility, both of which I need, so the suffering was not in vain 😛
We Spiderman-crawled our way up a grassy slope:
We did exhausting drills using the walls & railings around the park, as support.
We ended the training by doing leg raises.
Over plants and trees.
With strict instructions from Coach not to damage any of them.
I thought I’d be smart and use my water bottle, but got caught in the act, and was despatched to exercise over a sharp, spiky palm…that’ll learn me!
Actually, it was more effective doing leg lefts over a plant, because obviously no-one wanted to damage them, so everyone worked much harder:
The weather was super humid, and by the time we did the post-session cool down and stretching on the grass, we were all pretty tired…well, I was, so I guess some of my team mates were, too, though most of them are a frighteningly fit bunch!
Despite the aches and pains today, a super session. Lots of learnings, one of them being (yet again) the power of team work. There is NO way in a million years that I’d drill and train like that alone…
Team work really does make the dream work 🙂