I am an OC Ambassador.. again

Over the weekend, the husband and I ran a local 5K race. The race was rough. It was hot and it was significantly uphill but the post race high kicked in immediately after. It has been 5 months since I ran a race (the OC Half marathon) but this was the perfect start to my upcoming races. I have been doing consistent running at Orangetheory which made the sprint to the finish line yesterday feel just like an all out pace. Outside of Orangetheory I have been running at the gym and am excited that it is finally cooling down at night for some outdoor runs. In terms of races, I have a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to.

OC Marathon 2017

I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of the OC Ambassador team again for 2017. I don’t know yet if this will be the year I will do the full marathon but the half is a likely race. This will be my third year completing my favorite half marathon to date. This year they are adding the “OC Combo Crush” which is a challenge to complete the 5K on Saturday and the full or half marathon on Sunday. This lover of medals would love three medals for two races!! Be sure to sign up online and chose ‘Samantha Bruce’ under ambassadors.

OC Marathon Ambassador 2017

Run Revel Canyon City

Our next big race on the books is Run Revel in November. This is my first Run Revel and I am thrilled to be running with the husband. I have been ensuring that my training involves a significant amount of stretching my calves and KT Tape to prevent shin splints. Especially being that the race is downhill, I want to ensure my shins are kept in the best shape I can to prevent injury.

Ragnar So Cal 2017

Our So Cal Team from 2015 is getting back together. We entered in the lotto where I thought the chances were small that we would be picked but we were lucky to be picked. The team will be re-uniting in April and while I am not looking forward to a lack of shower for the weekend, I am looking forward to redeeming myself from the last race. The beach, spring weather and running 200 miles – it sounds so crazy but so exciting.

Happy Monday!

Feeling A Little Deja Vu

Although I worked on Friday, I was in weekend mode Thursday night because I got to meet my sister in LA. We had a quick drink and app at SUR Restaurant (and sadly no sighting of anyone from the show) before heading to our meet & greet with David Nail. He is an artist we have followed for almost 6 years across California so meeting him in person was a HUGE deal for us. We enjoyed front row spots for the concert and sang our hearts out for two hours. The rest of the weekend included a cycling class, dinner with the family, an Orangetheory Night Out and time by the pool.

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Feeling A Little Deja Vu

My Saturday night was spent with members and fellow teachers from my Orangetheory gym. Our monthly night out was at a fellow member’s home for a BBQ and pool day. What began as a plan to stop by for an hour turned into a fun, four hour hang-out. I was the only coach who was on the schedule for the next morning so I headed home at a decent hour to prep for the class and get some zzz’s. I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning to teach 4 back to back classes for the day. Although it was my first time teaching more than two Orangetheory classes in a row, I was excited for the challenge. From start to finish, the classes some of the best I have ever taught! I loved getting to meet new students, loved the strength workout of the day and enjoyed every moment of coaching and motivating. As I was driving home, I could not help but be in a great mood. I am teaching at a gym that I love to be at because it really feels like a family. All the way from the studio manager down to each student I have met. On the other hand though of my happiness, I had a bit of a deja vu moment from about a year ago when I wrote this post.

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When It’s Time To Take A Step Back… Again

Last year around the same time, I scaled back some of my classes and tried to make my schedule more accommodating. Within a few months however I was offered a new teaching gig and my schedule went right back to being jammed packed. Driving home on Sunday, feeling as happy as I did about being a coach at Orangetheory, I could not lie to myself any longer. It was time for me to “take another step back.” This time however that meant quitting one of the gyms I work out. Since February, I have taught cycle at a new gym that just wasn’t working for many reasons. I think because teaching at the gym was a dream of mine, I tried really hard to make it work. In the back of my head I knew it never felt right but I hoped it would change. Unfortunately, 6 months later and the nagging feeling that it isn’t working only got worse. This weekend just made me realize I had to take an action and quit. Am I sad about it? Yes, but the relief that I feel is worth any small sadness I do have.

While maybe coincidental that a year ago I felt the same way, I think I am lucky that I have things in my life to compare to. I have a gym that I have taught at for two years that I still get excited to teach at. I have a new opportunity at Orangetheory that has confirmed my love of teaching and fitness. Life is just too short to spend any of your time doing things that do not bring you joy. I just needed the honesty with myself to cut what wasn’t bringing me that joy.

Have a wonderful Tuesday! Catch you back soon for some travel posts.

Orangetheory Recap

I mentioned on Friday that my husband and I went to our first Orangetheory Fitness workout last week. I had heard so many wonderful things about the Orangetheory workout but had the same question everyone did:

What is Orangtheory Fitness?

The goal of Orangetheory Fitness is to finish a workout that will produce EPOC – Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. Each workout is aimed to focus on Endurance, Strength or Power. A coach will guide you through a one hour workout while monitoring your 5-zone interval training sessions called the “Orange 60.” The end goal of the workout is to maximum HR to 84% or higher of your Max HR pushing you into the top 2 zones. The workout is planned to keep you in these intervals for 12-20 minutes of the workout where you should produce the “afterburn” for 24 to 36 hours after your workout. Our coach advised that you can burn up to 1000 calories in one class.

What does the workout consist of?

Unfortunately during our first workout, the HR monitor was down due to a bad internet connection. Although we were not able to track our HR, I still pushed myself because I was motivated by the coach who really helped to lay out our next move after every step. The first workout was an intense, exciting workout. We started by warming up on the rowing machines. Since I do not row very often, my arms definitely felt it the next day. After a rowing warm-up, we completed strength training workouts including squats, bent rows, mountain climbers and ab exercises.

   

On Saturday, we returned back to the same Orangetheory, this time to use with the HR monitor. I was excited to try the class again since we knew what to expect. Having the HR monitor made a huge difference when working out. Even though the coach was very motivating, the fact that we could see how many calories we were burning and percent of HR we were using made it even easier to push even harder. We started on the treadmill where we alternated between remaining in our base pace for 2-3 minutes then moved to our “all out” for 60-90 seconds. We would get a minute recovery before we started the round again. After 30 minutes on the treadmill, we moved to the rowing machine where we warmed up before moving onto the strength portion which consisted of 4 sets of two exercises before going back to the rowing machines. We completed three different strength rounds consisting of chest flys, tricep extensions, arnold palmer presses, bicep curls, pull-ups and jump squats on the TRX ropes. Needless to say I was very sore the next day from the arm workouts. I left drenched in sweat and exhausted, proud knowing how much I pushed myself. By the time I got home, I received an email with my information including calorie burn and average HR from the class. I loved getting to see my final results, which would also be a great way to compare your results from workout to workout.

Final Thoughts?

I will definitely go back to another Orangetheory Fitness class however due to the high cost (the local gym offered classes for $30 or a membership for unlimited at $179), the workout will just need to be a supplement class to my current workout plan. Orangetheory is a great workout that keeps your muscles guessing and prevents boredom from kicking in when working out. Above all else, it is worth giving a try. The high intensity class would be great for an athlete as well as someone just getting into working out or looking to lose weight. Since every exercise is able to be catered to your level, it is a great option for everyone to try.

Linking up with Sara at Lake Shore Runner for Tried It Tuesday.

Tell me: Would you try Orangetheory Fitness? Have you tried the workout before?