I got to attend the Spinning Instructor Training over the weekend, and it was quite an interesting experience!
It was cool to be around all these people who were into fitness and exercise as much as I was. We all clicked and were able to talk about what kinds of activities we do for fun and competition.
Our Master Spinning instructor was Sabrina!
There was kind of a lot of lecture, which made some of us antsy. Luckily, we got to go on two rides during the 8-hour training:
After all of my finals are done, I’ll take the test to complete my certification!
Right after, I headed down to the Sports Basement (Campbell) for the annual RunningAddicts Christmas party!
I came at the very end, but there were plenty of muffins, cookies, and pizza to go around. Woo hoo!
Loaded up on a bunch of that, plus some extra Korean food at Joe’s that night, and boom. I was insanely ready to run for Sunday.
Sunday morning rolled around and I met up with my team, THE AWKWARD REINDEER!
Stephen, Tammy, and Phil. We are incredibly serious and hardcore.
And Linh took some awesome group photos! Here are all the RA (RunningAddicts) teams:
And this great Awkward Reindeer team photo:
Okay, fine a more normal one (photo creds: Linh):
At 9:00am, leg one was off (that’s me!). This course is super familiar to me because my school home is pretty much up the street:
I did not intend to run this course very quickly, but there was a possibility that we would be late to church, so I had to haul it!
Mile 1: 7:44
Mile 2: 7:41
Mile 3: 7:40
Mile 4: 7:23
Mile 4.5: 7:05
Pretty good. Slight progression, yeah?
Okay. The toughest part of the race was not that last part… it was the fact that I was going to run leg 2 with Tammy and had to continue running!
I just concentrated on my breathing… instead of all mouth-breathing, I started taking breaths through my nose and out the mouth. This calmed me down and allowed me to settle into Tammy’s pace.
Girl, wait up for meeee!
Btw, it was an insanely beautiful day to go for a run!
We went out a little fast in the beginning, but I pretty much allowed Tammy to establish the pace, and just pushed her a bit at the end. It’s a short race, so it’s okay to have some wild speeds. Also, she’s not a runner, so we just made sure it was fun :)
Saw Linh along the way! He’s the one who always takes such wonderful photos for the Running Addicts!
Tammy got in and finished her leg in about 42 minutes (which is REALLY good considering that her only form of cardio is playing softball once a week. I think we have a runner in the making o__O).
Then Stephen took off real fast, so I decided to go backwards on the course and then run the last part with him. On the way, I saw Cameron and decided to run him in for the last mile.
He worked so hard and pushed it that whole time (toughest part of the race!). Great job, Cameron!
Then I turned back around and jogged until I saw Stephen:
He’s also not a runner, but he was doing a fantastic job, keeping a tough pace! Don’t you just hate it when people are flippin’ good at running, even without spending a whole bunch of time on it? They’re just blessed, I guess.
Anyways, Stephen totally killed the third leg! In fact, he ran it so quickly, our 4th leg runner wasn’t ready!
After running him in, finding Phil and telling him to GO, and finally getting a sip of water, I jogged the course backwards again. This time, I went out with Tammy (a different Tammy. She’s actually the one that introduced me to the RA’s!), and we went out until seeing Linh and Amy’s daughter Hope! We ran with her for the last half mile, and she also kept a strong pace to the finish:
(Man, I wish I was able to race when I was her age! Too bad I didn’t catch the running bug until I was almost 21). Thanks for this picture, too, Linh/Amy:
After running Hope toward the finish, I turned back one last time and jogged until I saw Phil!
Chad took a nice picture of us, running the final portion of the relay:
As soon as Phil ran in, we had to haul it back to San Jose to make it to church on time (which we did. We had just enough time to change and arrive in time for opening praise. Woo hoo!).
Overall? Team Awkward Reindeer came made it to the top 140 teams! Hahaha (thanks for the picture, LInh):
Total miles for me:
1st leg: 4.5 miles (33:55), 11.5 miles (1:49:XX).
Yep. That’s 16 miles, friends. Haven’t done that in a long time (of course, only the first leg was tough. The others were easy paces with breaks here and there. I wasn’t moving the whole time for the extra 11.5).
What an incredible weekend! I got to spend it with awesome people, get myself started on a career in fitness (at least something I can do on the side), and make lasting memories. The relay will have to be an annual tradition, too. It was so much fun!
(Totally worth not studying enough… though I paid for it dearly last night, haha)
Have you ever run a relay?
Do you teach group fitness classes? Which one(s)?
How many Christmas parties have you attended so far? (I’ve only gone to one so far. Our church one will be the next one).