What do Hiking & Ballet have in Common?

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Yesterday we talked about mixing it up – adding variety to your workouts. Let me share a couple of ways I am adding variety above and beyond having my strength workouts changed often and varying the cardio I do.

Wanderers’ Trail Race

This Sunday I will be doing a 4 mile trail race. One of my 2012 goals is to do a race longer than a 5K. This one counts. While they can this a trail race, I call it a hike. Here is the description of the course:

This roughly four miles course meanders through the woods, crossing hills, dales, rocks, roots, streams, grassy knolls, and the occasional bit of asphalt.

Things I am worried about: what to wear, what to bring, falling (klutz here remember).

Things I am excited about: should be able to get some pictures while walking, completes one of my 2012 goals, looks like it will be a beautiful day

My goal? To finish. I have no time goal whatsoever, I just want to complete the race without injuries.

Barre3 Class

Barre3 Knoxville is opening this week and offering free classes for 7 days. I am taking a class one evening next week. Here is their description of the class:

As dancers know, the ballet barre is a wonderful prop designed to support the body in both static and dynamic movement leading to long, lean muscles. barre3 evolves the dancer’s workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with the wisdom of yoga and the strength of Pilates. barre3 classes are set to an upbeat soundtrack and follow a vigorous pace moving through a sequence of postures designed to shape and lift the entire body.

This is not something I might normally try on my own, but a friend sent me a message and asked if I was going. Then I was like, well why not?

Things I am worried about: I have no rhythm whatsoever, my balance could definitely be better, and I am not that flexible

Things I am excited about: Seeing the new studio, working out with a friend, trying something completely new

So, within the next week, I will have tried two new activities. WOOHOO!!! There will definitely be reviews.

Today’s talking point: What’s something new you would like to try?

Happy Hump Day!

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  1. Good luck on the 4-miler! i do a four mile road race each July and it’s one of my FAVORITE events each summer:)

    and don’t be afraid of the trails! I know you will have a great experience if you just remember to be safe and keep a smile on that face!

    Also – I happen to know of a few trail running friends who have written about trail races!

    here’s some links:
    http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2011/07/trail-race-faq.html
    http://healthyashley.com/2010/01/reflections-trail-vs-road-races/
    http://fitblogger.ca/trail-running/