The Long Week Is Over

It’s the weekend! Thank goodness. It’s been a heck of a week.

Though it was rainy and icky this morning, the day wrapped up just fine.

After work, I hit up the gym to take an Ultimate Conditioning class. I had never taken it before and was excited to see what the instructor (“Susie Q”) would pack into the 60-minute session.

First, we got all of our equipment: a step, a 9-lb. body bar, a set of 5-lb. weights, a set of 8-lb. weights and a mat. Lots of stuff!

We spent the first 10-15 minutes doing a light cardio warm-up involving lots of grapevines, hamstring curls and basic moves on the step. From there, we got into deep leg work (lunges and squats) and upper body fun (bicep curls, tricep presses, tricep kick-backs, etc.). The class wrapped up with some basic crunch exercises for the abdominals and, lastly, partner exercises.

Overall the class was OK. It was a packed room, but the energy level was low, sadly. I also despise being asked to do partner work in group fitness classes. It’s always awkward pairing up, and even more awkward when you have to touch each other.

Still, I was glad I went and I expect to be a bit sore tomorrow, which is always a good sign!

After the gym, I met up with Lauren for a bit. Obviously you know how the night ended, right?

16 Handles at its best

Check out all those toppings. Needless to say I’m going to bed with a full belly.

Fine by me: I’m attempting to conquer 12 miles tomorrow morning! I’m hoping the wind dies down by then, and it’s going to be a chilly run. But we’ll see what happens, won’t we?

TELL ME: What’s your perfect Friday night? I usually like to lay low on Fridays and go out on Saturdays. A good dinner, a movie and a dessert treat are my go-to stay-in activities.



2 Responses

  1. I prefer to stay in and drink a glass of wine with some take out and go to bed early! This is the perfect combo to get up early on Saturday and get a ton of stuff done! Good thing the fiance and I are on the same page on this one!!

  2. Friday nights I like to lay low too. In college, I always wanted to watch movies and eat ice cream on Friday nights. Saturday was for parties, dates, etc… Tonight though I watched movies and worked on a handout for clients on grief. Sounds like a fun night, huh?

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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