Groan…moan…sigh…limp, limp…that was quite a muay thai class yesterday! Yes, the dreaded knee strikes have returned to Level 1, and in the hands of instructor Grant Rutherford, they are a dangerous weapon indeed.
Don’t get me wrong. I am definitely not complaining. It was great to experience an old school, brutal workout once again. On the flip side, I found out very quickly that I am not used to that type of workout anymore. I am so out of shape, and yesterday’s class guaranteed I won’t be going to today’s. My poor body needs time to heal.
I think how much of a workout you receive when doing knees depends quite a bit on your partner. And last night I paired myself with a very experienced, very strong classmate. This is a girl who regularly runs marathons and who can actually execute moves like the spinning back fist and spinning back kick. I went without the belly pad, deciding to just let the thai pads absorb the impact, since that’s how I learned to hold for knees so I’m more comfortable that way. I estimate that close to (if not over) 500 punishing knees were thrown at my mid-section, resulting in some odd, unexplainable injuries today. I have weird bruising on one of my upper thighs, and the left side of my chest is incredibly sore to the touch. Since I wasn’t kneed in either of those areas, I’m not sure what’s going on. And of course, my knees are killing me!
This leads into a plan I want to launch on Monday. I’ve slipped into some bad habits again this summer–staying up late, not waking up when I should, not making proper meals, etc. Not drinking water unless I happen to run out of Diet Pepsi. The plan is to resume waking up at six, writing for an hour, and then doing a half hour Body for Life run on most days. I want to lift weights three days per week (I’m going to try for Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but the actual days will vary), and attend muay thai classes three to four times a week (I’m going to try for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, but again, the actual days will vary). Evenings will be for preparing a healthy lunch for the following day and relaxing, while on the weekends I’ll have time for more writing, some fun, and catching up around the house. I certainly won’t be working out!
Sunday is the crucial day for this plan. As long as I can get my lunch prepared, my gym clothes laid out, and to bed at ten, I’ll be on the right track. Wish me luck! And have a great weekend, everyone.