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Last night I joined A Sweat Life for their Sweatworking event over at Brooklyn Boulders. For anyone that follows my blog (OMG does anyone actually follow my blog) you might that A) I have gone to a few sweatworking events before and B) I have gone to Brooklyn Boulders before so neither of these activities were particularly new to me. Here is what was new, last night I used the auto belay for the very first time. I am not going to lie, I find the belay extremely scary and intimidating and the idea of falling... yeah no. But it was fun! My friends and I started out on an auto belay that was a bit more difficult so we didn't get very high off the ground. We set out to do the easier course and got almost to the top (we were all like meh, we've gone far enough). While on the ground I was cheering for other people and telling them they needed to just let go and when I got to the top myself I definitely started to just climb down. I was telling myself that I wanted to get past this one protruding rock that I was afraid was going to end up in my lady parts, but honestly, I think it's just scary to just let go. Even when you have a rope holding onto you and you know you are going to be OK, letting go is scary.
True of life right? Letting go is scary. I said it again. Because it's true. But has anything really bad ever really come as a result of letting go? No. Usually you feel more free and open and in this instance, and sometimes life, weightless.
Will I be scared to let go the next time I auto belay? Definitely. Will I do it? Definitely.
As for the awesomeness that is Sweatworking: Jeana is just a delight. If you are in Chicago and looking for a great class check out her schedule at CTF. Since we were in a group of 60 we also had a couple of BB folks assigned to us and they were giving out tips and tricks and just general good conversation while not being extremely exceptional and intimidating climbers. I mean let's be real, I bet they are awesome, but it's not like you watched them and then went oh shit...
And for the freebies: Dinner from Radish, free dop in for BB including shoe rental (THANK YOU), drink from Social, Vita Coco, water bottle and powder from Nuun, all the Luna bars you could never want to eat, drop in session at Delos Therapy, muscle milk... and I feel like there was something else in that magical swag bag but I couldn't tell you what it is.
If you are in Chicago or visiting Chicago and haven't checked out Sweatworking events yet, you are an insane person. They are a super cheap way to check out some of the gyms around the city and workout with people that you might not meet otherwise. Fitness + Networking + Happiness = what are you waiting for.
Let go. (Is this where I start singing "Let It Go" from Frozen? Maybe).
P.S. I definitely stole that featured image from A Sweat Life's Instagram.
P.P.S. Are you musical theater nerds listening to the soundtrack for Hamilton? I am dying, it's so very good. Please come to Chicago stat or someone please fly me out to NYC!
Not really, the end isn't nigh at all... I don't even really know what that means in regards to my life... perhaps that there is an end in sight to marathon training? Five more weeks. But once that is done, I have another half and then I still have my eyes set on a spring ultra, so we will see how this marathon goes. But I digress... that was really just the heading I chose for this post. Things of note:
1) I got some really awesome news last week that I will keep a secret until next winter once it's official, but as of right now, I am cryptically excited.
2) On Saturday I did the first of my super long runs. 16 miles completed. I ran fairly slowly so most of it felt good though miles 10-13 I was feeling like I was going down. Then I ran into the NRC cheerleaders along the lake and they really pumped me up to get it done. Mile 15 I hit up the zoo as it's my favorite way to end a run, and mile 16 I sprinted. Or rather, mostly sprinted. I sprinted through the St. Jude walk which I would say was more of a St. Jude meander, but as long as money was raised and people were out being healthy then that's all that matters.
3) What am I reading that resonated with me this week: - Zach Anner workout videos: OK so this requires no reading at all. A friend was telling me about these videos and how hilarious he was. What she didn't know is that Zach was on Oprah's contest to get his own talk show. I don't remember how he did, but party on Zach because you are a badass and hilarious dude.
- "The Benefits of Sleep" by Nike - I feel constantly exhausted and run down as of late. It's due to not enough sleep and running and crosstraining. This week has begun my week of doing less cardio in the gym and hopefully that will help. But sleep yall, it's important.
- "Shine Theory, Girl Gangs and Running" from A Sweat Life - My girl gang is my everything. Growing up I tended to get along with males better and the majority of my friends were gentlemen. As I have aged, I have found myself surrounded by some super awesome women in various aspects of my life. My favorites have been the ones who have supported and pushed me through all things fitness. From Annie and Mel who got me running in the first place, to Brittany, Lucy and Theresa who I would die without (OK yes, that was a bit dramatic but you get the point... I think) and to my lady Facebook group of gym friends... they are my everything. Oh and Greg... you are in my girl group too... because you are an honorary girl duh.
Speaking of A Sweat Life, I will be joining them at their monthly Sweatworking event tonight at Brooklyn Boulder. Tuesday climbing in the house!