Since we are in Reno for the air races, some of you reading may be worried about crashes. Nope. Not even at the airport yet, still at the hotel and sipping a cup of coffee.
Our room is at the end of a long hallway. As part of my commitment to continuing the exercise portion of my better health quest, I thought it would be interesting to be body weight lunging down the hallway at 5 a.m. Of course, this was after a good warmup and using my stretchy bands to do some rows and presses and pull downs and high-to-lows, low-to-highs, and the ABC thing trainer J recently introduced.
I was pretty well warmed up and sweaty and gross before I stepped outside our room. I also propped the door open so I would not have to carry my key.
Anyway, long hallway is about 140 steps from our room to the junction turn to the elevator. I was not sure how that translated into walking lunges, but it would be an interesting experiment. I knew it would be more than 30, which is I believe my longest stretch but with a 15 lb. dumbbell in each hand.
Because I was curious, I thought I would give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen? I collapsed on the ugly carpet in a puddle of sweat? Yeah, that did sound pretty damn awful. But I was curious. Really curious. I wanted to go home with some intriguing new fact to share.
Once I hit 90, I was thought I was close to the hallway intersection, dripping sweat all over the ugly carpet, and just sure my legs were experiencing some sort of flameless fire. Rest pauses were fairly regularly things during this effort, naturally, but I was determined to finish the stretch. It ended up being 108 bodyweight lunges to get me from the door of our room to the hallway intersection.
Because I am such a glutton for punishment, I then used the mini band I had valiantly carried all the way down the hallway and side stepped back with it around my ankles. And because J always stresses keeping it equal, I had counted sets of doorways before starting and went 6 sets before switching sides for the other 6 doorways. Yep, I know – kind of a nerdy exercise geek.
I think I can count this as a leg day. Hopefully my legs will get back to full functionality. And even if I have temporarily broken them completely, I am pretty proud of myself right now.
Off to the races we go.