Zumba Class Review and Then More Miles

26 Nov

Two days ago I was attempting to run 3 miles, and couldn’t make it without walking in between due to knee pain. Bullocks! On the plus side, I walked down some streets I usually pass right by and discovered some cute bars plus a new coffee shop called LaGreca on Wythe and South 1st. It must be new because the only indication of the storefront were two paper signs in the window. Sweet, more coffee!

mm hmm.


When I got home from that run-walk on Monday morning I was feeling slightly defeated, but also proud that I finally learned. I used to think it was all or nothing–”If I’m not running, what’s the point? Forget it.” Wah. Wah. Shut up mel.

What an unfortunate mindset I had, because that’s just not true. I got out there, and even though I couldn’t do the speed I wanted, I kept the distance the same and paced smart to keep from getting more injured. And then, on Tuesday, I did the unthinkable.

Zumba Class.

After work on Tuesday, having no run in the morning figuring my knee needed a rest, I decided to hit the gym (NYSC) for the first time since March.*

The workout? Eh. It was an hour of a bunch of different dancing techniques: salsa, samba, raggae, cha cha, merengue, African, and probably one or two more. The teacher was energetic and spunky. It was fun, but I wouldn’t say it was a kick-ass workout. My ass was not kicked. But it was shaken in rhythm, yes. I don’t think I’ll venture back to this class. There were others who were definitely getting a sweaty workout, so more power to them. But if you’re one of those people who needs a serious drill seargant pain sesh–it’s not here.

More Miles

Wednesday morning I woke up and ran 3.5 miles here. No knee pain! GLORY. Rest and zumba did me right for a day.

I feel obligated to remind you that I didn’t run for two weeks prior to the knee pain. Rest is relative, people. And I am the master of abusing it. But I always come back, and I’m always thankful.

*note: I’ve been paying $70 a month for a NYSC membership while my ass has not seen the gym for 8 months (running outside). I’m investing in my piece of mind? … Someone knock some sense into me.

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7 Responses to “Zumba Class Review and Then More Miles”

  1. Nicki November 27, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    I struggle with the safety net of a gym membership so I have some place in the winter. I don’t know what to tell you on that, Mel. I do think, even though I have no sidewalks where I am in Endicott (out half way between Endicott and Maine) that I am giving it up. I can always head to the Rail Trail in the winter.

    Good to have no pain. I have been doing a run/walk – with my first ever race coming up in two weeks (just a 5K) – as I have been having ankle pain. Gonna have it looked at to make sure there is nothing serious going on but always do something – if not run, a brisk walk.

    • melruns December 7, 2009 at 3:09 am #

      I’ve run the Rail Trail! How is it in the winter? Do they keep it shoveled and in running shape? I hope you have warm gear!

      I hope your ankle heals quickly. Stay strong.

  2. Kara November 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    I tried Zumba for the first time a few weeks ago, and I kinda felt the same way…I worked up a bit of a sweat (mainly because I had run for a while before the class), but it wasn’t as much of a workout as I hoped. Plus, I felt like an idiot doing the moves, which was no fun!

    I don’t think I could ever give up my gym membership, even though I don’t go as often as I like. It’s definitely a security blanket for me!

    • melruns December 7, 2009 at 3:08 am #

      me too! thought ultimately we’d feel the most secure if we just went :) . funny how that works, huh?

  3. randy December 7, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    where can i take individual zumba classes in bklyn

    • melruns December 7, 2009 at 3:07 am #

      Hey Randy–I took the class at a NYSC in Manhattan at the 14th St & 6th Ave location. I just did a quick check at the NYSC gym in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but they don’t offer it. They DO have belly dancing and Latin groove classes though.. could be just as interesting!

  4. Amy Beth January 16, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    Zumba definitely takes getting the hang of, but after you do if you go all out with it you can burn up to 1000 calories an hour.

    If Randy sees this and hasn’t found a class yet, check out Zumba.com and search for one near you!
    Its addicting and SO much fun!

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