I’ve spent the past 18 weeks participating in the Outer Banks Boot Camp. It consisted of three 6-week sessions, meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m., and an “optional” run on Sunday mornings at 6:30. With the exception of one Sunday, I didn’t miss a single day.
Personally, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done; I lost 10 pounds and dropped my cholesterol level by just over 50 points. I have gained muscle, reduced flab and have increased energy levels. My clothes fit better, and quite a few things are now too big. My confidence has grown and I feel I am part of a very special group of like-minded people. The encouragement from my friends and the rousing threats from the coaches helped me overcome my fears of failure, embarrassment and weakness.
One day during the first session we ran through side streets to the Avalon Pier, stopping along the way at every STOP sign for 10 push-ups before continuing down to the next STOP sign. I was the last in the group, and I was puffing, panting and really struggling.
The faster ones in the group – the ones who had already completed this run – came back to get me! They were cheering me on and running with me. They lifted me up and I was able to gather the strength to finish. Fast forward 14 weeks, same route, same run with push-ups and I was in the lead group. This time I was one of the ones who went back to “get” someone. We flanked her side-by-side and together we ran to the end. That’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment!
There’s a one-week session starting Monday, August 22, and another six-week session starting September 6. For more information, click here.