Friday, November 30, 2007

Johnston Physical Therapy Plank (Race) Report


This isn't a race report but it might be even better. If you are not exactly a spring chicken, you might really enjoy it.

As you know, I've been doing some core training on the advice of PT guy. I was feeling a little bad because I am not as loyal as I should be, but I am definitely getting some done and can tell I am getting stronger. So, I visited PT guy today. We chat about strength and I say I'm not feeling like it is coming along like it should. He say's, "let's see a plank." I drop and give him the best plank of my life, had to be way over a minute. I do a few side ones and some other stuff, then give him one more mighty fine plank, some hanging and stretching, blah, blah, blah. He was very impressed with my improved strength.

PT guy and I are chatting and this little intern chickie is sort of observing. He says something about a facet which I had heard of but wasn't sure what it is. He tells and shows me on a skeleton, then starts asking Intern Chickie a few anatomy questions as we are chatting and talking about my situation. She stumbles around in her 18 year old speak. (And for you boys, yes, she was totally hot.) He gives her crap for stumbling around cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, etc. Then I think it turned into giving her crap about her workout. She was saying how hard it was, how hard she worked, blah blah.

PT guy says, "Oh yeah, you worked so hard, I bet you can't do a plank for longer than Nancy just did." They go back and forth a couple times and before you know it, he has her talked into doing a plank. I'm thinking he was just going to time her, but I was like, "what the hell." I dropped and did my 3rd plank for the day. PT Guy was so funny, egging her on. First, she started with her body barely off the floor and he made her fix it.

Pt Guy "Look at Nancy, her form is perfect. Look she's shaking already! Eighteen years old and Nancy is kicking your butt"
Nancy "EIGHTEEN??? She's EIGHTEEN?? Do you know how old I am? 30 days left until I am 40!"
PT Guy "Nancy, you are rockin, you are doing great, you totally have this."

By now, old man in corner is grinning, PT Girl is watching and all PT assistants and various old lady patients are watching the competition. Once I heard she was 18 and saw that she was shaking, there is no way you could have gotten me to drop that plank before she did.

PT Guy "30 seconds"
Chickie - "Yeah right, only 30 seconds?"
PT Guy "Yes, and you are totally shaking, 38 seconds, she's totally got you."
"Nanc, keep your head up, your form is awesome, look at how perfect her form is and it's her 3rd rep! You've got it, come on Nancy, hold on"

Her form started to break down and sometime after one minute, Hot Pink Sweatered Intern Chickie collapsed. I rolled over and put up the big double pumping V for victory!! The bantering continued about this being my 3rd rep and Intern Chickie supposedly being the big work out girl.

Nancy "This is totally going in my blog, you know."
PT Guy was laughing his butt off and said, "this SO has to go in your blog, her name is _________!"

After she left, PT Guy made me feel even better. She works out with some really tough trainer and is on some elite athletic teams. He was so proud of me and I was so proud of myself. I used to hate planks but I'm guessing I will be doing them pretty regularly now. This gave me so much confidence and it was as fun as any race I've done! Chalk one up for the old gal.

41 comments:

Ian said...

Great post Nancy, but next time we totally need a picture of Hot Pink Sweatered Intern Chickie. Okay, maybe we don't need one, but I do.

Anonymous said...

OMG that is totally awesome.

Unknown said...

Oh, I absolutely HATE planks! My PT has also prescribed them for me, but I keep forgetting to do them :( I think the longest I've been able to hold them is 45 seconds. Way to go!

Marcy said...

LMAO Vanilla!! I'm so telling your wife! :P And yeah a butt shot would be favorable too :P

You R.O.C.K Nancy!! Whoooo HOOO!!!!!

J said...

Ha! Good for you! Way to pick on the little kid! :) I am so proud!

No, you're not competitive...

akshaye said...

That was the best post! Yay for you!!

Tri+Umph said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again.

You rock my face off!

Great job picking on the 18 year old that thought she was hot stuff. That had to be a riot for you and everybody there!

Nat said...

You are officially my new hero!
A club! AND stronger than an 18 year old.

Michelle said...

Dang, girl!! That is freakin' awesome!! You'd totall "outplank" me, too! ;-)

Michelle said...

I meant "totally." Duh.

ws said...

I never suspected you as the in-your-face bullying type, Nancy, but that angst and determination makes this edgy girl proud. Great job on the plank whipping and have a great weekend.

Jess said...

Yay for you!

Vickie said...

Wow, I guess I had better add that to my routine! I hate them, but should be easier now that my knees are healed from my last fall.

Jamie said...

Way to go Nancy! You could definitely kick my butt in the plank :) you rock!

The Laminator said...

That's so cool Nancy...I may run a little faster than you but you can out-plank me any day!

Gosh, I ran a fast race today, beat some young guy who tried to trip me, but still can't imagine how good you must be feeling. Congratulations!

Neese said...

Nancy, I needed a mile warmup to talk myself into running 3 heheh. I hadn't run since Nov. 17 so it was rough this morning gettin' back in the "saddle". And, the Neese graphic I had made for me by an artist but then I take it into Illustrator and changer her clothing etc. :)

That is an amusing plank story, and way to out plank the youngin :)

kate said...

Great post! Way to kick some 18-year old bootay!

Pat said...

you are the Plank-a-nator!

Pokey said...

I gotta try me some planks!!!

Way to show up the 18 year old chickie....love it!

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

I must have your autograph next time to go with this post - awesome accomplishment! You are getting stronger.

DawnB said...

way to kick butt Nancy nice job!!

sRod said...

Fantastic!

zanne said...

i LOVE it! go nancy, go nancy.

J~Mom said...

I love it!!!

RunToTheFinish said...

ahh power of the mind, you don't have that at 18 no matter what else you might think you have

Nitmos said...

Hilarious. Way to go!

Deene said...

woohoo! you kicked 18-year old butt!

Gotta Run..... said...

Way to kick some young butt!! you are so funny! I felt like I was there laughing with you guys.

You are the PLANK QUEEN!!!

Laura N said...

Woohoo, you ROCK! That is so excellent. Way to kick that 18 year old's butt.

GB said...

You gotta love it when you out plank a teenaged girl! Rock on Nancy!

Michelle Glauser said...

Sometimes competition is the best way to motivate one's self, huh? Like competing against time to finish all my homework before 4 o'clock . . .

P.O.M. said...

Oh Sweet Victory!

Cheryl said...

That was awesome! I hate doing planks, but now I think I'll have to stop skipping them, and start getting strong like "Plank-a-nator" Nancy! This was so motivating, I may have to get on my treadmill and try for 8 today, too!

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