Holy hell, I have not had legs this sore in a long time...not since the first week of my workouts, back in February! This is the type of sore legs that make you really consider whether you want to sit down...or stand back up. Ouch on both directions!
My group started in the gym, where after doing some floor workouts for the glutes and quads, and then holding a wall sit for 2 full minutes (woohoo, I did it w/o taking a break!), we did the leg press machine where Brad exerts negative pressure as you are letting the bar go back - so you have to fight to keep it from slamming back. This was harder than usual for me. During the third set of 15 reps, my legs got so visibly shaky that I had to take a break - and when I was finally done, they were jiggling like jell-o!
Then, after an all-too-short water break, we did the dreaded "bottom-to-bottom" Tabata - which is doing squats as quick as you can for 20 seconds, then hold a squat for 10 seconds, then repeat - eight times!!! In the past, I have never made it through an entire set without having to take a break, but this, after the intensity of the leg press, wiped me out! I could not hold the squat, I was not moving quickly...I could not push myself to do this. I have not been this beat down by exercise in a long time!
When we were done and the three of us finally stumbled into the cardio room, Linda took one look and asked "What did Brad do to y'all?!?" - seriously, we were in bad shape! And then we had 30 minutes of cardio to do! Ugh, it was not pretty, and I was not at my best.
I was bummed that I felt so sore for a number of reasons: For one, I started the day with a lot of energy and was excited and ready to run on the treadmill. And since my group began in the gym yesterday, I was not at my best by the time cardio rolled around and ended up just walking on an incline. And I knew that this kind of soreness would not be gone in a few hours - heck, it's still going full-force this morning! Which slows me down and makes me feel out of shape, which in turn is a little depressing. There is a difference between sore muscles that make you feel like you got a good workout, and sore muscles that just hurt and make you feel weak. This is the latter.
I know I'm not in superb, tip-tip shape. I know I have a long way to go for that, and I can accept my limitations because I know that I am improving, slowly. But this type of muscle soreness really brings me back down to earth on how far I still have to go with getting myself physically fit. Sigh.