Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yoga Workout

Just wanted to log in my yoga workout from last night. It was 1 hr 15 min long. Went to a great yoga class with my sister-in-law and feeling a little sore this morning. My neck, shoulders, and hammies are a little tight. Other than that, I feel great-ready to conquer a run, however my run schedule is a little messed up this week. Need to do a run today but not sure if that is going to happen. I have a hair appointment tonight. Maybe I can manage to get in 30 min on the treadmill, before I have to leave. Isa also has swim team tonight. There are just not enough hours in the day!!

Also, wanted to note that I'm trying to get my name out there in the fitness industry so I'm volunteering at the Runner's Classic 10k & 5k race November 21st in Orlando. I'll be handling registration. Hoping to meet some more people and get involved. Ely took a business card from this guy at the Orlando Film Festival and brought it home for me. He wasn't sure what it was about, but on the front of the card it said "RUN" so he thought I should look into it. Also, put in an email to the owner of the foundation for volunteer opportunites. See what happens!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

On Track

So just wanting to catch up from last week. Wednesday, my friend and I did our 30 minute run. Before the run though, I measured out 1 mile on the route we go to help with some intervals. First we jogged to warm up. Then we paced ourselves for the 1 mile and we did it in 9 minutes. Then stretched out our legs and jogged for the remaining of time. We were both feeling tired and I wasn't really having much energy that morning. 9 minutes is ok. Definitely want my race pace to be faster. Something to work on.

Friday I didn't do much. I usually use this day to rest up for our long run the next morning. Saturday I woke up about 5:45am, got dressed, and made sure I ate something. Just some millet toast with peanut butter and water. It's something I regularly eat to keep me sustained for the next couple of hours. I was excited to use my new Hydrobak and it worked great! It's really convenient because it holds my water, GU, and my car key. Ely thinks it will be good for me by adding extra weight so that on race day, I will feel lighter and go faster. I hope his theory is right! So after I ate, I put on my jacket(it was a cold 44 degrees) and headed out the door to do our 12 mile run.

At first it was cold, but of course we warmed up quickly after the first couple of intervals. Soon after, the sun rose and conversations started. I think the run went really well for us and it felt easier than the first time we ran 12. Also have to note that my feet felt ok, too. Just toward the end, the top of my left foot was starting to feel strained a little. But I think it was just sore muscles because it's back to normal now. About 3/4 through the run I took my gel. I'm not really sure if it worked or not, but it's important to take, anyway. When we were finally finished, we stretched and went home. When I got home I stretched some more and spent some time with my foam roller who is a runner's best friend. I say that because like a friend, my foam roller does not give me any breaks, but is straight foward and to the point :) Just a little humor because it helps and hurts me at the same time.

Today is Sunday and my hips and quads are a little sore, but a good kind of sore. Planning on rolling out my legs again later after a hot shower. This week will be an easy week for me. I will probably do some speedwork one day, and a tempo run another. Then I will taper off for my 5k race I'm doing on Saturday. I'm really excited about doing our first "cousins race." Me and some of my cousins are doing the race together. It's going to be fun!

Happy Running to everyone!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Workout-45 min of Yoga

The yoga class didn't work out, so I managed to self motivate and do a yoga video at home this evening. It was just ok. It was more for beginners, but at least it was 45 minutes of some minor stretching. Definitely not relaxing doing it in my living room with 3 kids asking questions and getting into trouble.

Tomorrow morning is our 30 min run. Meeting up with my friend early am. I have a race coming up in 2 weeks so I want to be prepared for it. I would like to have a good time so I think tomorrow I'm going to measure out the 5k distance and try to run it in a decent time. Let's hope that yoga did a body good! And I have plans for a yoga class next week. Can't wait!

Yoga Journal - Yoga Cross-Training - Yoga for Runners

Yoga Journal - Yoga Cross-Training - Yoga for Runners

Sunday Run

Sunday was our long run day. It's been a while since we did a really long run, so I opted to do a 6.5 miler to work our way back up again. My foot was feeling pretty good and the weather was great. Yesterday I didn't workout. Just rested my legs and tonight if all goes well, I'll be doing some yoga with my sister-in-law. I love yoga, but unfortunately, I don't get to go often. I'll be trying this new place and so the first class is free! My son has t-ball practice though, so it all depends on getting a sitter for my two girls.

Yoga is great for runners and it helps prevent injuries. Some feel that yoga is not enough of a workout for them, once they get into more high impact exercises. However, the two really go well together because, part of getting the most out of your runs, is stretching after. I really can't say enough about stretching and how important it is. After a workout you should spend about 30 seconds on each stretch you do, and it's important to breathe through your moves. We tend to hold our breath, but we need that oxygen to get to our muscles. What happens when you workout is we contract and shorten the muscle you are exercising. But, we can't leave it like that, we need to lengthen it back out. So spending some time to cool down and release the tension will pay off in the end. I think today's challenge for everyone is to look up at least one yoga move and give it a try! You may be inclined to do one more :)