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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

So about that 10k...

In 18 days I'm supposed to run a 10k in under 60 66 72 minutes. I'm even thinking of switching it down to the 5k because 6 miles is hard.

Yes, I'm a whiny baby. And proud of it.

I always forget how awful it is to run outside in August. When I took my walk on Sunday it was hard just to walk, forget about running. On Monday I ran 3 miles inside doing my run 4 minutes, and walk 1 minute routine. Even inside it felt harder than it should. But the run 4/walk 1 is the only way I'll get through a 10k right now. I had hoped to keep consistent with my training and be faster but it's just not going to happen that way.

I'm a little bummed but really, it doesn't matter in the bigger scheme of things. I'm never going to be a fast runner. Sure I can get faster but I don't see myself as being someone who will place overall or even within AG. One, I really am not competitive enough. Two, I don't thrive on that kind of drive and discipline. I'm not saying either of those areas are bad - I love reading about other people's "beast modes" but it's not a part of my DNA. Seriously, I watch dystopian or apocalyptic type of movies/shows and think, "Yep, I'd be the first one dead." 

And the past (almost) 10 years of running have shown me that I have times when I'm doing really well and times when it might be better for me to just go ahead and get a hover chair.

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Thankfully, I'm not at the hover chair stage right now. I do still enjoy running, albeit more slowly than at the beginning of the summer. And most likely, when October rolls around and temps are lovely again I'll bust out the "maybe I can get a sub-???" thoughts again. For now, it's just about finishing the race and doing the best I can.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My minor problems

This is not really product endorsement but I am pro-Dunkin Donuts coffee. Especially after being woken up at 4 a.m. by my neighbor's annoying car alarm. Which kept going off throughout the morning. It may still be going on even now but thankfully I'm at work and can no longer hear it.

And no, I didn't take that extra two hours of being awake to exercise. I spent it being grumpy in my bed trying to go back to sleep - unsuccessfully.

I am however, doing well on my 30 day "do whatever kind of yoga you want to" challenge - hereby abbreviated to DWKoYYWT. Hmmm maybe that's more complicated... This is day 9 and while I haven't done anything yet for today, I'll fit something in before bed time. Every day has been a little treat and my session Thursday night probably kept me from maiming my husband who I was extremely frustrated with. Instead I stretched and envisioned peaceful mountains, fall sweaters, and pumpkin spiced lattes.

Other exercise last week was so/so. I ran 4 miles Monday, Zumba on Wednesday, 2.5 interval miles on Friday, Zumba again on Saturday, and a 3.5 mile walk on Sunday. Just my gentle yoga on Tuesday/Thursday.  A class was cancelled on Tuesday and I didn't push myself to do something on my own. Then Thursday ended up being super crazy as we found out at the last minute that Middle School tennis tryouts were that afternoon and my son would need a physical first. But we worked that out and I'm now a tennis mom.

More than a week ago, I was going to do a link-up for a picture Treasure Hunt - hosted by Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home. But it was difficult to get pictures when your infrequent runs are inside with little scenery to distract you...  But I eventually got around to combining a couple different things and have some pics.

My daily lunch. Salad with about 1 tbsp of light ranch dressing, red bell peppers, cucumbers, edamame, chia seeds, and either chicken or chick peas. I usually eat this post-lunch workout and it tastes amazing because I am starving.

New Asics! It was time to get new shoes and rotate my older ones to regular exercising. My previously rotated shoes were falling apart. The new cushioning is always so fun to feel in comparison to the worn down shoes.

One corner of my indoor track. I wish I could take pictures of a "smell" though because something awful is in the sewer there. It's not too noticeable on the track but walking into the building is really really bad. I have to hold my towel up to my nose.

But I run inside because this is how it feels outside in the morning. August needs to go away.

Loads of construction in my neighborhood. It seems like a new house is being put up every time I take a walk. I will be very glad for it to be done so walks and bike rides are a bit more peaceful.

I have issues with neighbors who don't prune their trees properly and therefore block the sidewalk. I mutter complaints every time I go past certain trees. 

But these are all minor issues and complaints. Even the annoying car alarm. I've also spent the weekend watching the news and Facebook for updates on the Baton Rouge flooding. I have many extended family members who's homes have flooded, several had to be rescued by boat, and even those who are lucky enough to have dry homes are trapped there because you can barely get around on the roads. So complaining about missing a couple hours of sleep, weird smells, and low hanging tree branches feels a bit idiotic.

Otherwise I'm just in a calm period before everyone is back on campus again next week. And then we start another adventurous year. Soon enough it will be PSL and fall sweaters time again and maybe I'll stop being so grumpy and whiny.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

30 days of Yoga

Yoga bear vs Yogi Bear
One of the blogs I read regularly is "Run, Eat, Repeat" - link on my blog scroll on the right.  A few days ago she posted about doing a 30-day Yoga challenge. But it was a pretty low key challenge as in - do the kind of yoga you want to do for 30 days (not like these 30-day push up challenges where you end up doing 5 billion push ups at the end)...


I read it on Monday this week and thought - "Heck! I'm already one day in, let's go for 29 more!"

On Sunday, I went to that Yoga Brunch at our local brewery. I ended up meeting 3 other friends there and it was fun to do as a group but the class itself was definitely different than what I'm used to.

  1. The building was super duper hot and stuffy. The class was held in the warehouse portion where they have the beer vats. Which means limited air conditioning, dusty concrete floors, and I'm like 95% sure I saw a dead rat in a corner which really messed up my zen.
  2. It was crowded. I almost got kicked in the head about 5 times. Also, not good for my zen.
  3. Because of the heat and crowdedness - it got a bit smelly. 
  4. But on the bright side it was challenging but not overwhelming. Some stretches I was able to do better than others, the balance stuff went pretty well for me.
  5. The food at the end was good.
So that was day 1 of my yoga challenge and I didn't even know I had started a yoga challenge.

Day two (Monday) was after reading Monica's post and decided that I liked the idea. I read through some comments on that post and found links to YouTube videos. As my workout that day was 4 miles on the indoor track I really needed something to stretch me out that evening.

I picked this video based on the comments: Yoga for Runners: Pre-Run. Yes, yes - I did this pre-run yoga AFTER my run but it was several hours after so I needed that pre-run stretch again. And boom - day 2 of the challenge done.

This morning (Tuesday) I had to wait around the house for the bug spray people to do their quarterly inspection. That meant I wouldn't be able to go to my beloved Tuesday morning yoga class. This class is awesome because it's not power yoga at all. It's good stretches but very very calming. It's my favoritest yoga ever. Favoritest is too a word...

So instead I tried to squeeze in a "gentle morning yoga" video before the kids got up and going. I picked one out and got about 10 minutes into it before realizing it was just a "breathing" yoga video. I like gentle but not that gentle... I started a second video but the kids were up and I had to wait so we could get all of our morning stuff done and them out the door (school has started again down here).

Finally, everyone was out the door and I had enough time for a 20'ish minute video and I picked this one: 

I would prefer a little more stretching than this one offered. But if you're looking for some really easy yoga in the morning it's not bad. The only thing about her videos is that I have to put on some songs in the background to help my mood.

So in the days ahead I'm keeping my options open for my daily yoga practice. Some days it will be videos like this, or I have a longer more "power yoga" DVD as well. Some days it might just be 5-10 minutes of moves that I choose post run to help stretch out. But I really like the idea of setting aside this time for stretching, reflection, and relaxation.

The start of school is a bit stressful for me (and my son) as he starts middle school. I'm very tempted to eat my feelings and anxiety - as if that will help the situation at all. I did pretty well yesterday - the yoga helped.

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