Beyond inspired by the Olympics this week. I cannot tear myself away from the TV! Thinking about five people and a dinner table. Wants pumpkin pie for dessert.
- Tempo Run, 8 miles
2 mile warmup
4 miles tempo (7:19, 7:13, 7:03, 7:03)
2 mile cool down
- Bikram Yoga, 1:30:00
- Speedwork, 7 miles
2 mile warm up
1x1600 @ 6:41
1x1600 @ 6:43
1x1600 @ 7:01
1x1600 @ 7:05
1 mile cool down
- 5 mile easy cadence run @ 170-180 bpm
- Long run, 16 miles @ 8:00/mile on the dot!
(3 miles pick up @ 7:30/mile)
Total: 41 Miles
3 hours, yoga
Solid week, good running, good people, bossed up.
- Run 8 miles, 4 @ 7:20, 4 @ walk/run pace —> Ran at noon. 100 degrees. #worstideaever
- Strength @ Equinox, 1:00:00
- Run 5 miles (am), hill work @ 8:09/mile
- Run 5 miles (pm), recovery @ 9:00/mile
- Run 7 miles speed work:
1.5 mile warm up
2 miles, 7:04 and 7:03
4 minute recovery
2 miles, 7:01 and 6:55
1.5 mile CD
- Run 18 miles @ 8:10 pace(!!)
Total: 43 Miles
This was a sad, sad week of training, but if rest is what I have to do, so be it.
- Swim 2500 yards or 1.42 miles
- Swim 1650 yards or 1 mile
- Swim 2300 yards (drills, intervals)
Total Miles: 0 (run), 6450 yards (swim)
9 Weeks until Savannah!
Adrenaline pump from Monday’s CrossFit experience carried me through the whole week.
- Bikram Yoga, 1:30:00
- Crossfit Chicago, “Fight Gone Bad” 346#
- Speed work: 7x800, cruise intervals. All between 3:07-3:16.
- 4 miles recovery
- 9 miles, Steady State, 7:40/mile
- 3 miles, recovery
- Easy 10 miles @ 8:09/mile
Total: 38.5 Miles
11 Weeks until Savannah!
Well, if the goal was to get in 30 yoga classes in 30 days (which it was) then I failed quite miserably. However, I really don’t want to look at it that way. I’m pretty sure I made it to 20+ classes during the month of June but unfortunately I lost track.
Tally’s were kept on a printed out calendar which was lost at some point during a visit from my good friend Jonna in the middle of the month.
Here we are classin’ it up at Girl and the Goat:
I really don’t think I want consider making it to 20 yoga classes in one month a failure by any means… In fact, it’s probably the most classes I’ve taken in one month ever, so I’ll go ahead and pat myself on the back for really trying to stick to it!
- Making it to 10 bikram classes and never having to sit out once during any of the poses.
- When my shoulders opened up on Half Moon Pose (Ardha-Chandrasana) around the 6th or 7th time at Bikram, and I could put my elbows behind my ears.
- Trying studios that are new to me (Moksha, Vessel, The Lab)
- Re-connecting with my all time favorite yoga instructor ever, ever, ever: Allison English
Some not so pretty moments:
- Missing days because of work commitments or travel or race weekends.
- Doing three yoga classes in one day to try and get my numbers up.
- Having to go to Yoga Sculpt (which I dislike very much) because it was the only class that fit my schedule.
- Being too tired to run as it was challenging to choose yoga over running even though my body thanks me!
Brought my yoga mat to the Ragnar Relay:
Some intentions that I set:
- One day at a time
- Letting go
At the end of the month, I came clean to my friends about all sorts of jumbled up feelings I’d been hiding and I had a massive breakthrough in figuring out why I am the way I am. I was vulnerable, it hurt for a minute, but then it felt really good. Felt good to actually answer the question, “How are you?” with true honesty. I won’t give yoga all the credit, but I will give it some.
“Do you believe in anything?” Why yes, yes I do.
1. A bowl full of hair ties at my Bikram studio:
2. A collection of goodness: Gatorade G2, pink yoga mat, pink bag, pink toenails, my bike. #summer.
From February ‘10 - April ‘11 I ran five marathons (2 BQs, 1 Boston and 4 were sub-4 hours).
Life is different now than it was in February ‘10. Big Moves. The air of magic is heavy around me but my feet are light. All ten toes are lifted.
“Breathe and all will be revealed, love and all will be healed. This is yoga.” -Seane Corn
Intriguing me of lately are the things that challenge people. And so I give myself a challenge: 30 days of yoga. In a row. So many reasons I want to do this:
1. I like putting myself into an uncomfortable state in order to arrive on the other side more comfortable than I was before I started.
2. 30 days from today I begin training for another marathon and my off-season is over. I won’t have time or energy to commit to something like this.
3. Other friends of mine have successfully completed 30-day challenges of various kinds. I even have one friend doing a different 30-day challenge every month for the 2011 year. If he can do 12 months, I can surely do one month.
4. I just started a job with lululemon athletica (no, I didn’t already work for them before) and as part of their Gift of Yoga I feel it is my responsibility to honor that with a full yoga immersion.