Friday, October 7, 2011

Bikram Yoga and a Tough Run!

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

I'm running short on time, but I just wanted to pop into say hello.


Anyways, I wanted to let you all know that I went to my first Bikram yoga class last night. Although I have been to many yoga classes in the past and used to do it regularly, this was my first Bikram yoga class. It was very intense, but in a different way than I thought it would be. I found that the poses weren't as difficult as ones I've done in power yoga or similar classes. However, the heat made everything seem 10x harder! One of my friends convinced me to go, and I'm glad I did! I felt like I really stretched my muscles out. Additionally, I think the class teaches patience and mental stamina which is super important for a distance runner like me. : )

This isn't me...I don't think I'm quite that graceful..haha

This morning I completed my first long run since my 13.1 mile run last weekend. Before I get into it, here's a recap of my runs and fitness activities over the last week.

Saturday: At home strength and stretching (I was going to run, but it was pouring, and I didn't have time to go to the gym)
Sunday: 13.11 mile run!
Monday: 3 mile recovery run
Tuesday: Rest!
Wednesday: 5.5 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile early morning run and Bikram yoga
Friday: 9 mile run

I'm not going to lie; this run was rather difficult, especially towards the end. Even though I got 9 hours of sleep last night, I was still pretty tired this morning and had to push myself out the door. Once I got running, I felt great still didn't want to go very far. However, once I got past the 3 or 4 mile point, I felt fine until I got to about mile 7. Here, my legs started to hurt a bit and feel like bricks. To be honest, I think my legs are still recovering a bit from my unexpected 13.1 mile run on Sunday. Additionally, I think the yoga thrown into my schedule made my legs a wee bit tired as well.

Although it was a hard run, I'm happy I did it, because it gives me confidence
that I can complete my half no matter what! (I just noticed my fluff ball cat in the 
background..Ain't he precious?)

Although my legs were tired, I pushed through because I know it's important that I do at least 1 long run a week to keep me conditioned for my half marathon which is less than a month away. I think I'm going to stay away from long runs until at least next Friday though, to give my legs some more time to recover. I'll probably do one 5 or 6 mile run early next week, but besides that I'm going to stick to short runs, rest, and cross-training.

I'm about to head to work before meeting up with some friends for dinner. Tonight, I'm going to a house party. I haven't been to a house party in a good while, so it should be interesting. I don't really want to "go out" tonight, but I know Ed is playing into that thinking. It's just one night, so I'm going to push myself and do my best to have a good time!

Tomorrow, some friends and I are driving two hours a way to explore one of the biggest corn mazes in the United States. Not only that, but we are doing it at night and they turn the whole cornmaze into a haunted house well...cornmaze. It should be a grand old time!

And on a random note, here's a nice lunch, I enjoyed last weekend:

Whole wheat bagel thin, cheddar cheese, scrambled egg,
carrots, greek yogurt veggie dip, and a 'nanner. Oh, and I
can't forget the ketchup : )

Has anyone tried Bikram yoga? Thoughts?
How do you handle "peaking too soon" in half marathon training? 
What are y'all doing this weekend?


  1. Aww, yoga is so fun! My friend and I did hot yoga and we were dying! It was an awesome experience though :)

    Have fun at the haunted corn maze, that sounds like so much fun!

  2. Yoga is so so helpful! Although I hate it lol... well I hate it going into it, and then I feel much better after :)