Monday, November 11, 2013

Still loving Yoga!

So in my last post I confessed to being a very bad runner in the last 3 months, but I have kept up with Yoga and am still loving it!

Yoga is one of the only activities that I have ever done in my life that l look forward to, crave and can't wait til the next class! I hate missing a class and yes I will drag my Hubby even when he is feeling a bit under the weather. One day he said he wasn't going because he had a headache. I actually told him to "put on your big boy pants, stop whining and let's go! It will make you feel better!" I even clapped my hands in his face and told him to get dressed and get moving! Yep, true story! And guess what?? At the end of the class he felt better and thanked me for making him go! Lol!

The only bad thing about yoga is it's only once a week : ( We have requested for more classes so hopefully something will be added soon. I would like to go 2 times a week at least. Sometimes we do a yoga video at home but it's not the same.

I can't believe how much my strength, balance and flexibility has improved since starting yoga. There are some positions I would never have even thought were in my realm of possibility! But when I want to accomplish something it is pretty hard to stop me!

When I first saw our instructor do Crow Pose I thought she was insane! I didn't think I would EVER be able to do it. Of course Hubby was an expert and showing off from the start so that just spurred me on. I practiced a lot and did a few face plants as a result but one day something just clicked that I wasn't doing right so I adjusted slightly and I did it!! Happy dance!

My legs are still not nearly as high as they really should be and I can't hold this position for very long but I am just happy I actually got both my feet off the ground. Oh and also happy that the back of my arms where my knees dig in don't hurt anymore! They were pretty tender and bruised for awhile.

So the next impossible pose our instructor introduced was the headstand!! No friggin way! But competitive and stubborn me saw Hubby the class star doing it no problem and I couldn't just let him leave me in the dust! I practiced a lot! And hurt myself a bunch! One day I practiced all day and had such a bloody headache and the top of my head was so sore. I was still nowhere near being able to do it. So I googled tips on doing headstands and watched a YouTube video! Lol! I am SUCH a loser!

I made some adjustments to suit me and figured out that it was all about core and shoulder strength, not head and neck strength! That made such a difference! I also decided that I really didn't want to break my neck so will only practice now against a wall. So I have progressed to being able to do a headstand by a wall and taking my legs away so it is all me!!!! Never would have thought I could even do that!! I am still nowhere near strong or confident enough to do it without a wall to break my fall just in case, PLUS the one time I didn't use a wall and asked Hubby to spot me, he just let me fall over in front of him and I crushed and bruised my hands!!! Can you believe him!? There was this awful cracking sound from my hands being crushed and he thought it was my neck. He is lucky it wasn't! Anyways never again!!

Look Ma, no wall!!

So there's a bunch of other wacky poses our instructor does that just leave us with our mouths open but it sure is fun trying!!

Namaste : )

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Suck

I have been a very bad blogger and a very bad runner : (

When I finished the 1/2 marathon in August I wasn't sure if I was going to continue blogging but I knew for sure that I wanted to run more 1/2 marathons. A few people encouraged me to keep blogging so I decided I would.

Well guess what, I have had nothing to blog about!!! Well running wise anyways. After the 1/2 I really wanted to take a break from the grind of training. I did want to keep running but nothing regimented. Well I found out something about myself, I am just not at the point where I run for fun. I need to have a goal in mind and be in a training program. Maybe one day I will run for fun but not there yet. It's now November and we have only run 5k a handful of times : ( Boo! 

Running is not quite a habit yet but I have lots of things to keep me motivated thank goodness!

It's time for a new goal!! Must. Get. Back. Into. It!! And it's the perfect time to start blogging again to hold myself accountable.

I started researching some races coming up and decided April was a good time to run another 1/2. I found a race at Whidbey Island in April and thought it was perfect for our second 1/2. Whidbey Island is in the US and only a couple hours drive away. It is a beautiful area and April will be great weather wise. It will be a smaller race and I think it will be perfect as a transition race going into the summer and leading up to the SeaWheeze again. So we will be registering soon and I am actually looking forward to it! I have no hesitation or fear about whether or not I can do it unlike when I signed up for the SeaWheeze. That's a good sign! It's amazing what completing one 1/2 marathon has done for my confidence!

Next up, Hubby and I really want to do the Half Corked race in the Okanagan in May. It's 18k and is run through the local wineries where you get to sample different wines! How fun will this be!?! It is also well known for people dressing in costumes. Can't wait! Will be a blast! I think it will be a good event to bring the fun back into running.

After that I think we might want to do the Scotiabank 1/2 in June. I have heard it is a great race to get a PR because there are some glorious stretches of downhill! I LOVE running downhill! This race would keep us well trained to rock the SeaWheeze in August!!

Sounds like a lot but I am actually really excited about this plan! I am ready to dig in and look forward to training again. I have kind of missed running these last 3 months. I know my body has. I have aches and pains again and am soft again : (

I found a 24 week traing program online that I really like and Day 1 was supposed to be tomorrow but we did it tonight! We are already ahead of schedule! My daughter had Field Hockey practice tonight so we had time to kill and figured we would take advantage of the track next to her practice. It was really cold, very blustery night and I thought to myself "training in the winter is going to suck!!" But once you warm up it is actually refreshing. The program called for a moderate 5k. It was more of a slow 5k but we did it! 

Back at it!! : )

Day 1 of training

Distance: 5k
Time: 37:55
Pace: A slow and easy 7:35. Cut me some slack! I just took 3 months off!