Weekly Training Recap

Mon: 4 miles

Tues: 4 miles – 558 ft elevation gain
Hills day! My running partner and I made it a new years resolutions to tackle hills on our weekly runs. We finally mustered up the courage to run at an infamously hilly trail. We have a lot of work to do as this run included a lot of walking, but getting there is half the battle right?

Wed: Rest Day

Thurs: 1 mile 
Attempting to run four days a week again. Last time I ran 4 days a week, my ITBS started flaring up. Hoping that all the strength training, stretching and foam rolling will help the ITBS be a thing of the past.

Fri: 10 miles – 105 ft gain
Ran the first two miles with my husband, made the 10 miles go by much faster! Even though I dread getting up earlier for long runs, I always feel so great afterwards – especially after a double digit run!

Sat: Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance
Posting this before it actually happens with the hopes that it will actually make me do it 😉

Total mileage: 19 miles

T-minus 9 weeks til the San Francisco Rock N Roll.

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Confessions of A Yoga Noob

After my last blog post, I had some very helpful suggestions from Pscapp and Kristin to try yoga as a possible remedy to my ITBS struggles. I’m willing to try anything if there’s a slight possibility I’ll be able to run pain free.

My experience with yoga is limited to just classes of Bikram Yoga. The first class was a double date. Is there really a better place for a double date than a place where you will sweat out enough liquid to solve California’s drought problem? No, there isn’t. An hour and a half of hot yoga is no joke. I have never sweat that much in my entire life. It was like my skin was just one giant faucet. 

After my first two classes I never went back as the bikram in my area is a little pricey. But with the recommendations to try yoga, I wanted to give it another chance. Life is a tad busy at the moment with work at its busiest season with work events galore and coaching a high school gymnastics team, so going and paying for a class is out of the question. So where do you turn? YouTube!

My most favorite ab workout is on there, why not stream a yoga video?

I quickly realized that I know nothing about yoga and spent a few minutes doing a quick google search about the different types of yoga.

I attempted this power yoga video from Bryan Jones. It was only 30 minutes, which was perfect for my Tuesday morning. I think I may need something shorter, like 15 minutes, but not sure if I’ll get the benefits I’m looking for with a shorter time. It was a good workout, I even started to sweat a bit. One thing I know for sure, running has made my muscles so tight. As a former gymnast, my body and muscles were quite flexible. I’ve noticed that the more that I run, the tighter my muscles become. I held the downward dog position and my muscles screamed at me. Conclusion: I need to stretch more.

Even though yoga may not be my thing, I’m going to keep at it for a while. I’m going to commit to two-three days a week for at least 15 minutes for two months.

Insane and dumb

Entering into week 15 of my marathon training. I’ve always struggled with what to do for my cross training days. I don’t belong to a gym, so ellipticals and bike machines are out. I don’t own a bike, so actual cycling is out. I attempted to buy a bike for the purpose of cross training, but the prices were so high I balked at actually buying one. I don’t swim, period. As a young person just trying to stay in shape, I used to swim laps at my local gym. I quite enjoyed it, until an old wrinkly man told me that I had bad form and that I should watch the girl in the far lane who must’ve been on a swim team because her technique was so refined. That being said, I haven’t swam since.

At the beginning of this training, I was also doing Insanity three days a week with a friend for moral support. I used this for my cross training until the end of March, the same time my friend completed her 60 days of Insanity. Since then, my schedule’s been pretty busy. Traveling, vacations, etc. Not much time to cross train, but thankfully I happened to walk around a lot on my cross training days, so I ended up using walking for cross training.

Fast forward to the end of week 14. I had a free Saturday and was supposed to cross train. I missed my dates with Shaun T, so I decided to do a session of Insanity. 

I have always considered myself a little insane when it comes to training, but this was just dumb. My sister says I’m walking like an old man and I can’t argue with her. I think I need to stick with walking for my cross training.

Sorry Shaun T, as much as I love you. We will have to wait to be reunited until after my marathon. Much love to you and Josh.