I’ve been away from blogging for a little while – did you miss me? I’ve been busy – between wedding stuff, honeymoon, race support & now staycation time! Here’s a potpurri of some things that have been going through my mind to share with you all:
The big day went great, and I’m so grateful for all of the love and support shown by our friends and family throughout the wedding weekend (and months leading up to it)! A few links to share with you:
- Pre-wedding, I got in ~ 3 runs that week, one of which was a 9 miler by surprise! I just kept running and running, and didn’t need to get back for anything. I wish I had taken some Gu or ShotBlocks though.
- During this almost 10-miler, I composed a blog post in my head, and meant to write it out sometime less than 2 weeks before that run. The post would have been titled “I’m ready for professional running.” It was such a beautiful day out, the sun was shining, and I was spontaneously on a long run when I’d initially planned for a quick 3 or 4 miler. Bring it on, Kara.
- I did 3 runs in Tuscon (our honeymoon spot) and they were hard! I figured out a few days in that there are a few key differences between CHicago & Tuscon:
- Heat – 90 degrees v/s 50s that Chi-town had been getting,
- Hills – my workouts were on trail or road that happened to be situated on hills, oops I mean the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains,
- Elevation – Tuscon is situated at ~2000 ft elevation, compared to our 579 ft. While Tuscon’s not the highest spot in the US, I have been known to experience issues at elevation and this trip seemed no different. I feel “off” for a few days, feel pretty bad around day 4, and then great from 5-6 onward. (Oh wait, the honeymoon was 6 days long)
- I’ve gone to some yoga classes – 3 so far, but there’s potentially time for some more! We’ll see! I did think I’d be ready for Yoga Teacher Training after these two weeks tho.
Honeymoon / Staycation:
- Honeymoon was in Tuscon AZ – if you didn’t figure that out before. We selected it as the new “hipster” honeymoon spot.
- Mike also happened to compete in the US Paraduathlon National Championship Event. They conveniently scheduled it during the honeymoon so we wouldn’t have to travel somewhere else.
- We also enjoyed the pool at the resort we stayed at, and ate some really great Mexican, Tex-Mex, Native American & Contemporary American cuisines while we were there.
- Staycation has been going on before & after honeymoon. I’ve been catching up on rest, reading, completing errands that fell by the wayside when Hurricane Wedding arrived. I’ve also been able to work out most days during Staycation, and not feel like a crazy lady combining work/workout/extracurriculars/food/blogging all in a single day.
- I have been enjoying cooking during the past few days – I made some Cheesy Quinoa Fritters yesterday, pasta & a peanut butter cake today. More meal prepping has been going on as well!
Well, that’s all for now! Good night!
Monday I met up with Kim, a fellow blogger, for some yoga class! We’ve been meaning to go to a yoga class together since the Snowmaggedon in February, and our schedules finally synced up! We met up a little before class, and then grabbed a drink afterward before parting our separate ways. One thing I had found interesting is that we both enjoy yoga (and running!) but practice in different ways. I have trouble practicing at home and pretty much only do yoga at a studio, while Kim’s yoga habit is based primarily on a home practice.
We took a hot Vinyasa yoga class at Om on the Range, which kicked my butt, to say the least. I got a little banged up (i.e. skinned my knee) on Sunday, so any position where you’re kneeling was a little painful. And that’s not counting the “good sore” I’m now feeling in my back and arms… hm, I didn’t fall on those body parts too!
I know that yoga is so good for runners (and bloggers too – it clears your mind!). It’s a great compliment to the pounding, and helps me to strengthen my arms & back in ways that I have not been able to do from running.
My favorite yoga poses:
- Downward Dog – doing this in the Chautauranga series incorporates flow & movement, and makes it that much more challenging!
- Gorilla Pose – mostly for the name
- Eagle Pose – a balancing act
- Pigeon pose – a great stretch of some gluteal muscles
- Bow pose and a standing bow pose, but I can’t remember the name of it.
- Happy Baby Pose
I found most of the yoga poses on Yoga Journal and think I’ll be browsing through there some more. I want to try Extended Puppy Pose! That sounds like a good one to me!
Do you do yoga too? Do you practice at a studio or at home (or both)? What’s your favorite pose?
I haven’t been as consistent about my running over the last two weeks. One trip, two weddings, and only about 3 runs during that time. It’s been a nice rest after the “relatively” strenous running routine I had earlier this summer. (For me, 4-5 days a week of running is more than I can reasonably handle on a regular basis.) So I’ve been taking some of this time off to rest, let my feet recover (and recover after wearing heels as required in some of the weddings!), and begin to think through my training plan for the fall & winter.
What am I envisioning? Well, for starters I do have some races to train for. Here’s the snapshot:
*Bucktown 5K – Oct 3
*Hot Chocolate 15 K – Nov 6
*Las Vegas R’n’R Half Marathon – Dec 5
*Disney Princess Half – Feb 27, 2011
I certainly need to keep up my running, but I’d also like to explore other workouts as well:
*triathlon training – I need to continue bicycling, and practice swimming.
*Yoga – I put my Bikram Yoga practices on hold when running season started up. I’d like to get back into it — it’s a great workout and helps with strength & flexibility.
*30 Day Shred – I got this workout video, have used it sporadically, and I’d really like to commit myself to doing this for a month — but not at the expense of running.
*Cross-Fit -I’ve heard about this gym workout and there’s one near where I live. I’d like to see what it’s like and maybe start attending.
I clearly have a lot of different ideas on things I’d like to do, and I’m trying to figure out how I can balance all of this in different ways. Today I went to Bikram Yoga, a 90 minute yoga practice in a 105-degree room. It doesn’t sound pretty, but for me, it helps me to focus as well as to develop strength in certain areas that I might not otherwise be focused on strengthening (such as my back!). And the stretching that is inherent with yoga doesn’t hurt, either.
Right now I’m thinking that I may want to plan 3 days of running, 1 yoga day, and 1 “wildcard” workout day that would switch up over time.
What are some different work-out planning strategies that you’ve got? How have you balanced multiple interests and priorities?