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Progress?

23 Jan

I know that it hasn’t been that long, but what is it in us that expects to see a little improvement after two weeks at a new exercise regime?

I’ve been sore the following two days after seeing my trainer and I’ve made an improvement on eating well.

I recently saw this on Pinterest and it got me thinking that I have to be more patient! I’m now marking my calendar by the weeks noted above and won’t expect anything until 12 weeks have passed. That’s not too long – it’s only until the week of March 26th…

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Do you ever expect something more because you’ve been working hard?

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Early Morning Yoga

16 Jan

In an effort to improve by strength and balance I’ve started taking a twice weekly a.m. yoga class.

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On Monday’s it’s a mix between pilates and yoga, and on Wednesday’s it’s a yoga flow class. Even though I have to wake up earlier than I’d like mid-week, I love the class.

 

There is nothing like bringing calm to your morning and everyone is so welcoming and kind. I really feel like these classes are a big step in the right direction for me.

 

What are you doing to help yourself this week?

A Big Change

13 Jan

So I haven’t posted in the past few days and there’s a reason: every time I move my arms to lift my laptop they scream out in pain.

On Tuesday I had my first session with a personal trainer and while it was awesome – it seriously kicked my butt. I’ve been the gal who looks funny walking up the stairs, and the one who braces herself against the wall while trying to gently lower her self into her desk chair.

I made the decision to go see a personal trainer after taking a long hard look at where I was physically and where I wanted to be; there was quite the discrepancy. As some of you know, I injured my hip in the fall and took two months off and couldn’t really do much at all besides physical therapy moves. As January rolled around I tried to gently re-introduce running via Couch 2 5k, but my hip started acting up again.

So last week I made the decision to call a trainer who works with some other gals I know and we met on Saturday to talk. What I love is that she has had hip problems herself, got through them, and is an Ironman triathlete! While my workouts are whole-body, the main goal is to get myself back into running form for the summer so I can train for the fall race season. Yes, I am going to take off the spring season. At first the decision made me sad but now I am seeing that it is for the best. I’m really working on core strength, stability, and balance.

Bringing us back to this week, I went to the trainer on Tuesday and my butt was thoroughly kicked. I went to yoga on Wednesday morning and then my trainer called and said that she had an opening on Wednesday evening and wanted me to partner up with one of her long-time clients. I decided I would do anything to get back to where I used to be physically so I said yes and went on Wednesday as well.

That meant that yesterday it was way easier for me to bend at the waist than to bend my legs, lifting my arms caused me to cringe, and my behind constantly felt like it was clenched. I seriously didn’t know if my legs would let me go up the stairs to my office nor did I know if I could ever get out of my bed once I got in.

For the first time in the past three months I feel calm. I have a plan, a coach, and can see myself progressing. Running isn’t in my cards just yet, but I feel that once I am physically stronger I will be an even better runner. In the mean time I will be working out via TRX and Pilates with the trainer accompanied with spin and yoga classes to round out my workouts. I am optimistic that come May I will be able to start running again to prepare for my favorite race on the hard packed sands of the California coastline!

Time to Run!

5 Jan

With all of the new year resolution-ers at the gym after work, I thought I would wake up early to get my run in before work! But wow, was it ever hard to wake up early this morning!

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I love that so many people in my area have decided to take the first steps towards getting healthier, but I just wish that there were more machines than people at my mega-gym. Even with about 40 treadmills, each one will be filled between the hours of 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

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I obviously need some help waking up in the morning – what are your suggestions?

Do you ever have a hard time getting up to work out in the a.m.? What helps motivate you to get your run in early?


Back in California!

3 Jan

I had an amazing time in Seattle! From running around Green Lake Park

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to sipping coffee at Ballard’s Bastille Cafe & Bar, I had a fabulous new year in the greater Seattle area!

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But alas, it’s now back to the grindstone at work. I am still thinking about meaningful resolutions and I am currently reading up on different ways to improve my running. Below are a selection of books I am currently looking at to figure out how to approach making my running resolutions. A full review of each book will be done eventually.

Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program

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Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running: How to Fix Injuries, Stay Active, and Run Pain-Free

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The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time

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What resources do you turn to to improve your running? Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?

Running Resolutions

2 Jan

I was reading the Runner’s World article on Running Resolutions and it got me thinking: what am I going to do differently this year to reach my goals?

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As some of you know, I got injured last fall and was out for the entire month of November. I had to miss two races and life kind of sucked. I was working towards getting faster, and had no way of telling if my hard work paid off. My hip wasn’t letting me do anything besides physical therapy moves… even sitting hurt 😦

But this year I really want to make it happen, I want to improve my speed and endurance, but not overtrain like I did last season.

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So while the means to the ends are not set in stone yet, I can promise you (and myself) that there will be more cross training, core work, and balance to my running regieme. This week I will be thinking a lot about how I plan on beating my half marathon PR in the spring and I’ll keep you posted!

What are your running (or other) resolutions?

Twitter Road Race!!

23 Dec

If you are looking for a fun running event but there aren’t any in your area, why don’t you try this  really fun way to race against your virtual friends! 

Sign up at http://www.dougcassaro.com/p/twitter-road-race.html for the Inaugural Twitter Road Race on January 21st, 2012. ! Since it is a virtual race, all you have to do is go run a 5k as fast as you can, come  home and Tweet your times with the hashtag #TwitterRoadRace.

 

Are you going to run the Twitter Road Race? If not, what races do you have planned for January?