Sunday Sweats 18
Monday: 3.04 mile run (10:00 pace) + arm balance & handstand practice (37 min)
I barely slept this weekend, and my body wanted to play catch-up this morning. No a.m. yoga for me, and it's crazy how much of a difference it makes in how I feel throughout the morning, especially on a Monday.
This pace was brought to you by tired legs (after yesterday's 8-miler, but if I didn't run today I would have missed a run this week and I didn't want to break this good streak) and, shocker, wind. I thought March was supposed to come in like a lion, go out like a lamb? Still quite lion-esque here every damn day. Anyway other than the resistance this run was good, and my legs and hip felt good.
I topped off the run with a video I found for arm balances. It was okay, but I probably won't repeat it—I like Erin's Crow + Flow better if the main event is going to be crow pose. After that, I spent another 15 or so working on handstand and found this really, really helpful video from Kino, in case you're working on your handstand too. I caught the balance a few times, yay!
Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 min)
Another fun class with plenty of advanced modifications like bird of paradise and more than enough inversions. I love this class and my teacher Donna, in case that wasn't already clear.
Wednesday: morning twists (7 min) 4 mile run (10:02 pace)
This morning was atypical, but I managed to get in a few minutes of split stretches, sweet spinal twists and cat/cows. Even 7 minutes counts if it's all you can manage!
I had another sleepless night and this pace was definitely reflective of whole body fatigue. My calves could have used some love before I set out too, and I took a new hill because apparently today I'm playing the role of masochist. Luckily it wasn't bad enough to stop me, just slow me down a bit.
Thursday: 3.01 mile run (8:52 pace)
Well, I finally slept!...right through my first couple alarms. Not hating it because I needed the 9 hours I got, even if it did mean missing a morning on the mat. It's an exception of a week.
On this run, I found my new uphill/windy mantra: "This is making you better. This very moment is making you stronger." My god parts of this run sucked but I was beaming by the end, even after spending the whole second half going straight into wind. Splits were 8:45 / 9:02 / 8:52.
Friday: slow flow yoga (16 min)
Finally got myself together for a good morning practice. Ahhhh. :)
Someone convinced me I was 22 last night and I acted like it was the case so...today was a rest day.
Sunday: deep stretch yoga (20 min) + 10.01 mile run (10:12 pace)
I do believe there is no better pre-run stretch than downward facing dog. I warmed up with an on-the-fly deep stretching sequence—think lots of sun salutations, lunging and warrior sequences, and twists.
Okay does anyone even believe me when I run sub-9 miles anymore? To be honest, I'm not upset about this pace, not at this distance, not on a day like this. One, it was really warm, but that's not the problem. My first 4 miles were ~9:30 pace, and then at my first turnaround, I realized the wind I didn't really notice in miles 1-4 was in full force for my next 4 miles. I tossed in some extra hills for added torture and my pace bumped up to ~10:15. Then after my next turnaround, my weekend of debauchery caught up with me and I took a ~.1 mile walk. I picked it back up, took it slow, and forced a 9:48 (uphill) mile out for the last one. Whew. It was a fun run though, despite how challenging it was in parts.
Running: 4 // 20.06 miles
Yoga: 5 // 155 minutes
+ Not really enough yoga this week, but it happens. Like I said, this week was an exception in quite a few ways for me.
+ I don't remember any time in my past year and a half of running when it has been so windy so much of the time. It's obviously a sign of Armageddon.
+ Speed! I have it sometimes!
+ Finding a new running/hill mantra was clutch to making it through a few miles this week. I'll be using that one a lot, I think.
+ I'm exactly two weeks from the next half and really pumped for it. I'm sort of starting to taper this week; my mileage isn't dropping but I'll cut down to 3 runs this week and I have a 12-miler scheduled for the last long run next weekend before race day.
+ Speaking of next race, I bought my race day shirt! From the boys section at Target. $8. Score.