Sunday Sweats 47: YTT Week 1

November 16–22

It's here! It's finally here! I started yoga teacher training (YTT) today, a venture I've been wanting to take on since college and have been anxiously awaiting since I (finally!) reserved my place in this training back in the spring. I can't believe I put it off for so long, but I know why I did: it's a huge time commitment. My session is all day Sundays from now through March. Even still, I'm so glad it's finally here and I can't wait to give half my weekend over to this training for the next several months.
Monday: rest
Read: lazy. Also, just got back from another weekend away (had a great time in Richmond, and I may or may not already be signed up for the 2016 half marathon there...a year from now) and had lots and lots of catching up to do. But mostly, lazy.

Tuesday: 3.12 mile run (8:22 pace) + studio yoga class (75 minutes)
Oh boy. So there's a Thanksgiving 8k I'm running next week, and though it's not a big race, I do have a goal: finish around 45 minutes, which means 9:00/mile (but ideally, I'd go a bit quicker). I've run a few 5-mile training runs below that pace, so I knew I could eke out a few sub-9 miles today. I told myself I'd go out for a race pace 5k. I knew I started fast and didn't want to look at my watch till I hit the first mile chime and when I did, I was utterly shocked: 8:04. That is undeniably the fastest mile I've ever run, by about 15 seconds. Confession: I had to stop and catch my breath a bit. I didn't even mean to run that fast, and I was definitely paying for it.

I started back up and told myself to slow down, just looking for an 8:50-something mile. I just couldn't slow my body down though, and I chimed in at 8:26. I don't know why. I paid for it all in mile 3 (where I faced the uphill that was so generous to me going down in mile 1, and the headwind that was a tailwind on my speedy way out) at 8:39, which is still incredibly fast for me. Even though these speedy miles didn't come without catch-my-breath breaks in between, I'm still shocked. For the record, today's weather: 46º and brilliantly sunny.

Wednesday: meh
I overextended my hamstrings a bit in class yesterday so I passed on running today. The real sweat-related highlight came via UPS in the evening: my books for YTT arrived! It's real! It's happening! It's so close!

Thursday: 3.65 mile run (9:35 pace)
Gross. I just wasn't feeling it the whole time. I wanted to go for about 6 miles, but I was less than .1 mile in when I suddenly started needing to pee (WHY does this always happen out of the blue?) and so I rerouted to a park...that apparently no longer has public bathrooms. By then it was raining hard and pretty windy, and that plus the humidity (#rage) made breathing more challenging than I was up for today, so I packed it in.

Friday: quick start flow (20 minutes)
This is embarrassing to admit, but I could barely focus during this quick (and great) practice because the rug I recently laid back down keeps buckling and no matter what I do I can't get rid of the ripples and it's driving me crazy. Apparently I need way more yoga.

Saturday: rest
I thought about running today, but opted for a movie marathon instead. I feel the winter setting in. I'm hoping that by giving myself a free pass this week I won't feel tempted to phone it in too much in the coming weeks.

Sunday: studio yoga class (75 minutes) + YTT Day 1
Started the day and YTT with a hot class with Kelly, my YTT instructor. I never take hot classes because I find the added heat pointless, but I've known for months this was required—it is a hot studio (except Donna's class) after all. Class was difficult but so rewarding, very creative, and PACKED. I may have sweat more this morning than I did while running the marathon.

Weekly Totals
Running: 6.77 miles
Yoga: 170 minutes

Yoga Teacher Training Week 1 Reflections:
I don't even know where to start. I'm just so, so happy today finally arrived! After class we went over the curriculum and looked ahead to what's coming for the next few months. I can't wait to get into all of it. We talked about some things I was familiar with, like pranayama, ujjayi breathing, bandhas, and explored them deeper in depth. We ran through Sun Salutation A (if you practice yoga, you know it—it's essentially your vinyasa flow sequence) about 100 times discussing alignment, breath cues, and each of us led and cued a Sun A. There are seven of us in class, and it's interesting to see how such different people of different ages, lifestyles, experience levels, and backgrounds got to this training and what we're going to go through together in the coming months.

I honestly don't know how I'm saying this again already, but the last Tuesday of the month is right around the corner. Come check in with Tracy and me for the second to last Training for Tuesday of 2015! Now's the perfect time to check in on your goals for the year, start looking ahead to what you'll work on in 2016, and share your inspiring stories with the class once again. We can't wait to hear about your training! Grab a button, get the 411 here, and we'll see you in a few days.


  1. Yay! You're finally doing it! So cool!!!! I've lost my mojo over the past few months and need to get back into yoga and running especially. Thanks for the motivation!!

  2. I am so excited for you starting your yoga training! That is beyond awesome and I cannot wait to hear more about it! Yay!

  3. I feel like with yoga training on Sunday's you'll pack in your fair share of yoga for the week :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Yay YTT! It's here!!!! I'm so excited for you to officially begin this chapter. You are just...DOING IT, all of it. You go!

  5. Hooray! Bye Sundays but hello YTT! I'm always cheering you on whether it's a running marathon, a movie marathon or anything in between!

  6. i wish i could like... convey my feelings right now. but i can't. no words. so happy for you, like literally beaming right now. yay for becoming a teacher! i'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about it as the journey continues.
    wow, fast runner! good luck with your thanksgiving run! you can do it :)

  7. So glad you're loving YTT! I mean, of course you would, it's like being back in school but way better!


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