Sunday Sweats 48: YTT Week 2 + Ashenfelter Classic 8k

November 23–28
We registered within a day of each other. No way 2,200 people registered between us! #weird
Monday: 4.04 mile run (9:30 pace)
Not quite sure where my speed went, but my whole body was pretty achy from yesterday (first day of YTT) and I had a podcast in, rather than music. It was also the coldest it's been since last winter, my first truly cold run at about 37º and a bit of a breeze. Nothing hurt, which was good, but I finished up feeling as if I'd worked a little harder than I normally would have to for that pace.

Tuesday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
I really wanted to get one last pre-race run in today, but the short week is killing me work-wise this week and I had to skip it. Managed to make it to Donna's class tonight and definitely worked out some of the stress that was sitting in my hamstrings.

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: Ashenfelter Classic 8k Turkey Trot (8:47 pace)
Today was my first small, local race in about a year and a half and my first race post-marathon! I'd been looking for a Turkey Trot 5k or 10k for this year when my old friend suggested this one, so he and his sister and I signed up and I was really looking forward to it! The organization of this race was great; my local Fleet Feet run shop is one of the sponsors. Almost all the sponsors are the same as another local race I LOVED last year, the Lager Run 5k where I PR'ed like crazy. Runners received a pretty nice long sleeve New Balance tech shirt that definitely has a spot in my rotation—New Balance makes a great race shirt.

The course was pretty and friendly, with tons of families outside ringing bells, waving signs, holding up hands for high fives. It was all through a neighborhood I don't run in but know a bit, so no big surprises. Elevation was pretty much what I'm used to without really anything I would consider "hills"—just not pancake flatness. There were a LOT more runners than I thought there would be, which was my mistake because I know this is the goal race for some local training groups and this race is in its 16th year.

Overall it was a really perfect way to start the holiday, and I had a lot of fun and will be back next year. My watch measured 5.03 miles (8k = 4.97) which I think makes this the closest my watch has ever been to a course distance. My goal for this race had been 45-47 minutes, with my actual goal being sub-45. I crossed the finish line at watch time 44:10, gun time 44:49, no official chip time. So a personal win anyway you slice it! Splits: 8:39, 8:38, 8:49, 8:54, 8:57

Friday: rest and travel
I meant to take a yoga class tonight but I really woke up on the wrong side of the bed and driving home from my mom's drained my last bit of energy. Lazy day of "recovery," I guess.

Saturday: 2.56 mile run (9:20 pace)
I once had dreams for a nice long run today, but it wasn't gonna happen. It was rainy and foggy and the air was thick, heavy, and cold. It wasn't cold enough for me to wear an ear warmer but my inner ear was KILLING me from the temperature and wind—have to get used to that for the season. I've been eating like crap so a side stitch kicked in early and wouldn't let up. I just wasn't having fun and had other things I wanted to do so I packed it in.

Sunday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
After only two weeks, I'm in absolute love with Kelly's Sunday morning class. It's interesting and dynamic and challenging but not in a way that's discouraging. I was able to reach a pose today that, just last week, wasn't quite there. I love that it's unpredictable and really incorporates so many different types of poses but I never feel lost, because she's just such a great teacher. I want to be her when I grow up!

Weekly Totals
Running: 11.63 miles
Yoga: 150 minutes

Yoga Teacher Training Week 2 Reflections:
I loved training so much today too. Even with the 15 or so Sun Salutations in rapid succession as we all taught Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. I'm starting to get to understand what are going to be my challenges as a teacher, and already taking notes on how to adjust for them.
I really connected with a lot of what we discussed today, which focused mostly around the eight limbs of yoga. Most people are familiar with the third and fourth and understand Western yoga to be solely them: asana (postures) and pranayama (breath/life force). I've known about the other six limbs, of course, but not intimately and couldn't name them all in Sanskrit or describe them in English. I'm glad we dove into them so early in training and am looking forward to making them all more a part of my consciousness.

Comments

  1. Well done with the runs and yoga training. Glad you are enjoying it, I know you'll be a great teacher.

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  2. Nice work this week! I like doing weird race distances sometimes because then you get an automatic PR! I don't think I've ever done an 8k before, sounds like fun!

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  3. You are going to be the best teacher ever! I think it's time you moved to Amsterdam so you can teach here and I can be your student. Yes? Okay!

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  4. I'm pretty sure my non-work wardrobe has becoming leggings and race shirts. I love hearing about YTT ! And congrats on your Turkey Trot !

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  5. i've always thought the way they did numbers super weird. maybe it's alphabetical order?
    i swear, all winter, i feel like i'm pushing normal or hard, but i'm slower than ever. so weird. must be the layers. that's what i'm blaming it on haha.
    love hearing about what you are learning in your training (i didn't know they were called limbs, interesting!) and how you're already seeing what will challenge you as a teacher. and DAMN GIRL go you on that turkey trot. high fives all around!

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  6. Sounds like the Turkey Trot went wonderfully! It also sounds like yoga has been amazing! I was unaware of the eight limbs of yoga -- I am going to have to look that up!

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  7. Yeah I was thinking alphabetical order for the bibs? Unless your friend is also at the beginning of the alphabet, then....I got nothin'. Great job beating your goal and getting in all those sub-9 miles!
    I love love love hearing about YTT! What an amazing opportunity to learn even more about something you're already so passionate and knowledgable about. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  8. So yeah when you complete that yoga teaching course, youre going to have to come teach me. I mean it!

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  9. Awesome job with your running and yoga goals!! You are very inspiring :)

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