Sunday Sweats 48: YTT Week 2 + Ashenfelter Classic 8k
|We registered within a day of each other. No way 2,200 people registered between us! #weird|
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.
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!
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.