Sunday Sweats 56: YTT Week 9
I took Holly's class for the first time tonight, since she usually teaches Sunday mornings while I'm in Kelly's class at the other studio, or she teaches during the week in our other studio a lot farther away. (My studio has like 8 locations in NJ.) Anyway, I LOVED her class so much! Challenging in a really unique way, and she had a great way of describing transitions and alignment. Hope to be able to take her class again sometime soon!
Tuesday: 4.07 mile run (9:25 pace) + studio yoga class (75 minutes)
First actual winter run since...last winter. 25º, some snow on the ground (we just got a covering the other night), and GUSTS about 18 mph. I lost some speed in the back half thanks to uphills + big gusts, and all throughout by having to dance around ice patches. (PEOPLE. Salt your sidewalks!) My knee was taped and pretty much a non-issue, right up until the last ~.1 where I was jetting down hill and definitely overextending.
And in the best news, tonight I took my friend to Donna's class for her first EVER yoga experience! You know I love Donna anyway, but she is the best teacher for a newcomer to yoga because a) her class isn't heated and b) she focuses a LOT on alignment and brings you to the very foundational pose placement first to ensure stability before expanding into challenging modifications. We both had a great time and I think I may have converted another one :)
Wednesday: accidental rest
My schedule kind of got away from me today, and I thought about taking a class but decided against it because I didn't want to sweat on my new haircut and blowout just yet. I know, I'm ridiculous. I meant to do a video before bed but I ended up redoing my writing portfolio for two hours instead...
Thursday: 3.11 mile run (9:18 pace) + studio yoga class (75 minutes)
This run was just...fine. I didn't feel especially strong or terribly mighty, but I wasn't suffering and I might have even really loved it if it weren't for the freezing wind in my ear holes. Those "OH MY GOD I LOVE RUNNING" moments really don't happen all that much in sub-40 temps, so a middle-of-the-road day like today, where I feel grateful for these legs and mindful of my body and aware of what I'm able to do with it, is what I consider a January success.
I took another new teacher's class for the first time, Alexa. Her sequencing was interesting, but there was something about her teaching style that just didn't really warm me to her. She certainly wasn't bad, but I think I prefer taking classes with teachers I feel like I could have coffee with, and I didn't get that tonight. Didn't take away from the great and intense sweat session I got though!
Friday: 6.21 mile run (9:22 pace)
I realized this was my longest run in quite a few months. I was in a weird pattern of "okay, you just ran a marathon, give your body some rest" and then "okay, you're inexplicably injured, let your body heal" and now I'm (hopefully) back in a more normal state and gearing up for next races. Today was COLD, but with the impending storm I'm not confident I'll be able to run at all again for a few days so I had to get out there. I went for a 3-mile out and back, and the way out I had freezing wind really crashing into my face and chest. I had to take a one-minute walk near the end of mile 3 just to feel like I could catch my breath. The way back was gentler, both because of the tailwind and because my favorite place to be is past mile 4. Something happens when I cross that line and it feels like my best strides are just waiting for me there on the other side of mile 4.
In case you didn't hear, the east coast got hit with a massive snowstorm this weekend. By the time I woke up today we had about a foot or so already, and then it kept on going all day. By dusk there was well over 2 feet on the ground. No studio classes and no running, obviously. I did give this side crow video with Erin + Bad Yogi a whirl, after four minutes of flowing by myself proved I was too lazy to put a sequence together myself today. I have a pretty good grasp of side crow, so I took the opportunity to play with some other arm balances while she was explaining the foundations of the pose. Because trying to shovel out my car with an ice scraper (yes, I'm serious) didn't prove to be enough arm work for me today.
Sunday: YTT Week 9 (60 minutes)
Our morning class was cancelled due to the snow, but we managed to get together for training this afternoon. We went all over backbends, hip openers, twists, and binds today, in preparation for our next in-class teaching session next week. I'm pretty back bendy, so Kelly had me demoing and trying out all sorts of different variations for the sake of learning. So fun :)
Running: 13.39 miles
Yoga: 305 minutes