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Yoga and Running. The perfect marriage.

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I would like to start by apologizing for neglecting the blog. I know you all have been waiting with bated breath to hear about my newest exploits into the world of fitness. The biggest reason I haven’t written is because I have been applying and waiting for some news on things I will announce today. The other reason is because I tried hot yoga for the first time this weekend and it hurt.

First, the big announcement. I have been given the green light on funding and entrance into yoga teacher training this summer. I will complete a 200 hour course that will certify me to teach power yoga! I am extremely excited. I have been doing yoga for many years and have looked into various teacher training programs, but they were always too far away (like in Bali…) or too expensive. This one just fell into my lap. I was emailed by the employment office on base (I receive their emails because I am job hunting….yay) about a teacher training course that (if you qualify) the military will pay for. I am so glad I found it now because if I had even applied next year we wouldn’t have qualified (it required O-2 and below.) I start on June 7th, and am more than thrilled.

Second, the exercises. I have completed c25k week 6 days one and two this week. As well as several sessions of power yoga (one hot one sculpt, with weights.) If you have never participated in hot yoga you will find it exhausting….I know I did. But afterward, you feel so fresh, so revived, like all the toxins are out of your body and you get to start over. It was the perfect way to start my week. I also got to be taught by the woman who will be the head of teacher training. She was WONDERFUL! So energetic and fun. It will be a joy to be trained by her.

As for my two days of running. The first I did with Brett. We went trail running on a path he found near our house. It ended up taking us just over an hour to run 5k, and I whined the entire way. It was horribly embarrassing. After two yoga sessions in one day I was incredibly sore, so my running was a bit stunted. I am getting back into it. Today went quite well, and I look forward to yoga tonight and tomorrow, with some running thrown in on Sunday.

Hopefully you wont get too annoyed when this blog starts transforming from my running journey to my journey into yoga teaching. I will keep running, but yoga will start to be my main focus. Also, come Sept I will be so busy with finishing school on time that I will truly have to work to fit in my work outs.

Do you have any tips on how to balance work, school, family, and fitness?

Namaste

Lydia

 

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These are a few of my favorite things.

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C25k week 5 complete! The significance of this is HUGE! Today was the day where you jump out of your comfort zone of walking breaks. Today I ran 20 minutes straight….NO WALKING! I did it incredibly slowly, but I did it. And my friends that is all that counts.

I promised you a lovely talk on nutrition today. So, here it goes. (Disclaimer: I am in no way a dietician, nutritionist, or health expert. I have however logged considerable hours in research in preparation for a more healthly lifestyle. ) I mainly wanted to share with you my findings. I have discovered some of the best foods for staying healthly, keeping up energy, and feeling great.

One of the best foods I now rave about and eat almost every day is Oatmeal. I vary from steel cut to instant. I sometimes put berries and milk, honey and almonds, or a little sugar and plumbs. Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that gives you energy that will sustain you throughout a longer run, keeping you full longer. I try to stay away from most oatmeal bars unless I have checked them because they are FULL OF SUGAR!

Another of my new favorite foods is almonds. Almonds are pretty much the perfect snack. They have good fats, phytochemicals, vitamin E, and some contain a lovely little thing called rhizveritrol which is an anti-inflammatory. They have been known to decrease the risk of heart attacks, lower cholesterol, and prevent cancer. They are a wonderfood. Also, they are delicious. Just make sure you get the unsalted kind or you may be adding more sodium than you think to your diet.

The last food I am going to talk about today is Spinach. Now I am no popeye but I have always loved my spinach. I have been eating the canned stuff since I was a little girl. But only recently have I discovered the plain raw spinach. In addition to it having almost zero calories (yes I said ZERO) it is packed full of zinc, vitamins A C and K, Calcium, magnesium, and (my favorite) FIBER! ( You may not think that constipation is a big deal now, but when it hits you bad on a long road trip you are going to wish you had more fiber in your diet. ) (ps: Oatmeal is also full of fiber!) I throw spinach in everything from a morning omlette, chicken soup, to my lunchtime salad. Dress it up with a little homemade vinaigrette and some strawberries and you cannot go wrong. Just make sure you wash it very well. Spinach is grown underground so it is chock full of dirt. May I recommend a salad spinner?

I hope that gives you some good ideas for additions to your favorite meals. Some simple additions can give you great health benifits.

 

What are your favorite running foods?

-Lydia