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SO MUCH ENERGY!

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Good morning lovelies. I would like to start of by saying that I feel great! I finished week six of C25k today (22 minutes running, no walking) and it was wonderful. It didn’t start off wonderfully. It started off with me whining about it being too long to run. Then I got into my groove (and had a lovely husband at my side cheering me on!) and things started to fall into place.

There was also one major difference today.

I went to the gym and did a lovely yoga practice with some of the sweetest teachers. They were a husband and wife who taught a free class at the base gym. (The wife reminded me so much of my Oma that I had to double take to make sure that it wasn’t her.) It was a fairly relaxed session with some tai chi thrown in. My muscles still felt stretched from that so today there were no muscle pains during my run. It was almost miraculous. I have told you before that I usually come home with very sore calves, knees, and an ankle or two, but today I feel like I could take on the world. I did some light (or not so light) yoga poses as a cool down when we got home, then proceeded to do pushups, flutter kicks, planks, and oblique crunches. I feel so light and full of energy. Yoga not only makes me feel better, but it aids in my running making me better, stronger, and faster. Let me tell you I am pretty excited about the future of this relationship between my running practice and my yoga practice.

If you are thinking about  taking up running or yoga please let me urge you to do it! Do your research first to make sure that you don’t have any injuries or trouble areas that could become something serious. But taking that first step is a big deal. Your body will thank you!

 

Someday I will be able to do this pose. Until then- namaste and keep running!

 

Lydia

Yoga and Running. The perfect marriage.

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(photo credit- Tumblr.com)

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

 

My mama told me there’d be days like this.

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I am in pain. I am tired. I am windburned. Lets just say today didn’t go so entirely well!

After my lovely injured weekend I woke this morning at my usual 7 am time. Although this morning I didn’t get out of bed. I lay there for another hour trying to find the motivation to move my lazy bum. I finally found that motivation in smelling the coffee my husband made and in wanting breakfast so badly! I pulled on my running clothes so that I would have no excuse to get back into bed and went downstairs.

After a nice breakfast of oatmeal and coffee (fiber of CHAMPIONS!) I skyped my sister for a few minutes to let my food digest. Then I embarked on my run.

Let me just narrate my thoughts on this particular run. I believe I will get the point across easier.

*walking* I’m cold. Why is the wind blowing? Its so cold….I’m cold and tired.

*running* This isn’t terrible. OH WAIT….there it is. Who is punching me in the stomach? Who are you and what do you want?

*walking again* Ow…ow….ow….. (weeping and gnashing of teeth ensues)

*running* I WANT TO DIE. SOMEONE CALL AND AMBULANCE. I think I am experiencing cardiac arrest! 

*running* Ok you big baby, pick up the pace (starts running faster….almost sprains other ankle….slows down) run….just listen to Daft Punk….they are telling you Harder, Better, faster, STronger. DO IT!

*cool down walk* ooooooo pretty flowers. I love breathing again. 

So that was pretty much my experience today. On my cooldown the sun came out from behind the fog, the flowers were blooming, and the dogs were barking at me as if to say “Hey you….give us food.” It got better. It also feels better to know that I can pick up my pace. I was averaging 6 minutes per mile before my cool down went and busted up my average.

Stretching also felt nice today. I threw in a couple Sun Salutations from yoga and let me tell you. Downward Dog is AMAZING for stretching your calves.

All in all I feel good that I went. I will feel even better after a few cups of tea and a back rub. =-)

In other news here are the before pictures your were promised. I apologize that they are blurry. They were taken on a phone.

 

I am learning that its not about how you feel in the morning. Its about pushing yourself to do something you didn’t think you could and feeling better after its over.

 

-Lydia

Merely a flesh wound!

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Friday I had an amazing run. It was the kind of run that we strive for. It was mind clearing, exhilarating, and it gave me the runners high I have never experienced. Friday night I got a little depressed and begged Brett to go on a nice calming walk. Good idea right? WRONG! Not three steps down the driveway my ankle gave out, rolled all the way right, and caused me to fall down in pain. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t realize that I was going have an injury on the second day.

Brett immediately carried me inside (my big strong hero!!!) to prop up and ice my ankle. I spent Saturday hobbling around, and Sunday only doing slightly better than that. Today I woke up with only minor bruising and pain. I took a short walk and did some yoga so as not to exasperate the injury any more than I have to.

It is only a minor setback as I will be picking up day 3 of c25k tomorrow! Also, tomorrow there will be pictures of my before form for just another way to share my journey with you. I have found through doing Nanowrimo (nanowrimo.org if you don’t know what it is I seriously recommend you check it out) that when I share my progress with the world the encouragement I receive and the fear of failing those I love keeps me on track.

I hope you had an amazing exercise filled day. I am off to make more Kale chips and finish that cup of green tea that has been calling my name!!

 

-Lydia