Hey friends! Another weekend has come and gone. I think it felt like it went by even faster than normal since I was busy, busy, busy each day.
Saturday morning I met Joanne for another predawn long run. I had looked at the forecast the night before and saw that it was only going to be 30° when we took off. Great. I’m so not ready for this especially since a week ago we were running in t-shirts and shorts. Thirty degrees is cold. Normally I would wear my running tights if it was January and that temp. But I refuse to wear them this early. I can’t do it. So the stubborn runner that I am, I wore my lululemon crops. If a 1/4 of my legs were cold and exposed, oh well. I’d deal with it!
As I stepped out of my house in the morning, I noticed there was frost on the grass and cars. In fact, I thought I saw a snowflake. Thankfully, it wasn’t! Joanne and I enjoyed 11 miles of darkness with nothing but our conversations and the sound of our footfalls. Not a bad way to start the day at all. I really can’t say enough how much I enjoy having a running buddy again. Especially on long runs. I could’ve kept going longer!
I was comfortable the whole run even with my crops on. Take that Mother Nature! Although once I got home, I was frozen solid. My hands were numb and all I could think of was a hot, hot shower and a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.
Cooper showing off his good side.
I didn’t get a chance to rest my legs for too long before we were off in search of new winter jackets for the kiddos and then to a Touch A Truck fundraiser. If you ever want to see hundreds of kids loosing their minds over buses, construction vehicles and dump trucks, go to Touch A Truck. It was like Disney World for the kids!
Sunday I got to spend two wonderful hours doing yoga during a Yoga For Athletes workshop.
It was AMAZING! I wish I could do yoga for 2 hours everyday.Hmmmm…maybe I really should look into yoga teacher training.
The workshop focused mostly on the hips, hamstrings, and the low back. Although the focus wasn’t intended for runners, most everyone in the class was. Jolie, the instructor, spoke about her practice and how it helps her as a runner. She realized that when her practice goes down to one day a week, she gets injured. If she gets on her mat at least 3-4 times a week, she feels stronger and stays injury free.
I totally believe this and have seen it with myself. When my knee injury occurred, my yoga practice was maybe once a week. Since then, I’ve refocused. I try to get at least 30 minutes of yoga 2-3 times a week. If I can’t make it to a studio class, I do something from yogadownload.com, My Yoga Online, Yoga Today, a practice from On Demand (my cable provider) or my own flow. I’d love to take more classes at my studio but my schedule doesn’t allow it. So I do the next best thing.
I got so many ideas of ways to stretch my IT Band using blocks and straps. At the end of the class, I was in heaven. Every muscle that was angry and hostile going into the class was smiling. Ahhhhhhhh!
How was your weekend? Did you run? Do yoga? Climb a mountain?