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Fitness Friday // A Yoga Adventure

Well folks, we made it to Friday you made it to Friday; it’s my Monday. Funny how that works, isn’t it?! ;)

Anyway, I’ve had a pretty amazing week of workouts – a few runs, some strength sessions, some cross training and my yoga goal!

I (finally) decided to try one of the yoga classes at my gym this week.  The times haven’t really been very convenient to my schedule and the ones that were, scared me for being called “Advanced Yoga.”  Well, when it came down to it, I decided to give the advanced class a try.  The description said it was “Hatha yoga” so I figured it wouldn’t be too bad and if it was, I do know how to modify poses to my level and therefore knew I could make it through.

The instructor asked who was new and I raised my hand.  She asked if I was new to yoga or her class and I let her know I was new to her class and yoga at our gym location but not new to yoga.  She gave a little speech about it being an advanced class and modify as we needed.  This was not an Advanced class; I repeat, this was not an advanced class.  For fear of sounding like a yoga snob, maybe this was advanced for “gym yoga” but after my 30 Day Yoga Challenge a couple years ago, this was nothing.  I’m not going to hate on the instructor or the class because I did get a great stretch which my body needed, but I did learn to not be afraid of yoga classes at my gym…

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

I’m continuing with my training plan leading to my upcoming 10k and making sure to give my body what it needs, even if that means altering from the plan slightly.  Rest is extremely important but some days my body is craving that rest in a semi-active form like Saturday’s yoga.

My runs have all been pretty rough lately.  I’m not sure if that’s me breaking in my new running shoes, not enough stretching or a possible combination of the two.  I should really get a foam roller so I can do some myofascial release while watching TV after dinner; I just don’t have the patience for it while I’m at the gym (and I’m usually getting kind of hungry).

I can’t wait to see how everyone else’s workouts have gone this week and how you’re staying motivated.  Please don’t forget to spread the word, share and please please please join in the fun!

 



 

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Fitness Friday

While many of you are probably jumping up and down that today is Friday, I’ll be honest, it’s my Sunday.  Kind of a bummer, huh?  But it’s been a great week and I’m looking forward to the weeks and months ahead of me.  I mean, it’s fall after all, who wouldn’t be happy?

My full run this past week was just under 6 1/2 miles (whew!) and I ran it in my new Lunar Glides which I love! But Monday morning I found myself experiencing a good amount of discomfort and pain in my upper left shoulder / trapezius & spine.  Very similar to the pain I had earlier in the summer that was deemed Costochondritis.  I’m not sure if that’s what this was, even in the early stages but I took a day of rest Tuesday, some ibuprofen and eased back into my workouts.  There’s no need for injury.

And despite the pain, I had a great week of workouts and stuck to what felt good for my body each day.  That’s important to note, whether you’re healthy, sick, injured or anything in between.

I also made sure to keep up with Courtney’s yoga challenge to really stretch out my muscles and prepare them for the next run or workout scheduled.  Flexibility training is just as important.

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like:

I’m really trying to buckle down with the studying which sometimes means taking myself to Starbucks to study so I can get a change of scenery and focus.

 Happy Friday!

Any fun plans for your weekend?

How was your week of workouts?

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