This week I’m still wrestling with my foot. While it was a great, painfree run at the Bunny Hop, I’ve been feeling it on/off ever since. Started the Aleve am & pm and continue with the exercises. Continued with yoga this week – from my dvds. Overall feel it was a positive week.
Progress this Week
|Wed||Ashtanga Yoga DVD|
|Thursday||30min run||30 min treadmill run at 5.0|
|Fri||Ashtanga Yoga DVD|
|Saturday||Kundalini Yoga DVD|
|Sunday||3.86 mi||Home/Holiday Inn/Forest Creek 41:01 26 & 36 30 sec walks|
As I said before, this was a good week. I’m trying one of the half trainings that call for 2 thirty minute runs then a longer run on the weekend. It has me a little skeptical because it would seem to me that without more cross training, this wouldn’t be enough running to condition your body for a half. Right now, I can play with it to see how it goes. Ha since I’m ramping up the cross-training it may be just the right fit!
It’s interesting how difficult it can be to vary your pace. It is an effort to run at a slower pace. Didn’t expect that at all. Had to stay right on top of my time to keep slowing down. That had me laughing because I’m NOT a fast runner. Who knew that trying to slow down would be work. I was in a 9-10 minute mile groove that I’m working at modulating. The good news is that I can definitely feel it – finishing stronger with longer runs.
Yesterday I added two 30 sec walk sessions to my run. My finish was stronger than it has been in the past but as I said, I’m also running slower. It feels like there are too many variables changing to determine the source or root cause. It’s not in my head… trying to work with my foot and train is too many variables. I’m still focused on September so will continue the juggle. The walk/run is not right in my head but I can see the value. Won’t risk it on the treadmill but will continue outside on longer runs.
Thought that maybe my running shoes might have something to do with it. Didn’t consider it before but I’m grasping a bit. Made a change to the next generation of my New Balance 1080 to v3 in December that I used for treadmill running. Figured if I was changing just about everything, why not running shoes. 🙂 So headed for my first trip to Runners Roost for a little more stability. Having a wide foot can be difficult at times. Waiting for a couple pairs to be delivered before buying – wide feet are an exercise in patience some days! Reverted to my Brooks for the run yesterday.
The yoga continues to be an energizing way to start the day. Even a bad yoga morning starts the day with energy and positivity. I can feel my body getting stronger.
Not sure that the Kundalini is for me. I’ll do it a couple more times and maybe try to find a class. It’s a little too slow, but maybe just the thing for those mornings that slow is the ticket. Don’t get me wrong, the dvd is a beginners so will stick with it for a bit and then move up.
I do like the Bikram but my body isn’t as flexible as it was. …And my balance needs some work. Should have never stopped that part of my morning stretch. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
The Ashtanga feels good and I like the pace. Once I’m a little stronger will look for a class.
Need to find a decent moving general intermediate workout. All-in-all I do like the dvds. The instructors do a great job of explaining for the most part. Maybe mixing with a class a week is the way to go. Find a couple good instructors who can help me tweak my form. It’s fun to explore the different styles of yoga and find what fits when.
Will continue the yoga, daily exercises and walking and add more weights next week. If nothing else, this training will have me entering 50 in tip-top shape! Do love how that feels!
The path to the Mighty Niagara continues…