|January 12, 2014||Posted by Carrie under Running, Yoga|
Happy Monday friends!
The yoga class from last week was amazing. I think I’ve always been doing yoga-light. This was all levels and there were quite a few very experienced yoga people in the room. My friend who taught the class made it challenging for everyone. Quite a task. I was pleasantly sore the next day. She even helped me make some modifications for my toe. I did some beginning work on the crow (using a block and working on trusting shifting the weight onto my hands) and a headstand (wide leg, again shifting weight to hands with little jumps up). A few people were working on jumping into the crow and one woman was great at a headstand. We also did plenty of other moves and I worked up a nice sweat in the 75 minute class. The teacher helped me work on the pigeon pose, which I think I’ve been doing wrong and my hips were appreciative. I hope I can get back there more often. During the end part of the class (I know it has a yoga name) where you lay quietly, my brain was actually quiet. Kind of like at the end of a run when I can zone out, I felt the same peace. It was great.
I had a really bad run last week on Tuesday – my ‘good’ ankle had a pinchy nerve pain for almost the whole 3 miles. I walked a lot at the end and it calmed down. I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t want to talk about it here because sometimes I feel like I whine about stupid aches and pains. It was something I hadn’t experienced before and was silently hoping it would go away.
I went for an easy run with my running buddy, K on Friday. We did a 2:1 run:walk and went for 3 miles. No pain. Yay!
Randomest moment of the run: we were finishing up and a woman driving out of a driveway near us rolled down her window to get our attention. After silently muttering that we were in the middle of a run and I didn’t need to have a conversation with some random lady (she had started with “Do you have a minute?), we talked to her.
She started asking us how often we run and then told us about a running group that she’s involved in. She said there are 60 runners that meet at a local park very early every Saturday morning. They have a coach and warm up together and then run to the beach and varying distances. They run lots of local races and a group is training for the LA Marathon.
I didn’t know this group existed! I knew a couple local running stores had groups that met in the evenings, and that schedule wasn’t going to work for me. And, I recently read a blog where the blogger who runs about my pace was very discouraged going to a running store sponsored run group. So, that’s kind of intimidating to me.
We couldn’t make it this past weekend, but K and I think we can go this weekend. I’m kind of glad I’m going with my friend, if we can’t find anyone that runs close to our pace, at least we have each other And it’ll be fun to branch out our running buddy circle. Cool! We run right near this park on long runs, although we get there well after this group meets, so we’ve never seen them.
After my pain free Friday run, I decided to go ahead with my weekend long run plans.
6 miles – 3:00/0:30 intervals. It was a great run. I took a route that had me hitting some hills and I tried to keep my pace slow. I finished feeling tired, but also like I could have kept going.
I love looking back at my times and seeing that my intervals started to get faster. I didn’t do that on purpose at all, but I do tend to run better the longer I go. I usually see my run segments in the 12’s and here towards the end they were in the 11’s with even a 10.
Do you have a running group? How did you find them? Can someone tell me the name of that end part of the yoga class?