Not quite as tough as the 80 minute Power Yoga class, but I couldn’t quite face that this morning, after spending about 5 hours working over my own garden yesterday. A good workout, a good sweat. I’ll either do the 80 min Power Yoga on Wednesday or I’ll do a run. Depends on time…
I didn’t train the first 3 days of this week at all, then Thursday, Friday, Saturday I did 3 home Yoga sessions, so I felt good for a run this Sunday morning. I feel almost bad that I have only run once this week.
I felt relaxed and reasonably strong on this run, so the week break from running seems to have benefited me. Originally I was planning a short, short run, then a short run, but the run just progressed as I ran into town. The last couple of barefoot runs have left me limping for 3 days afterwards on a knotted right calf, so I was cautious. The calf seemed fine. I got to the diving board in 35 minutes, headed back and made a point of running on sand and a bit of rock (the Vibram soles are hard and don’t grip well on rock…). I wanted my legs and especially lower legs to get as varied a workout as possible, as I am still running hard surfaces, because the ground is sodden.
Flagged a bit on the way back, felt that calf start to tighten up during the last 20 minutes, which was at the same time as I started to run properly: fatigue=form. Had a finishing kick for the last 5 minutes, felt strong and steady.
Finished in 72:40, which considering I made the course more difficult on the way back and I seemed to be slowing, was pretty good.
I’ll aim for another run on Tuesday or Wednesday. I want another Power Yoga class, before then.
After yesterday’s ass-kicking, today’s ‘low fat’ Yoga seemed incredibly lame. Couldn’t believe how quickly 50 minutes went. Still, I got a good stretch and everything hurt after the Power Yoga yesterday. I exaggerate, two things didn’t hurt: my feet and my forehead.
I threw in my own plank routine at the end, before the meditation, to mitigate the lameness.
I think actually it is a good workout, for someone trying to gain some suppleness, but I don’t view it as a workout. I’ll probably do more of this workout when my gardening business gets busy..
After my leisurely taught class and my leisurely home class, I decided to look up something a little more hardcore. The Power Yoga class I did this morning kicked my ass!. I was puffing and a huffing, all the way through. Forget controlled breathing. Sweat running everywhere. My pet rats loved it as I stank of last nights raw garlic, constantly licking my skin, and trying to generally put me off. I let them out to run around the floor, after closing the doors….
Lots of very strong postures. Standing on one leg, arms and torso out in front, second leg out behind, bodytwists, you get the picture. I am amazed that I did the whole 80 minutes, as I was exhausted after about 30 mins. I guess my competitive streak came out.
Only one pose that I couldn’t do. This involved lifting my entire body the balance on my hands, I don’t have the strength or coordination, but more importantly, I don’t have innately flexible wrist joints, I never have. Actually none of my joints are very flexible, it’s just that I have stretched a lot over the years, so my tendons etc are pretty elastic.
I highly recommend this class for athletes.
First bit of exercise this week this morning. There were so many things going on that I didn’t have a chance to do anything until now.
Did my 50 minute class and 40 second planks.
It was raining cats and dogs this Sunday morning, and with a little bit of a hangover after the long, late and great Gig last night, it was hard to be motivated. Did my stretches without the planks and headed out on heavy legs. Really a horrible run throughout, really shows the impact of alcohol (I drank maybe 1.5 pints of beer last night). Ran in my Asics again.
So I kept my word. 4 runs a week, except for during the flu and despite a few low points I stuck it out. As previously written, I plan to reduce my training regime for the gardening season to 5 days a week, so that may be 2 runs and 3 Yoga or 3 runs and 2 Yoga. We’ll see how it goes…
My right calf still seems to be causing trouble with the barefoot runs. I can’t afford to be injured.
Did the short, short run and felt great during and after the run.
Was in a hurry this morning, so I did just a 10 minute stretch and out the door. 19 minutes out to Nimmo’s Pier, with me concentrating on running style, not speed. 18:30 to get back. 37:30 total.
Didn’t suffer agonising pain in my right calf after this run, unlike the last one.
Style, not speed, style not speed!
Been almost 2 weeks since I posted here. It’s been a weird two weeks. I decided to do the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico on March 23. This was spurred on by the realization that I have said I would do, then backed out of 4 consecutive races. Yeah, I did rim to rim at the Grand Canyon last year, but I haven’t actually race for more than 2 years now.
I decided to enter the “heavy” division, which means I’ll be carrying a 35-pound pack for the marathon-distance race. I started training with a 20-pound pack and felt like I could barely run. Then I stepped up to 35-pounds however, it felt like triple the weight of the 20-pound pack. I was a little discouraged after my first run with the bigger pack. However, I just had a stellar run with the bigger pack (and a new pair of NB Fresh Foams) and now I’m feeling pretty confidant.
Here’s 2 weeks worth of runs. Enjoy.
5 miles in 34 minutes
Spent most of the night at the urgent care because my son decided to stick a rock in his ear. Darted out at 9 and did a quick 5. Even split. Quarter-mile finishing kick. I’ll do 90 minutes on the indoor track tomorrow. Freaking kids!
10 miles in 69 minutes
Crazy beautiful evening and I decided to hit the canal instead of the indoor track. Took it easy and enjoyed myself. 35 out. 34 back with a decent finishing kick. Sunset was spectacular.
10 miles in 85 minutes
Holy shitballs! My neighbor’s a hunter and I knew he had a huge bucket of buckshot, so we filled my Camelbak (minus the bladder) with 20 pounds of it. I hit the canal and was fucking miserable. I contemplated turning around at the 2 1/2-mile spot, but continued. Back started to hurt and I stopped to adjust the pack. Hit the turnaround in 42 minutes. Started to die with 3 miles left and I again had to stop to adjust the pack. Obviously, a finishing kick was out of the question unless it was gonna be a final leg twitch before death.
Zero chance of me “running” a marathon with a 35-pound pack.
10 miles in 71 minutes
Legs were kinda shot from yesterday’s run. 35 out. 36 back. Sucked.
10 miles in 83 minutes
Hit the canal with the 20-pound pack again. Felt better tonight. 42 out. 41 back with something kinda resembling a finishing kick. May skate out of work early tomorrow to hit a trail with the pack. Think I’ll stick with at least 10 miles a day from now until the race.
5 miles in 36 minutes + sit-ups, planks and push-ups
Felt pretty beat-up this morning, so I decided I wasn’t gonna do another pack run. I did about 15 minutes of planks and sit-ups, then did 5 miles on the canal. Pathetic push-ups and more planks when I got back. Gonna run late tomorrow night. Looking forward to the time off. Late for work again.
10 miles in 84 minutes
Hit the canal with the 20-pound pack and the youngest in “shitty” running stroller. Felt good and my girl spent the entire time singing to herself. Even split. Readjusted the pack before I started because I was developing a nasty welt on my back where it rubbed. Some pathetic sit-ups and planks afterward. Solid run, but training for this race is gonna make me slow as molasses.
5 miles in 36
Early morning run. Warm. No jacket, no pack. Legs felt good. Even split.
10 miles in 68 minutes
Hit the canal without the 20-pound pack OR a kid in a stroller. Felt great and just cruised. Awesome sunset again. Even split with a dinky finishing kick. Great.
7.5 miles with 2,400 feet in elevation change in 63 minutes
Schedule was kinda screwed this weekend with various volunteer commitments. I hit my favorite trail sans 20-pound pack and felt spectacular. Pushed it, but wasn’t really maxing out. Saw 3 snakes, a huge desert tortoise and an awesome sunset. Lovely.
10 miles in 1:44
Went to REI and got a new backpack. Put in 35 pounds of play sand and was floored by how heavy the fucker was. Hit the canal and felt miserable. Ended up just doing the shuffle that I do at the end of long races when I’m swimming in a sea of pain. Even split. Didn’t really think going from 20 to 35 pounds was gonna suck this much. Fuck!
?? miles in 45 minutes
Ate about 5,000 calories today and drank a gallon of water. Also walked with some co-workers at lunch. Felt great when I got home, but resisted the urge to do another pack run. Warm AZ night. Drove to the Riparian Preserve and ran without headphones. The crickets and birds provided a great soundtrack. There are also no trail lights, so I was kinda flying blind for a while. After 10 minutes my eyes adjusted and it was fine. Wasn’t about to fuss with the Garmin and count miles, so I just ran for 45 minutes. Strange running experience. I’ll do it again.
Gonna limit myself to 3 pack runs a week. My body can’t deal with that amount of pounding.
?? miles in 1:40
Ran with the 35-pound pack in the NB Fresh Foams at the indoor track. Felt spectacular. Didn’t bother to count laps again, but would guess I did about 10 and a half miles. Solid.
90 minute class after a very long day physically. We now have a 2 week break from taught Yoga, so I will do an extra class at home. My stretches are getting better. I have also found a more active Joga video for my home Yoga. Planning to do 2 home sessions from beginning of March, so I’ll do the gentle Yoga one day, then save the hardcore Yoga for the middle of the week.