Yoga.Run.Yoga.Run

I successfully tired out my legs this week but don’t think I overdid it. My legs are getting stronger! On Monday, Mike and I did P90X YogaX for 90 minutes. Tuesday was a 4 mile run for me (up from 3 miles last week – progress!). Wednesday I did yogalates for an hour at Discovery. And Thursday, I did a 4 mile run. Tuesday’s run wasn’t great because I had some stomach pains and had to lay down for a long time when I got home. But my calves felt fine! I think my stomach will just sort itself out after a few weeks of running regularly again. On Wednesday at yogalates, we focused a lot of quads. My legs were really shaking during the triangle pose and warrior two. If I was doing a dvd yoga class, I probably would have stopped it after 30 minutes. It was a struggle. The corpse pose at the end was wonderful. I’d like to mention my favorite yoga pants and how I’ll probably wear them every single week to class: Lululemon Groove Capri (no longer available). I love the thick waistband and the super-soft fabric. I splurged last year and got the long Groove pants but it was very worth it. These are probably my favorite pants – perfect for traveling and lounging! I just saw Lululemon has new raspberry colored groove pants with ruffles!
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On Thursday, my legs weren’t sore, just tired. My back was very sore from all the twisting postures and superman floor pose. It’s hard running with heavy legs and a sore back. I felt sluggish despite pretty good mile times: 8:47,9:04,8:51,8:48. It was supposed to be an “at pace” run so I wanted to move a little faster.

I haven’t given a lot of thought to my new goal pace, mainly because I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to run the race and have no idea how the next month will go. A few weeks ago when I got my second calf strain, I was ready to defer to next year. I should just be happy to cross the finish line in one piece, no matter what my time is. But I have these pace runs to do and the regular runs that are supposed to be 30-90 seconds slower than my goal pace. I need a goal pace. Previously it was 8:35 (crazy…). I’d still like to finish close to 4 hours, if possible, so I think, at this point in time, I’ll aim for 9:10ish, emphasis on the ish. My goal is to start off the marathon slow and assess where I am at mile 16 (such a big number).

Also exciting news…I wore a lot of flats and sneakers this summer due to Calf Strain 1 and Calf Strain 2. I wore my wedges today! Oh how I’ve missed them.
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