The exciting part of my week is that I tried something new! Yoga! I had taken classes at a gym, but had never been to a yoga studio. One of the studios in Minneapolis (which has a location 2 blocks from my condo) offers a week of free yoga, so I decided to take advantage of it since I'd be around this weekend.
I took my first class on Tuesday and I was so nervous! I sent Amber a bunch of messages with questions about what to expect, what to wear, etc. I ended up going with this outfit: a Lulu Lemon fitted tank (purchased at the outlet last fall) and fitted pants.
|I may not know what I am doing, but at least I look the part!|
The verdict? I absolutely loved it! I fit in as many classes as my schedule would allow this week (4). Now I have to think about whether I can make room in my budget for more classes. It is certainly not cheap, but I think it would really compliment my training. I know I could practice on my own at home, but there is something special about going to an actual studio and having someone coach you through all the various moves and positions - and correcting you when you are doing it wrong. I liked the deep stretching of the vinyasa class - and I got my butt totally and completely kicked by the Yoga Sculpt class, which ended up being more of a boot camp style class with things like mountain climbers, burpees, and tons of push-ups (hello, weak upper body).
Anyways, back to the training recap, here is how the week broke out for me:
Monday - 5 miles at an easier pace (9:40) - it was 90+ degrees and super humid. It felt like I was running through steam, so I took it pretty easy.
Tuesday - 9 miles on a stationary bike, 60 minute yoga class
Wednesday - 7 miles ran on a hilly path at a 9:20 pace. This was a challenging run as it was so humid but I was really happy with my pace.
Thursday - Rest
Friday - 60 minute yoga class
Saturday - 12 miles at a slow 10:00 pace. I used to dread my long runs, now they have become one of my favorite parts of my week! It helps to have good company out there on the running paths! I got home, had an avocado as a snack, and headed to a 75 minutes yoga sculpt class. Big mistake!! I won't do this class after a long run ever again! I clearly need a fresh body to make it through this intense class!
Sunday - 60 minute yoga class
All in all, I am really happy with how this week went. Ideally I would like to run 3-4 times and bike 1-2 times; this week, I ran 3 times, biked once, and did 4 yoga classes, so I feel good about everything I fit in. I am definitely excited for this training session. I have some work to do as I lost some speed over the winter/spring, but I am ready for the challenge.
Week 1: 24 miles
Have you ever tried yoga? If so, do you do it on your own or go to a class? Are you able to do the crow pose? That is the one pose I absolutely COULD NOT do!!