Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 8

I took it easy this week because I needed it. I write down my goals each week, and one of them is usually "Run consistently." Not this week. Instead my goals included practicing more yoga and resting more.

Monday: Rest and stretching.

Tuesday: Yin Yoga at Sutra Midtown. The class was taught by Nelly, who has a calm, nurturing demeanor. She has a soft touch during adjustments. It's light as a feather, really. I loved her playlist, which included "Spirit Bird" by Xavier Rudd and "Work Song" by Hozier. I immediately added both to my yoga and running playlists. Afterward, I took the opportunity to share some of my favorite yoga poses to do between runs.


Wednesday: 4.65 miles. I switched my shoes to see if the pain in my calf would subside at all, and it kind of worked. I have a feeling I need to invest in new running shoes, and I need to do it soon in order to break them in before the marathon. It was a slow run.

Thursday: Yin Yoga at Sutra Midtown, taught by Dr. Steven. His class is more of a yin class than Tuesday night's session. You hold poses for an extended amount of time and use props regularly, even if you can do the pose without them. It's about doing less. It was an emotional day for me, and I could feel the tears squeezed in between my lashes as I lay on my mat. I needed this class.

Friday: 5 minutes of sun salutations in the morning and a 3.25-mile run after work. My average pace was slightly faster than my previous run, so there's a win.

Saturday: Long walk on the beach with my Valentine.



Sunday: Rest. This is usually the day I do my long runs, but we were in Mexico, so I saved my run for Monday.

Week's goal: 31.1 miles.

Actual mileage: 7.9 miles.

February mileage so far: 48.66.

Total minutes worked out: 259.

Lessons

  • It's OK to rest. Listen to your body.
  • Go to yoga in the studio more. You get sequence inspiration and hear new songs to add to playlists.
  • I want to teach yoga regularly again. I have an audition coming up, and I hope it works out.