My day started with a 3-mile run followed by some much-needed yoga. I’m starting to think that last’s Saturday’s IT band/knee pain was due to lack of stretching. I admit it: I’m a chronic non-stretcher. (Why don’t I ever learn!?! :evil:)
For me, running and stretching/yoga (should) go hand-in-hand (like Running Into Yoga). The first time I trained for a half marathon, I got injured””mostly because I had no idea what I was doing and never stretched. Training for a marathon is a whole different animal, so I’ve tried to do everything “by the books” and follow the TNT training schedule as closely as possible. Unfortunately, my motivation started to wane a bit, so I wasn’t on top of my workouts, which likely led to last weekend’s (hopefully, minor) injury.
Long story short, I need yoga in my life, so I broke out my yoga mat and stretched for a solid 45 minutes.
I enjoy yoga for relaxation and stress-management, but, right now, my body needs it more!
The first 5 minutes of my yoga practice was interrupted by this guy:
Good thing he’s cute.
To guide my practice, I used a 45-minute download called Yoga for Runners from YogaDownload.com. (There’s also a free 25-minute session on the website.) After running, it felt soooo good to stretch and lengthen my tight muscles, especially my hamstrings and lower back.
After my run, I was sweaty and salty (and delicious), so, not surprisingly, the pug licked me to death.
Despite Murphy’s constant affection during my yoga practice, I felt refreshed and renewed afterwards. My legs feel a zillion times better too!
After a quick shower, I hit the kitchen for breakfast and made myself a big bowl of apple crisp oatmeal.
In the mix:
- Old-fashioned oats
- Sliced apple
- Soy milk
- Ground flaxseed meal
Feel Great Weight
Here’s this week’s Feel Great Weight post: 4 Tricks for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain.
I’m looking for ideas for my FGW posts! If you have a topic that you’d like me to write about, please let me know!
Just a quick reminder about the Wildtree Fundraiser to benefit Team In Training. Leanne is going to donate 80% of the profits to TNT. That is HUGE! Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping at Wildtree. There are lots of great gifts for foodies!
Question of the Day
What is the smartest fitness advice you were ever given?