Random Monday Thoughts

Happy Monday!

I have been kind of MIA and only posted once last week (I usually was posting 2-3 times a week)…but I don’t have much to talk about at the moment! My marathon training is over so my workout routine is nothing exciting…just running a bit and lifting a bit…but man, that first day back to lifting REALLY kills you. I was so sore and tired for 2 days following a simple lifting workout with TEN POUNDS lol. Yikes…

So I just wanted to recap with you all what has been going on with me and get your input on a few things as well :)

  • This past Friday and Saturday I went up to Massachusetts for the NJCAA Division III XC National Championship. I had one runner qualify and although he did not have the race he wanted, I am proud of him. He did not skip one practice all season and worked his butt off. I hope we are able to go back next year but with more of our runners!
  • I have a 15K race on December 22 that I am not prepared for at all lol
  • I think I’m going to start PowerFlow Yoga? Has anyone tried it? It’s hot yoga and more movements so it’s more strength based. I really want to make spin and yoga more of a regular thing…it’s just hard fitting it in with running when you’re trying to run 5 days a week. Any tips on how to do this?
  • Only two  more Rutgers football games left. It has not been a good season, and Dan is hoping the current coach gets fired. Some of our games have just been embarrassments. 

Goals for this week:

  • Eat better. My nutrition has not been good BUT I have started incorporating smoothies back into my routine. I use PlantFusion’s Phood powder, which is more of a nutritional supplement and packed with vitamins, minerals, greens, probiotics and more. I have been making my smoothies with Califia Farms double espresso cold brew, vanilla Phood, banana, spinach and PB. So delicious!

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  • Run at least 4 times this week, with a longer run of 6 miles.
  • Lift minimum twice a week and try PowerFlow.

Not that exciting of a post but oh well. Let me know if you’ve tried PowerFlow or incorporate yoga into your running routine…and does it help?

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  1. Balancing running with other activities is tough. I always want to do it all but something ends up going.
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  2. I’ve never tried PowerFlow – interested to know how it is!
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  3. I don’t do yoga as much as I would like to when I am running a lot. It’s a time crunch thing I think. But perhaps a shorter yoga session… 15 minutes instead of half an hour or a full hour would work for you (and me!)
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  4. I’ve done that a couple times but never regularly as part of my routine or to supplement running. Definitely try it and see how it makes you feel. I’ve heard the hot yoga is a false sweat but it does feel great and you do feel like you loosen up quite a bit. At least during the class. Afterward when you’re back in the cold…everything kind of goes back to where it was before. Maybe if you do it more regularly it would be different. I will say my first hot yoga class was the first time I’ve felt totally out of place in a fitness class in a long time. People have special sweat absorbing towels they lay over their yoga mats and then they spray it down pre workout …I guess to prevent it from slipping around? I borrowed a mat from the facility and sat there while everyone else prepped their stations and realized later as my hands and feet slid everywhere why they do this. Haha. And don’t bother wearing a top. Sports bra and shorts all the way.
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    • yeah will definitely need to remember a towel but I sweat A LOT. Though I am not at the point where I will feel comfortable in just a sports bra and shorts lol…one day hopefully!

  5. I do a hot yoga with weights class every once in a while and i really like it. It’s challenging and relaxing at the same time. Plenty of time to train for your 15k!
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  6. I’ve never tried a PowerFlow class…I love yoga and feel vinyasa alone requires a bit of strength, lol! I am going to the Rutgers/Nebraska game this weekend…my boyfriend is a Husker, I’m excited to go!
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  7. Christine says:

    When you need to brick workouts (which can be useful if you really benefit from rest days). it helps to book a class, which makes it more of a commitment AFTER the run. Also, that way, the run doesn’t suffer. Plus, if you back out, it’s late, and you’ll probably lose the fee for the class. That always works for me ;)

    • I think I’m going to try doing brick workouts, because I just cannot wake up and do morning workouts then evening workouts lol. Good suggestion!

  8. Its always tough to find a balance between running and other fitness activities. Before I became pregnant, I tried to incorporate yoga on a weekly basis, especially on days when I was exhausted and just didn’t have the energy to get my originally planned workout in.

  9. Ah, this makes me miss cross country! Congrats to your runner. All races can’t be perfect, but making it that far is quite an accomplishment.
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  10. When I am good about squeezing yoga into my already full training schedule, I do it twice a week and those classes are in the evenings, so those days I run in the morning then do yoga later that night. Now the confession, I haven’t adhere to that schedule in quite some time.
    Congrats to your runner!
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  11. You know I’m a huge fan of yoga…but my yoga is all about recovery. I don’t do hot yoga–I don’t want to sweat unless I’m on the road!

    It’s kind of tough not being in training, isn’t it?
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  12. I’ve been trying to do yoga once a week. It’s definitely hard to find the extra time, but I’ve been making it a priority and I always feel so much better and have better flexibility so it’s worth it!
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  13. I’ve never tried PowerFlow. I root for Notre Dame… GO IRISH!

  14. I am awful about never doing yoga. I just don’t enjoy it and I have a hard time working out if I don’t enjoy it.
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  15. I try to balance my activities out but always fail… one thing always takes over! Hopefully I’ll get better at it!
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  16. I don’t incorporate yoga very often but I feel like I should… I Just get so bored with it! I know, it’s terrible. I feel great when a yoga class is over but during those 60 or 90 minutes I’m looking for the clock!
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