Monday, April 18, 2011

What Do I Do Now?

If you have read any of my blog posts, you know that I operate best with a plan. If I have some kind of plan to follow, there is no room for willy nillyness (new word, I should let urban dictionary know). Every year, I go through a cycle:

1) I pick a major race, usually in the beginning of the year, the New Orleans half marathon in february, the Nashville half in april, etc.

2) I then spend 20 weeks training for that race.

3) I run the race

4) I am inconsistent, I do lots of whatever workouts that are random and have no thought behind them, then I realize in august that I need to run and I have to start all over.

My new plan is to pick a big race in the fall that I can train for in the summer. This year, it's going to either be the NYC Marathon (I'm still waiting) or the Rock'n'Roll Savannah in november. I won't know which one until april or may, so right now, you guessed it, I'm in willy nilly land. Add that to the fact that I'm visiting my grandfather in my spare time and working 45 hours a week, i'm not really doing anything. Over the past 3 weeks, I have run twice, gone to a couple of yoga classes, done a zumba class and body attack. I'm yearning for some structure.

I follow on facebook and they had a new training plan called the PALA Beginner 10k Training Plan. Today was my first day and I had to do an easy 20 minute jog. It was a good way to get back into running since it's been a couple of weeks. I know it's for beginners, but I'm hoping that maybe it can help me get a little faster. I'll report back!!

In other news, I went to my favorite hot yoga place the other day, Southern Om.

Jac was the teacher and I LOVE HER!! The class is Vinyasa Flow and the room is heated to 90 degrees (it does usually get hotter). Her class makes me feel strong and I can usually get into a rhythm so when I'm done, I feel so relaxed. She sometimes puts lavender oil on your forehead at the end of class and I love that, today was not that day. It was still a great way to start the weekend.

We got to do crow pose, one of my favs

Lastly, I wanted to mention Body Attack, the class I took at sportsclub. We basically jumped, ran, did all kinds of crazy moves without stopping for an hour. I thought I was going into that class as an expert and that it would be easy... no no... it was not easy. I was ready for it to be over halfway through, but I just kept thinking about the fact that my mind is what's holding me back, not my body. At the end of the day, it was a lot of fun and a great cardiovascular workout. The teacher was singing and talking the whole time and I was amazed!!
That's EXACTLY what I looked like :)

and that's what my friend Jane looked like :)

But seriously, it was fun. I'm going to try to do lots of fun stuff like this because come marathon training time, it will be run, bike, run, yoga, run, bike, run, etc etc. no more fun zumba, body attack, blah blah.

As a more experience blogger who likes to use pics, I'm going to try my best to use more of my own pics (um, just need to remember to take them) vs having to use ones from the internet. That's my goal for next time!

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