Thursday, February 2, 2012

Three Things Thursday - Races, Runs, and Accomplishments

Hope everyone's Thursday is going by splendidly, I know mine has not been too bad itself! There is a little bit of action building up over here, which is very welcomed, as it has been pretty low key lately, so let's jump right into it, shall we?!

1. Races: So I am not one to plan out my race calendar at the beginning of the year.  I usually have an idea of one big race I would like to do, or big distance (at this time last year, I knew I wanted to do a marathon, but had no idea which one).  Even though I hadn't planned any type of formal race schedule for 2012, I did go into the year knowing I was running 2 specific events, which I had signed up for back in December.  But in true go big or go home fashion, I have somehow signed on to run quite a few races in the next couple of weeks!

February 5th: Super 5-miler, Cambridge, MA
February 11th: Run to honor Sherry - virtual (will be running the last 10 - 12 miles of the Boston Marathon route)
February 26th: Hyannis Half Marathon (this will be my longest distance since the marathon...eek!) Hyannis, MA
February 29th: Leapyear Race (2.9 Miles) - virtual race put on by Life as a Running Mom
March 18th: South Boston St. Patty's Day 5k, South Boston, MA

And if that wasn't enough excitement for the next couple of weeks, I am also going to be running the Colorado Ragnar Relay with a group of fabulous bloggers (more info to come!!)

2. Runs: So I am still loving my Tuesday night run/dinner/TV dates with J and Emma, but I have started doing something else for my weekday runs that is becoming another favorite past-time....running on the bike path at lunchtime!

If you have been reading for a while, I have alluded to the fact that I get very uncomfortable leaving the office during the day, even though it is my lunch "break".  However, the more and more I spend lunchtime exercising (I was keeping up Thursday afternoon spin classes for a while), the less and less I feel guilty!

Today I got in 6 miles in just over 48 minutes, a run that felt so comfortable and fluid - no stiff legs, no worry that I was going to be late for something, and best of all, no pain - in my knee or achilles or hip (ok my hip is a little sore now...but it held up the whole run!).  I was smiling so wide, the walkers on the trail must have thought I was high or something.  I was just so happy to be out there, in the perfect weather (overcast and 40) and having such a great run!  I even discovered a fun little amenity of my running jacket that I had never realized before! I thought the sleeves only had thumb holes, which were nice enough - but today (after getting jealous of Emma's on Tuesday night) I discovered that the thumbholes can fold over into little mittens!! This would have come in handy for many much cooler runs, but I am so happy I know about it now :)

3. Accomplishments: Last night I went to Forrest Yoga and it was an intense session of breathing through the core and pelvis, concentrating of form in the belly and lower back, and using your breath and legs (specifically hamstrings) to power your moves and inversions (moves lifting into the air).  With all of the loosening up and concentration on form and breath - I was able to finally get up into one of the inversions I have struggled with for months!! What I cannot find in yogi language, but what I am referring to as flying crow pose (Eka Pada Galavasana?)
Flying Crow Pose - Eka Pada Galavasana
My was no where near this pretty...yet (source)

I was so elated when I got both feet/legs off the ground - I couldn't stop smiling the whole class! It was a good night :)

Well, I am off to get ready for make-your-own-pizza night with a bunch of friends...I am in charge of the BBQ pizzas :) Yummmm!

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Do you do yoga? What is your dream pose?

I would love to be able to push from crow into a handstand and have the power to stay still in handstand and do variations with my legs, without falling - I used to have handstands down solid when I was younger (thank you 12 years of gymnastics), but now I can barely jump up into one for even a second!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I honestly like a lot of flavor, but my all time favorite topping is caramelized onions - good on almost any type of pizza made (making some for my BBQ pizzas tonight :) ).

8 comments:

  1. That race calendar is full... good for you. And that yoga pose. Holy Flying Crow! That is just plain awesome!

    I like carmelized onions too.... I like what I call white and spinach pizza and I put carmelized onions on it... feta cheese, garlic, oregano, spinach... oh now I am drooling on my keyboard.

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  2. that pose!?! holy crap you're amazing!!

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  3. Wow...that is a ridiculous pose. I used to do yoga - I haven't been to a class in FOREVER!!!
    Good luck with all the races you signed up for! They sound like so much fun =)
    I've never tried carmelized onions on pizza before - usually just put raw ones on - definitely going to have to try. My favorite is fresh mozzarella!

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  4. You have some awesome races to look forward to. I am very excited for you. :)

    Love bbq pizza!!! I think it might be my favorite after chicken alfredo pizza. Okay who am I kidding I really kind of love all pizza. Have a wonderful weekend girl.

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  5. LOL my accomplishment of finally mastering the crane pose pales to the accomplishment of the flying crow pose. I'm not sure what my next yoga pose goal will be.

    Pizza? Lots of veggies and very little cheese. Yum!

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  6. Jeepers.. there is no way I could ever do that pose!

    That sounds like a fun and packed race calendar. Really keeps you on your toes :)

    I like pepperroni, or buffalo chicken :)

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  7. That yoga pose looks intense and scary, so obvs I know think you're bad ass!! :)

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  8. WOW! you can do that pose?!?!?!? and this post had a fun layout! love it....don't know why I'm only seeing this now. I suck :P

    I love green olives on my pizza.....and sun dried tomatoes....and pepperoni, pineapple. broccoli! yum!

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