Stretching and Streaking My Way Through April!

April 21, 2018   /   byrunningwhilevegan  / Categories :  Running, yoga

The last two days I have been on a really successful workout streak! I’ve started my shifts at 3pm, which allows me to wake up on my own time and then hit the mat. Well, make coffee and then hit the mat. I’ve also had the time to squeeze some short runs in, and it’s been great!

Yesterday I decided to go ahead and begin with Yoga With Adriene’s Day Five Feel Alive Flow from her old skool 30 Days of Yoga Series. It reminds me of one of my favorite videos, Yoga to Get the Juices Flowing, but double the time! Which is superb, because I never feel like Juices Flowing is long enough!  I followed Feel Alive Flow with Yoga Revolution Day Six: Attention (and Abs) Practice. All the strength training in the prior videos of the series came in handy for that 36 minute practice! Day six of her series are always ab day! I look forward to it, and loathe it at the same time haha. I make it so much tougher in my head than the practice actually is!


Day Six was structured differently than most ab workouts I am used to. The first half is full of planks, down dogs, side planks, thread the needle pose, cat cow, lunges, sphinx and puppy pose. Then came time for the mat work – core pulses, yogi bicycles, and oblique work with eagle legs. I felt awesome afterwards and decided to go on a run. I implemented the run/walk method I’ve been trying out, 2:30 run, 30 second walk. I did this for 3.25 miles. I was flying! Runs haven’t felt like this in awhile, I’ve been feeling heavy and clunky throughout my LA Marathon training. The past two years I’ve noticed winter is not necessarily my best running season – I get sick and I have a hard time finding my stride. I’m one of those weirdos who prefers spring and summer training! I like the sun on my back and the heat doesn’t bother me too much. I’m not going to stop my training in winter, but once spring rolls around it’s like “YES! HERE I AM! I’M READY!”. I also think interval training (run/walk) has helped with both my heart rate and speed. It was uncomfortable at first, and difficult to find my groove, but I’ve really been enjoying it this week!

I went into work after that and things went well. Not my best day. It’s that awkward time where I still feel new, but I’m not necessarily in training mode anymore. I was told to try and come off more confident when speaking to the customers – it was delivered respectfully and legit constructive criticism, but my personality just wants to do things the right way all the time. Which means I’m a nervous wreck and can tend to beat myself up easily over things that don’t matter that much. It’s a constant practice to just go with the flow, accept things, and just chill – don’t take things so personally. Finding both yoga and running have helped tremendously with finding my inner power and strength, but there’s still work to do.

Today was a new day! I woke up feeling sore! MY ABS WERE SO SORE! I was tired, and felt like maybe today would be a good recovery day. Once I got out of bed, had some coffee, took care of paperwork, I rolled out the mat for another workout! I’m on a roll, I can’t quit now!

Revolution Day Seven, Stability Practice was a treat after yesterday’s ab work. It took about 10 minutes to get started on the flow, which included warriors, triangle, extended side angle and one of my favorites – tree pose! This practice was all about balance and stability, which I loved! Such a great theme, and much needed during this time of newness!

Next up I did No Fear Yoga. It had been quite awhile, and I remembered enjoying this one. It’s challenging, yet swift and fun. I chose this video because of the title, because I would like to face my challenges this week with no fear!


No Fear Yoga was similar to Day Seven, but more flow, swifter and instead of tree pose, there was warrior three! I’m sure I’ll be feeling this practice tomorrow!

I decided to go for it and do a short run. I utilized the run/walk method again. I was tired today, so I wasn’t so much flying, but it was a good run! Then I headed to work, for a much better day than yesterday. I definitely felt more confident!

It’s been a seven day yoga streak and a four day run streak! Tomorrow I have a longer day at work, so I’ll have to see how I feel afterwards. It’s going to be a busy weekend, with work and then Ciclavia on Sunday – going to do my best to stick to my workout streaks, but also be open to life happening!

 

 

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