Monthly Archives: March 2009

head below heart

today i was supposed to do a 45-minute medium intensity run, but i decided to switch days. i made today a cross-training day and will somehow fit in a run tomorrow.

after my first half-marathon last november, it was painfully clear that my quads weren’t strong enough for the race. they were so sore and hurt to the touch; i couldn’t walk up or down stairs. so this time i’m determined to make them stronger. i started going to spin about a month ago and its growing on me. so this morning, instead of running, i went to spin. i thought about running after spin but by the time class ended, my legs were done. it was a good wednesday spin class – 70’s funk, madonna, bobby brown. music always makes the difference.

this evening i went to my usual hatha yoga class. i have a love/hate relationship with yoga. i want to love it but i dread it because, well, its hard. i’m inflexible. but i have chronic plantars fasciitis and my podiatrist insists that i do yoga. he says that its the key to aging – “older people who are fit are flexible” he says. so i force myself to go.

its the last wednesday of the month which means its supposed to be restorative yoga – i was really looking forward to it. well my version of restorative is apparently very differnt from jean-ives (the instructor). tonight he wanted us to “clear our minds” and feel the “essence of the pose” by keeping our heads below our hearts. like for the whole class. okay so it wasn’t the WHOLE class, but it sure felt like it.

so how does one keep the “head below the heart?”

* downward dog
* forward fold
* child’s pose

easy right? well what about:

* headstand
* handstand
* dolphin handstand (its the one where the hands are belted – i dont know what the proper name is)
* L-pose
* shoulder stand

all inversions…my favs…ugh…

after keeping my head below my heart for over an hour, i was light-headed, but shockingly, clear-minded and feeling very good. i practically fell asleep during savasana (corpse’s pose).

the most inspirational song from this morning’s spin class?

…feels like my day came full circle.


i can’t lie – that run from yesterday left me sore. today my legs were tired. thankfully, according to my schedule, day 2 involved no running – it was a cross-training day.

i started out at 6 am with a free weights class. in the first half of class we used the coreboard with free weights; lots of balancing, upper body reps, lunges, etc. during the second half of class we got rid of the core board, kept the free weights and used bands. it was the bands that killed me. we walked the room using the bands. i can’t really explain it but suffice to say it killed my hips.

this evening i went to body combat – my favorite workout. its super intense, very aggressive and let me get rid of my stress and frustration. tonight alex mixed it up and used all of my favorite tracks! :)

today’s inspiration?


* this is a photo of the ali vs liston fight. it was used in a work preso i saw about a month and a half ago. i loved it as soon as i saw it and immediately added it to my file of motivations.

no one has ever been humbled by jogging

“if all we want to do is feel good about ourselves, jogging is the ticket. it doesn’t challenge us. it doesn’t test us. it doesn’t exact a physical or psychological toll. worst case scenario is, jogging may cause mild persperation on color-coordinated sweat suits. but if we’re willing to push ourselves into unchartered territory, a place littered with broken bodies and remnants of the human psyche, running may be what we’re looking for. without question, it dishes out more than heaping helpings of humble pie than any sport we know of. little wonder that so few people have the fortitude to lace up and run like an animal.” –this quote is from an ad in a running magazine.

today is day 1 of my 14-week training plan for the seattle rock ‘n roll half marathon. i ran my first race back in november and felt like i under-trained; so this time, i’m using the new balance training program to get me prepared to conquer seattle with rich.

i’m going to use this blog as my journal to record my training experiences:

* my running progress
* cross-training
* how i felt during workouts
* my motivations – music, quotes, tv shows, stories, and most importantly, MY friends (facebook statuses are VERY motivating)

so come along and follow if you like…

day 1 – 45 minutes of running at an easy or moderate pace:

i wanted to run outside but it was so windy today i went to golds for a tortuous treadmill run. i can’t stand running on a treadmill; its so boring and for some reason, i run slower on them. the treadmills in front of the big screen tv’s were all taken so i had to go upstairs to the ones that look outside at condos. snore. three minutes into the run i was dying; wanted to quit. i had to change things up to make it interesting so i started over again with this:

0:00 – 3:00 – walk at 3.5, 1% incline
3:00 – 10:00 – run at 5.0, 1% incline
10:00 – 11:00 – run at 7.0, 1% incline
11:00 – 13:00 – recover at 5.0, 1% incline
13:00 – 14:00 – run at 7.0, 1% incline
14:00 – 16:00 – recover at 5.0, 1% incline
16:00 – 17:00 – run at 7.0, 1% incline
17:00 – 19:00 – recover at 5.0, 1% incline
19:00 – 20:00 – run at 7.0, 1% incline
20:00 – 22:00 – recover at 5.0, 1% incline
22:00 – 26:00 – run at 5.5, 1% incline
26:00 – 27:00 – run at 6.0, 1% incline
27:00 – 28:00 – run at 5.9, 1% incline
28:00 – 29:00 – run at 5.8, 1% incline
29:00 – 30:00 – run at 5.7, 1% incline
30:00 – 31:00 – run at 5.6, 1% incline
31:00 – 32:00 – run at 5.5, 1% incline
32:00 – 33:00 – run at 5.4, 1% incline
33:00 – 34:00 – run at 5.3, 1% incline
34:00 – 35:00 – run at 5.2, 1% incline
35:00 – 36:00 – run at 5.1, 1% incline
36:00 – 40:00 – run at 6.00, 1% incline
40:00 – 41:00 – run at 6.00, 5% incline
41:00 – 42:00 – run at 6.00, 4% incline
42:00 – 43:00 – run at 6.00, 3% incline
43:00 – 44:00 – run at 6.00, 2% incline
44:00 – 45:00 – run at 6.00, 1% incline

what pulled me through?