First up, Emily had an awesome post about the marathon that the contestants on The Biggest Loser run at the end of the season. Emily has run five marathons and has a major complaint that the show portrays marathons as the ultimate example of fitness, when you can be fit and healthy without running a marathon. And they train for it all wrong. Read her post here. I love it.
Two a day yoga:
You would think that in the week post half marathon, a two-a-day would not be smart. But two yoga classes in one day sounded like a good idea.
I did one class in the early morning, and I knew it would be a gentle stretchy class and not a sweaty flowy one. And the second one was a Candlelight Yoga class at the Lululemon store at night. That one had over 100 people and we were squished in like sardines, feet in face style. I also knew that one wouldn’t be too hard to cater to every style in an open class. Both were great to stretch my muscles and gently let me move around.
I also did a Crossfit class but used lighter weights than usual. My right outer knee is a little twingy, not because of the class. Hopefully it will go away soon. I did two quarter mile laps in the class, and definitely still sore and not ready to run, not that I was expecting much more.
I decided on the Dallas race at the beginning of December because I thought it would be a great time to do the race before the holidays, since December is a good time to take a break and rest your body. I am definitely glad the race is over and I can give my body a rest.
However, there are two half marathons on January 30, and I have my eye on signing up but I haven’t done it yet. I also haven’t tried a short run, but it’s a little too early for that.
I really want to do the Chevron Aramco Houston Half Marathon on that day, but registration is full. I also heard that it’s not a great spectator half marathon, and that was one part I really liked about Dallas.
If you hear of anyone selling their entry, I’m looking to buy!
The other one that day is in Austin, but I’d rather stay in Houston if I can get in.
I am also going to keep doing more yoga because I really think it helps with leg pains, and CrossFit to build strong muscles is important too! During the race when my feet got tired, I was thankful that other parts were still working hard, including my arms to keep swinging and my core to hold me up.
So that is my plan for the next two months, assuming a half marathon is added to the calendar.
What are your goals for the holidays?