Thursday, February 7, 2013

Really Great Day

Recent workouts
Tuesday:
—5 mile interval workout
—30 minutes of yoga using my Shiva Rea: Daily Energy DVD

Wednesday:
—1.5 mile recovery run to get the blood flowing through my muscles
—60 minute hot yoga sculpt class

Thursday:
—10 mile medium-long run
—60 minute warm (85°F) yoga class

I was going to try to post yesterday, but my day wound up being really busy.  I got in a short recovery run to try to help speed recovery from my interval workout on Tuesday, then headed to a job interview that I had at 10, which lasted about an hour or so.  I spent the rest of the afternoon running errands until I headed to a hot yoga sculpt class (at Yoga by Degrees in Wheaton, IL, my first time there).  I was pretty stressed out from my day, so it was nice to get in a little bit of yoga, although the sculpt class was a lot more cardio and jumping around than my usual vinyasa classes and also used weights.  This class was really warm and humid; I was sweating just sitting on my mat before class.  I am glad I tried something new, though.  I enjoyed switching up my yoga routine. 

Today I did a 10 mile medium-long run on the treadmill.  I'm trying to increase my mileage for my spring marathon and want to start including medium-long runs in my training in addition to my long runs because I think they really helped me mentally prepare for running the full marathon distance in the past.  I felt really good running at my long run pace, even better than I did when I ran 11 miles on Sunday.  I was really pleased with how the run went and how good I felt.  Today was one of the first days in a long time that I felt like my training had actually worked to help me become a better runner.

Coming off of my good run high, I headed back to Yoga by Degrees to check out one of their vinyasa classes.  Because I'm new to the studio, I'm not really sure how difficult their classes of various levels are, so I decided to try a Level 2 class, which was perfect for what my body was ready for after the 10 mile run.  The class was great and I almost got down into the splits, the closest I've come in years.  A+ for yoga today.

The yoga studio was in the same strip mall as a Whole Foods, so I decided to stop by and pick up a few things and grab some lunch.  I'd never been to this Whole Foods, so I was really excited when I discovered that they have fish tanks in their dining area.  As a marine biologist, I had to sit next to the saltwater tank, of course.

Loving the sea urchin and live coral.

I decided to grab some of their vegetable sushi made with brown rice and some iced green tea, which I enjoyed while watching the fish swim around.  Also, the Whole Foods had copies of Competitor magazine in the dining area.  Major score.

Vegetable sushi.  One of my favorite Whole Foods treats.

Today has been so relaxing and fulfilling.  The weather is cold and rainy and kinda crappy, but I don't even care because I've accomplished so much today.  So, I'm just going to enjoy the rest of my day and read through my new, free magazine.

How is your Thursday going?
What's your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Do you prefer saltwater or freshwater fish tanks?
 

12 comments:

  1. I love my mid-week medium long runs! I think they're so so important in marathon training and really help with learning how to run fatigued (both mentally and physically!). I had one scheduled for today but I pushed it to tomorrow due to the weather. 11 miles on the treadmill sounded awful to me this morning...

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    1. Yeah, I did my 10 on the treadmill because of all of the freezing rain nastiness, but it wasn't too bad. Good luck getting yours in tomorrow!

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  2. Hey Beth! Thursday is going well, thanks! 7 mile run and strength workout done and now testing my son on state capitals! I wish my Whole Foods had fish tanks. I'd definitely go for the saltwater tank. Beautiful fish!

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    1. Nice job on your workouts! You're so good to help your son with his memorization. I'm sure that will help him get things done.

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  3. I love sushi, I am thinking I will have that for lunch tomorrow!

    Glad you had a strong run, and looks like a lovely day with the yoga!! I did some shoulder stands and other yoga stretches this morning after my run and they felt amazing.

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    1. Shoulder stands are great for running recovery. It's like a variation on legs up the wall. I really love finishing with plow to stretch out my back. Feels great. :)

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  4. That sushi looks delicious! I'm a wimp when it comes to sushi, but it always looks so food when my husband orders it!

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    1. Have you tried the vegetable sushi? My fiance thought he hated sushi until he tried some avocado and cucumber rolls I had and now he loves veggie sushi.

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  5. Haha I LOVE when the gym or salon has magazines I don't subscribe to, it feels like an indulgence!

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    1. Me too, especially if they are trashy magazines that I would be too embarassed to buy.

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  6. I love my midweek "long" runs, but due to time they are usually only about 8 miles each.

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    1. Yeah, it's tough to fit them in if you're time constrained. Last year I would get up at 4 or 4:30 AM to make sure I was done in time.

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