Wednesday, September 18, 2013

yoga wednesdays and dark runs.

I have been doing yoga off and on since i was about 14! ( yes, my mom drove me and picked me up, so what?) and i have always viewed yoga as a great stress reliever and an opportunity for much needed stretching. I'm not very persistent on stretching before/after runs or even in general, so yoga allows me to focus on spending a whole of doing just that!

There are many different types and practices of yoga, however I have really enjoyed Vinyasa Yoga, more commonly known as flow or power yoga. It is a little faster moving sequence than your normal yoga class. I absolutely LOVE my yoga teacher as well....she really understands that everyone's needs are different in the class, everyone's levels are different, and that's O.K. she also focuses a lot on breathing, which is so important for any type of exercise that you may be involved in.  she also plays really cool and unique music.

Last night Rachel, my running buddy, and I ventured out into the dark to run. we both have really busy schedules, so by the time we are ready to exercise it is normally dark. --side note---can't wait for daylight savings time!!--

i know, i know, "running in the dark is not safe". :you are going to get run over by a car". "someone is going to snatch you!" i know all these things exist, so i try to do my best to be as visually as possible during these dark runs.

this is the result. headlamp + reflector vest + glow garmin watch + plus iphone + running buddy= safe jordan.

do you think i could have run with anymore things connected on me? 

Friday, September 13, 2013

6 weeks and going strong into Fall.

guys...fall is COMING. This morning when i stepped outside, i could just smell the fall air and got excited.

I got excited for many reasons: football, chili, running in long sleeves, hot coffee drinks, snuggling in blankets, etc. I was so giddy.  I've been doing a fairly good job keeping up with my pre-training for the next half. Doing the best I can with busy schedules, rain, social activities :)

I've been pretty pleased this week, logging in 6 days of workouts and 7 miles total. Seems like such a small number in comparison to what I will be running in just a few weeks, but every milestone you have to celebrate! :)

This week I was able to run with my sweet friend Rachel. She was the 1st person i ever ran 20 min straight with! It was when I was just a BABY runner, learning and training to run my first 5k. it's amazing to see how we have grown and changed since then. Rachel has always loved running, and i'm amazed that she can run without an ipod or any music. auh-mazed. I have to have some music or i wouldn't make it. It's been really nice running with her and we plan to have many more runs in the future :)

last night, i ran with my dog running buddy, Gus. He logged in his longest run to date-- 2 miles! i really think he could have gone on a longer run because he was so hyped up even after the run. I can't wait to see how far he can go! he loves it. i love it long as he doesn't try to lick ever person we run by.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

struggles in the mornings

Why is it SO incredible hard for me to get up and do my run in the morning? is it just me?? because on my way to work every morning i see all the other runners getting up and doing their run, why can't I?

I'm fine with getting up early, but i guess running first thing in the morning is just not very appealing to me.
however, with my very busy social schedule i'm going to HAVE to start running in the mornings. Also day light's savings time about to end, and there goes my evening sun  :(

well this week, i DID get up 1 morning and run. and it was def. worth it. it was cooler, i got it knocked out of the way, and i felt great afterwards. but i know this habit won't last.

oh well. i'll keep trying until it becomes habit...that's how it works right?