I’m so excited to say that after 2 long months of not running I’M BACK!
I’d been testing my shins/calf over the past couple weeks by speed walking and doing run/walk intervals and to my delight didn’t have any pain. I felt pretty confident that after such a long break I may be ready to return to training and wanted to test my theory with a couple short runs then did a 6 miler with my mom and Bryce last weekend and you guys…completely pain free.
Now let’s be honest here because my shins/calf may have felt great but DAMN did I feel out of shape haha! No joke, 2 miles into my run I was out of breath and my legs felt like they weighed 948759 lbs.
Getting back into shape is going to be challenging but I’m determined to come back stronger than ever and focus on a healthy training plan for the Lululemon SeaWheeze half I have coming up in August. Right now my only goal for this race is to run it smart, listen to my body, soak in the beautiful views of Vancouver and have some fun- more on my training plan and everything in the next couple weeks.
Taking your first hot yoga class can be intimidating.
I remember being absolutely terrified to take my first class. I didn’t know what to bring, what to expect or what half of the poses were called and my first experience ended up being an absolute disaster.
To get some tips on surviving your first hot yoga class check out this post but I think another part of making your first experience in hot yoga the best it can be is knowing proper hot yoga etiquette. Veteran yogi’s know this etiquette since they practice it multiple times a week but for newbies this whole yoga concept may be completely foreign.
Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging.
Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run?
I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc.
Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.
I’m 3 weeks into Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan and all I keep thinking to myself is why the hell did I not try this plan YEARS ago.
When I started running I had no idea what I was doing and created my own training plans that were centered around a weekly long run and 1-2 recovery runs. I figured the best way to get better at distance running was to run long distances over and over again right? WRONG! I would end up blowing out my legs and being too sore for any other running.
My crazy training plans worked because I’ve now completed 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon BUT I have never felt in any of these races that I could have gone any faster. My body was so use to running the same speed over and over and over pushing the pace wasn’t even an option.
I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.
I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!
So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?
I mentioned on Monday that I have 3 half marathons coming up: La Jolla Half, Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego and then SeaWheeze. My goal for these races is going to be to achieve a PR of 1:45:00 or less so a pretty intense training schedule is going to be necessary.
With an increase in training intensity also comes necessary adjustments in my diet. I learned some VERY valuable lessons training for my marathon last year and am still dealing with the consequences of over training and denying my body necessary nutrients.
For this next training cycle I’m going to make a point to honor my body and really pay attention if I’m feeling weak, extra sore, unmotivated, pains..etc. If that happens I’m not going to feel bad taking a rest day (or two). As for food not consuming enough healthy fats was a major issue that lead to my hormones getting completely thrown off. I’ve been to many doctors appointments and have done a lot of reading on my own on the importance of healthy fats for athletes and it really inspired me to write this post.
Before you all start rolling your eyes as you read this I’ll admit as a native San Diegan I’m a baby when it comes to the weather.
Seriously, the second there’s a cloud and it drops below 60 I’m miserable.
But I’m not exaggerating that we’ve been getting SO MUCH rain this Winter. My usual running trails are flooded, some of my speed workouts have been nearly impossible due to high winds and a few times there’s even been thunderstorms. Rough life…I know haha.
So whats a girl to do in rainy weather when they have a 15k in less than a month and 3 half marathons looming in the near future?
Guess who just finished their first double digit run of 2017?!?!?
ME!!! (and Bryce and my mom)
So quick story…I came straight home after trail running this morning and was so excited and proud of our mini running group I totally forgot to properly stretch and instead ate 5 oranges and some steak then headed out to the pool to enjoy this very unusual 80 degree weather we’re having in San Diego.
Fastforward 2 hours…I can hardly walk. Rookie mistake..ALWAYS properly stretch after long distance running. Especially when you are working up to distances you haven’t ran in errrrr 6 months? I should seriously know this by now haha!
Last Saturday I finally worked up the courage to try an Orangetheory Fitness class!
I know it sounds silly but trying new fitness classes is very intimidating for me. I still have never taken a barre class, never tried crossfit, never taken spin…yet am 100% comfortable taking yoga in a 110 degree room haha.
BUT with my yoga instructor out of town I figured it was the perfect time to take advantage of the free class Orangetheory Fitness offers to try the workout. To help ease your nerves if you’ve been thinking about trying Orangetheory Fitness too I wanted to breakdown how it works, what to bring, give both Bryce and I’s experiences and more.
Anddddddd I’m officially off of work for 5 days and am so ready to kick back, relax and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
With that being said today also begins my blogging vacation. I won’t be posting until after the holidays (January 3rd) so if you simply can’t wait until then to get your dose of Live Lean Eat Green you can follow me on Instagram, Snapchat (@dlbecker) and Facebook.
I think it’s so important to take time to disconnect from social media, blogs, celebrity gossip websites and really the internet in general. One of my biggest pet peeves is when you are in a room with people you haven’t seen in months and instead of talking and enjoying each other’s company everyone has their heads down on their phones. REALLY PEOPLE?!?