First Yogalates class

Yoga class count: 21
Yogalates class count: 1
Spin class count: 12
C210K days count: 2 of 42
Days this week on Fitness: 1/5

I took my first yoga-pilates-fusion class today, and it was absolutely brutal. Besides my core strength being wanting, the class made me feel simultaneously heavy and flabby, weak, and completely incapable of endurance. I was told there would be variations for beginners, but the (admittedly entertaining) instructor was having none of that–it was drill after drill. I felt like passing out in the middle of class and couldn’t think straight. Sweat was pouring down my face a quarter of the way in, and I took a look at the mirror right after class; my hair was in complete disarray with a very flushed face.

I can’t tell how much of this was from also being tired at the end of the work day + still going through caffeine withdrawal (did I mention it’s been about a week since I’ve given up coffee?). However, this was how I felt on Spin Class Day One, so I’m going to give myself a couple more classes to see if I can acclimatize to it.

Push your limits–don’t get comfortable–this is when you improve.

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Changing attitudes

I’m starving now, it’s 1:30am, I’m in bed, and I’m going to go to sleep hungry because it’s okay. This is probably because I went for a run. Running seems to make me ravenous.

Today I had: a medium size neopolitan pizza with meat and artichokes and olives (likely at least 1500 calories), a veggie/fruit smoothie, a quarter of an apple, and a mandarin orange. More than enough food.

C210K journey

Yoga class count: 21
Spin class count: 12
C210K days count: 2 of 42
Days this week on Fitness: 5 *WEEKLY GOAL REACHED*

So I signed up for a 10K race in April 2016, sort of impulsively because that’s how I make all my big decisions, for better or for worse. (I do have a pro/con list in the back of my head, but ultimately it comes down to how I feel in the moment that I take the action. I have no idea if this means other people are better at lying to themselves about their decision-making habits or if I’m just super impulsive. I digress..)

I’ve tried the Couch to 5K thing before, and did get to week three or four where I had noticeably improved, but I had to stop last time because I had gotten insane shin splints that kept me limping when I walked for over two months. Shin splints are no joke–my bones did feel like they were fractured. So for some reason I thought it would be great to aim for 10K this time.. I downloaded the 10 Trainer app to start, which is fantastic because it also lets you play music while still giving you voice cues for when to start running/start walking. Today was day two of 42 days. I’m aiming to cover the 42 days in about 20 weeks as I’ve got yoga and spin classes mixed up in there, and I’m aiming for five days of exercise a week, to allow my body time to recover between workouts.

In an attempt to avoid the shin splints that I dealt with in my last attempt to try running, I’ve started working on my running form. It turns out I’m a heel striker, which is a huge no-no when it comes to running. Who knew. It feels the most natural way to run for me.

Goals for the upcoming C-10K days:

  • Focus on landing mid-sole, with your foot directly underneath your body with every step. Keep your arm swing low and short, so your feet stay underneath you and close to the ground. Try to keep your steps light and quick, as if you’re stepping on hot coals. 
  • Do more of these post-workout stretches. The calf stretches are surprisingly refreshing.