I never thought I’d wake up on a Saturday morning and look forward to running! Never! But it’s happened. We went on our first ‘long run’ and I got through the whole thing! Whoot!
Saturday morning ‘long run’
Long Run: Day 1
Our first week out we did 2 & 1’s … 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking, we were told it was going to be 1 & 1’s to start but that tricksy Devin switched it at the last minute. And we all did it!! I felt great afterwards, and I felt really supported during the run too. It’s funny how Devin and the mentors just “happen” to appear when you’re starting to struggle (it’s like they have a radar!) and with just a few kind or motivating words, you feel like you can push just that little bit further.
After all was said and done, one of our mentors Tanya Wagner- Wile whipped out some protein snacks she made for us. They were delicious and she’s freakin’ adorable!
What I learned: Runners are actually the nicest people! And I’m not just talking about the #TeamMyles folks, I mean everyone. You’re greeted with a big smile and a “Good Morning” every time you pass another runner, it’s very cool.
Tanya is adorable!
Long Run: Day 2
I kept pretty busy my second week… maybe a little TOO busy before my body was ready for it because my knee started to hurt on Friday. There was never a moment where I thought “oh, I just did something to my knee” or a sudden pain, it just sort of snuck up on me.
By Saturday morning it was still pretty sore, so I ran (slowly and gently) when I could and walked when I felt like I needed to.
I can’t say this enough, but the absolute best thing about being a part of #TeamMyles is the support system. Not only did a few of the mentors check in with me during the run, but Devin ran the last few minutes with me and when I got to the group, I was greeted by high fives, pats on the back and concerned new friends asking how I was feeling. It’s kind of awesome!
Devin showed me some stretches to do and we made a time line, if it’s not feeling better by Tuesday I’m going to reach out to Paul at LifeMark and let him know what’s going on. (It looks like I’ll be getting in touch since it’s Monday and I still hurt but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel awesome!)
OH AND Tanya gave us all handy dandy ice packs after our run. Seriously, adorable.
What I learned: Tanya is totally our #TeamMom! That even though my knee is sore, I want to do this more than ever!! I’m really starting to like the feeling of accomplishment after a run. And I just want to #givr (but I’m learning the hard way that it’s super important to pace yourself)
So I went to see Paul last week to have my feet assessed, and he told me I have very balanced feet. Score! I’m weirdly proud of that… as though it’s some sort of accomplishment. haha
He recommended a few different pairs of runners for me that will be donated to the team by Brooks and the Running Room. Again, we’re totally spoiled right?!
What I learned: I will literally take anything as a complement! Oh thank you, I’ve worked hard on my balanced feet. haha
Our sponsors are seriously amazing!
On Thursday evening a bunch of us went to a Beginner Yoga class at Therapeutic Approach Yoga class and it was phenomenal. Our instructor Alex Stratas was really great and I think everyone felt a little less achey and a lot more peaceful when we left. Our #TeamMyles Nutritionist Coleen Nolan joined us for the class and it was great to chat with her a bit afterward. I’m excited to make TAYS Yoga a regular part of my week and to chat with Coleen more about healthy food choices.
What I learned: That I really missed yoga in my life.
That savasana is seriously amazing (I forgot how much I loved it)
360 -Day 1
A few of us went to a Boot Camp Class last Monday and I got my butt kicked! Swanzette, Crystal, and Jo-Ann killed it, and I laid on the floor. Seriously, there were times I couldn’t lift my own body weight. But our instructor, Emily was awesome. And very patient with me while I giggled
my way though during my attempt at burpees.
360 – Day 2
I went back for a second Boot Camp Class on Friday morning. You guys, I JUST got the ability to lift my arms again on Friday morning… and then I went back for MORE! Bananas. I know.
I had Peter as an instructor this time and he, too, was fantastic. Again, there were times when I said “nope, nope, nope” and just kind of melted to the floor clutching my water… and he was super patient about it. And he made sure to show me how to hold the band thingies that hang off the wall properly for the million different exercises we did with them. (Can’t you tell I’m a total pro at this by all the technical jargon I use?)
What I learned: Burpees are the tool of the devil. Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment. Everyone at 360 is super nice and supportive, and very patient (And so freakin’ FIT have you SEEN those people?).
That I really want to get through a class without having to stop and die.
This was long. I’m chatty.
Check back soon to find out what happens with my knee (Dunn dunn DUNN cliff-hanger I know.) and how our #TeamMyles fitting goes at the #RunningRoom for our fancy new #BrooksRunning shoes.