Phew! I’ve been busy since my last post. I am going to try to keep this post relatively short, although it is hard not to rave on and on about this awesome experience!
New #Brooks Sneakers from the #RunningRoom
First things first, I am so excited – my new sneakers came in!!! #RunningRoom gave me a call Monday and I went to pick them up after work on my way to hill training the next day. I have now worn them for hills training and a park run, and they have been awesome! The right shoes really do make a world of difference.
Hill Training # 4 (Tuesday)
Tuesday we hit the hills for another hill training session. We did repeats of 30 seconds sprinting, 30 seconds walking, but this week for 20 minutes. It was a tough workout. As much as I want to love the hills, I really don’t (yet?). But I know it’s important and I know I need to just keep working at it. Hopefully with time and training, hills and I will come to terms with one another… (stay tuned)
Yoga @ TAYS (Thursday)
On Thursday, a few of us went to TAYS Yoga on Quinpool for the ‘Yoga for All Levels’ class. We were joined by Sue Newhook, Event Services Director for Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. It was a great class full of stretching, strength, balance, and relaxation. I find that I am really enjoying yoga while I am doing it (whereas some of the other exercises – yes, hills, I am talking about you – I fight through but only find enjoyment/satisfaction when I am finished. I am finding that yoga is a great way to clear my mind and just focus on stretching out tight muscles, seeing what my body can do, and not falling over
This time, we made sure to get a group photo before leaving:
Extra Hill Training (Thursday)
Although I really don’t love the hills, after running up that hill the Saturday before at Point Pleasant Park, I know that hill is going to be a huge hurdle for me during our run come race weekend. So, after yoga, a few teammates headed over to Citadel Hill to do some extra hill training. It wasn’t any easier than Tuesday, the wind was blowing fiercely down the hill making it hard to breathe and run up the hill, but we gav’er and finished strong by running all the way from the bottom to the top for photo proof.
As you can see, the wind had a mind of it’s own, but we were still smiling:
Park Run # 5 (Saturday)
Saturday came quickly. This time we were doing repeats of 6 minutes running & 1 minute of walking for 45 minutes and the route we ran was a portion of the street route we will be running on race weekend. I was lucky enough to get to run with Jo-Ann McNamara, Kelly Loder, and Carlee Portolesi and I think this was my best run yet! I can actually say that during this run, I felt like a runner. I wasn’t gasping for air, my feet weren’t hurting (yay new #Brooks!), and I really, really enjoyed it.
360 Fit (Sunday)
On Sunday morning, we woke up to a blanket of snow and I just wanted to roll over and have a lazy Sunday sleep-in. BUT a group of Team Mylers had made plans to attend a Bootcamp class at #360fit so I dragged my butt out of bed and headed over. (And I am so thankful I did!) I know we were all nervous going into it, and I’m not going to lie, it was not easy. I was a dripping, sweaty mess within the first few minutes and my poor non-existent arm muscles were screaming for mercy after only a few reps, but we had a great instructor that led us through an awesome workout and a great team that made it a lot of fun. Afterwards, I felt incredible; I was physically tired of course, but I was so proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone, trying something new, and giving it my all. I am so thankful for experiencing yet another amazing part of this Team Myles experience – #360fit. We are so blessed to have this amazing team and incredible sponsors that offer their services, assistance, and support throughout our training journey. This was my first time at #360fit and I am already planning my next workout!
Proof we made it out alive and smiling