This week has been all about trying new things for me. On Thursday, I attended my very first Yoga class at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio (TAYS) on Quinpool Road. (http://www.yogastudio.ns.ca/) As one of the Team Myles sponsors, they are graciously offering unlimited classes to us while we are in training. I have never been to a Yoga class before, so why not head to a beginner Yoga class? Our instructor was Mike and he was incredibly welcoming to us. As we went through the class, he would give us individual tips and hints on how to get into better position. It was so helpful. I learned that I am not very flexible, but the stretch I did get out of the class was lovely. The downside for me with Yoga was that I found it way too quiet and because of that I wasn’t able to fully relax. I’m the type that likes to do more lively exercising. Yoga may not turn out to be my thing, but I see how others love it. I felt great the next day, so I definitely want to give classes another chance.
After Yoga, I joined another Team Myles member at Citadel Hill and we ran 30 seconds/walked 30 seconds for 16 minutes. Although it was super windy on the hill and was hard to catch our breath, it felt AMAZING to finish the run. I am no longer scared to attack the hill on Tuesday nights.
On Friday, my friends and I attended a Zumbathon fundraiser where we did Zumba for two hours. It’s another activity I have never done before. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly, I made it through the entire two hours. I tell you, I haven’t sweat that much in a long time, but man did it feel great after! I loved the dance aspect of Zumba and would like to try it again.
Saturday was Team Myles run day. We met at Point Pleasant Park and were finally able to run in the park. The perk is that part of the 10K goes through there, so we got to run part of the route. The group is on 5 minutes run/1 minute walk. In my mind, there was no way I could do that so I set my interval timer to 3 minutes run/1 minute walk. My mentor and another Team Myles member looked at me and said put your timer away, let’s just do what we can. ‘Surrrrrre’, I said and off we went. Shockingly, I ran the first 5 minutes pretty easily. We kept going with 5&1 until we hit a hill that looked bigger than Mount Everest. We had been running for about 4 minutes when we got there and I thought I was going to die. We walked up the hill and by the end I didn’t think I would ever catch my breath.
I was still huffing and puffing, but my mentor said it was run time. A weird thing happened, I started running and my breathing regulated. We were able to run another 5 minutes! I never thought that would happen. We walked for 1 more minute and then started running the homestretch to the finish. We were about a KM away from the end and the route was downhill then flat. The three of us were feeling awesome after 5 more minutes running that we decided to skip the walking. We ended up running 15 minutes straight to the end. Four weeks ago, I would have never thought it would be possible. I didn’t believe people when they said I would get stronger quickly. Running in the 10K might not be such a pipe dream anymore.