Days 50-57: Hiatus & a 10K!

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The past week I have been awful at blogging, okay at yoga and great at running because…

I finished my 10K yesterday in less than an hour! After months of training, I completed my 10k even though there was freezing rain! The run went by lots of DC monuments, like the Jefferson Memorial and the Kennedy Center, which was really fun. The beauty also helped distract me from the few moments where I felt tired. Overall, I was incredibly focused, but every so often that little  voice would come in and tell me that I needed to stop for a second or walk. But I pushed through. When I hit that last mile and there was freezing rain pelting my face, I felt stronger than I had the entire run. I don’t know what that little doubtful voice was or where it comes from, but the run taught me that motivation beats it out. When I crossed the finish line, I really felt like I could do anything. I am really proud of myself. Running this 10k showed me that hard work and a good attitude can really help you achieve anything. 🙂

My friend Rebecca and I after the race!
My friend Rebecca and I after the race!

As for my yoga, I went off and on this past week, as my focus really was on my 10k and adequately preparing and resting for that. But I did attend a new studio, Dancing Mind, and I loved the classes– the best part? They give you cold lavender towels for savasana!  I went there twice last week and it was great.

After the race I did a good stretch at home, and today I attended my favorite Power Yoga class where I focused on stretching and releasing. Now that my 10k is out of the way (and I’m already thinking about the next race!), I am back to yoga. I almost considered calling the past week a “hiatus” and starting at Day 50, but I realized that wouldn’t be truthful. It’s called a yoga journey for a reason, no?

This next month I am focusing on arm and core strength. Let’s see what a month of dedication to that brings me! Time to finish strong! Pun intended 🙂

90 Days of Namaste: Day 49: After the Finish Line

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Okay, the name of this post is a little misleading because I haven’t run my 10k yet, but today I ran 6 miles for the first time ever(!) and my yoga class was called “After the Finish Line.”

I am really happy with my running progress and my yoga practice! Today, this 15 minute post-run stretch by one of my favorite teachers, Taylor Harkness, was perfect for what I needed, physically and time wise. I noticed little things about myself, like Runner’s Stretch didn’t hurt my quads as much, and I can arch a little deeper in Downward Dog. These are seemingly small improvements, but just like my cardio progress, show that all this yoga is really paying off. Slow but steady wins the race, right? Except for my actual 10k next week of course 😉

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Video of the Day: After the Finish Line 

90 Days of Namaste: Days 46-48

Phrase of the Days: Patience3c4b984061c4ef620acc63df89832d37

The past three days shook out like this:

Day 46: Meditation in my snowy park! Loved it! Small but it felt good to practice yoga mindfulness.

Day 47: An awesome class on YogaGlo by Taylor Harkness, called “You Got This!” I simply love him, and I was proud of myself for doing yoga for a solid hour 🙂

Day 48: Quickly Start Your Day Right from YogaGlo. Didn’t love the class, but I’m glad I made it to the mat.

Now back to face this blizzard outside!

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Videos of the Day(s): You Got This! & Quickly Start Your Day Right

90 Days of Namaste: Day 44: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Word of the Day: Body

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Marilyn doing yoga? Obsessed!

Today I did a class I’ve been wanting to do for a longtime– a YogaGlo class called Open Shoulders, Strengthen Core. It was exactly what it sounds like and just what I needed. It challenged my practice in a new way, and reminded me of the yoga classes I really love. Plus my shoulders felt great all day! I’m inspired for tomorrow already 🙂

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Video of the Day: Open Shoulders, Strengthen Core 

90 Days of Namaste: Day 43: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Word of the Day: Strength

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Today I went to my gym’s Power Yoga class (my personal favorite) and it felt difficult but also easier than before. How is this possible? My guess is that I am going deeper in the poses (easier!) but in turn, meeting a new “edge” (difficult). I sweated, grunted, and almost cried, but I also physically felt my body open up more than ever  before. It was a big reminder that yoga really is a “slow and steady” sport. It takes lots of time to reach certain progress points, which can frustrate me at times. But I’m reminded that with every class, I’m closer to achieving my goals than ever before. My current yoga goals?

1) Be able to hold crow pose

2) Complete a headstand

3) Move from bridge to full-wheel.

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Video of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Days 39-42: Bad at Blogging, Better At Yoga

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Bad news: I haven’t been blogging every day like I meant to.

Good news: I have done yoga everyday! Which is far more important, in my book.

My practices haven’t been as long as I’ve anticipated, but I’ve noticed even doing 10 minutes consistently makes such a difference. Additionally, every day I did something a little different (twisting practice one day, meditation the other), and each class sincerely benefitted me.

My goals from here on out (the last 45 days of this challenge) are to do yoga longer on certain days. Starting tomorrow I’m going to pick out my YogaGlo classes in advance and schedule them on my calendar as such, like what I do with my weekly classes at my gym. Because if I pencil in an hour long class, I’ll actually do it.

Two weeks until my 10k. Six until this challenge is over, but let’s be real, it’s now become a daily part of my life. And that is amazing.

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Videos of the Days(!):

1) Let’s Twist Again

2) A New Salute to the Sun

3) Midnight Meditation for Mamas

4) Post-Run Stretch

90 Days of Namaste: Day 36: Practice!

Word of the Day: Practice
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This morning I went to my weekly Power Yoga class, and it started with a bit of chaos. I was a little late to class, and overall, I just felt weak. Until the end.

I was able to do the straightest shoulder stand I’ve ever done! It was a great way to end a class in which I felt “Blah” until then. It was a reminder that progress comes with practice, and I will most definitely be keeping it up.

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Video of the Day: None!

90 Days of Namaste: Days 34 & 35: Day & Night

Phrase of the Day(s): Day & Night
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The past two days have been quick yoga ones…I didn’t parcel out the time I wanted to for yoga, but I did keep up my 10k training! On Saturday I did a fabulous morning practice called Wake Up, Rockstar! Today, I did a great nightside one called “Evening Openers.”

What I love about these classes is that they’ve reminded me of why consistency is key in yoga–not so much constraint; what I mean is, doing these 15 minute videos in totally different parts of the day has seemed to be more beneficial then slaving away in the weight room for an hour every day. Both are consistent, but yoga is fluid. It works for my day and heightens my mood. I’m glad I’ve made this a daily practice, because even in short increments, it makes a difference to me.

I still wish I was better at waking up early in the morning (so I can actually do the hour of yoga I want to everyday), but I have a little over 50 days to make that happen 🙂

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Videos:

Wake Up Rockstar! from YogaGlo

Evening Openers from YogaGlo

90 Days of Namaste: Day 33: Om

Word of the Day: Om

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Short yoga day, good day, my resilience is getting stronger.

Life is a process and yoga is definitely helping.

Fell in love with this YogaGlo teacher Taylor–definitely will be taking more classes of his.

Namaste 🙂

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Class of the Day: A Bedtime Story and a Warm Glass of Milk (seriously!) from Yoga Glo

90 Days of Namaste: Day 33 = Height

Phrase of the Day: Stand Tall

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Today I did my kickboxing class and followed it up with a 45 minute class called “Stand Tall.” It was all about standing poses. Honestly at some points, I was bored beyond measure, but near the end of the class, I could feel a definite energy shift, especially around my heart chakra. It was great balance work, and I’m sore now, which is a good feeling 🙂

I’m glad I did a 45 minute class…I want to prove to myself that I can do a class longer than 30 minutes when I’m at home. Tomorrow I plan on waking up early to do a full hour(!). More on that in eight hours….time for bed.

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Class of the Day:

Stand Tall from Yoga Glo