"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pure Barre + Yoga

Last weekend I took a small hiatus from running and tried two new workouts: Pure Barre 
and Candle-lit Yoga.

They were both pretty amazing. 

Pure Barre: 

This one was hard. Way harder than I anticipated it to be.  And that is exactly why I think I might go back again.  The hour flew by because even though you are doing such small movements, the pace is quick, the instructor was lively and helpful, and every 5-7 minutes or so you moved on to a new phase of the class.  I was also sore in a way that I didn't know was possible.  Not the big muscle kind of sore that you get after crossfit, but a small kind of sore that is everywhere.  I mean, everywhere.  And it's less overwhelming, but proof that you did, in fact, work every single tiny muscle in your body.

We had a great group of girls that tried it out together and the instructor (far left) was the sister of my friend!  Such a fun morning that was capped with some delicious mimosas.  If you're ever in Chicago, head to Pure Barre River North or Streeterville.  It's the place to be!  

Also, if the crazy klutz's that are my sister and I can do it, I promise, you can too! 

Gratitude Yoga's Candle-lit Class: 

This was a Sunday vinyasa class taught by an old acquaintance from high school.  The focus of the class is "gratitude" and it was really wonderful.  I'm a hard sell with yoga classes and rarely am a repeat customer.  I would definitely go back to this class.  It's the perfect way to end your weekend on a high note.  I felt stretched, peaceful, and happy walking out of there; ready to face the week! 

This year is all about exploring new ways to stay fit and so far I'm on a roll! Have any other ideas for me?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Running Report

In the month of April I ran 70 miles!  

That's about 5 more miles than March and about 25 more miles than February.  Overall, my goal is to increase my mileage and stay consistent with my workouts.  I was hoping to hit 80 miles, but with two weeks of travel and a busy schedule it just didn't happen.  That's just going to have to be OK for now. 

In addition to running, I've been adding in a lot of abs and plyometric workouts and I can tell!  My average per mile pace has dropped significantly.  I've always been about a 9:45 min per mile runner.  This past month my average per mile pace was 8:45-9:00 minutes per mile!! I don't think I've ever run that fast.  And these runs weren't short - there were three runs over 7 miles in a span of three weeks.  

I'm finally starting to feel like I'm making some progress!  Now let's see if I can keep the momentum going...

Here are some pictures from my April runs in Chicago. 

I also got a few runs in during my trip to NC.  Loved the weather and sunshine down there.  Didn't love the pollen quite as much, but I dealt with it.