I hope everyone in Sandy’s path is hunkered down and ready to ride out the storm. We are safe and sound here in Philly as the storm heads, well, directly toward us.
No big deal.
It literally takes a hurricane to force me to slow down.
Me, yesterday, completely wiped.
Some forced relaxation is just what the doctor ordered – especially one week (!!!) before the marathon. Finally! It’s marathon week.
Last week I didn’t sleep over 6 hours any night, which I know defeats the purpose of the taper. But being able to stay home today, catch up on some stuff, nap, and just zone out in front of the TV is like a gift from the marathon gods. So here’s what my taper is looking like:
|Sun 10/21:||12 Miles (Last LSR 8:30's) + Yoga (PM)|
|Mon 10/22:||Yoga (Easy)|
|Tues 10/23:||5 Miles, Treadmill Hills|
|Wed 10/24:||5 Miles, Strenth Training|
|Thurs 10/25:||45 Min Elliptical + Yoga (PM)|
|Fri 10/26:||5 Miles, Treadmill Intervals + Yoga|
|Sun 10/28:||6 Miles (w/ 10 min Intervals) + Yoga|
|Mon 10/29:||Yoga (SANDY)|
|Tues 10/30:||5 Miles (easy) + Yoga|
|Wed 10/31:||40 Min Elliptical + Yoga|
|Thurs 11/1:||5 Miles (easy) + Yoga|
|Fri 11/2:||40 Min Elliptical|
|Sat 11/3:||3 Miles (easy) + Stretch!|
I am getting so excited for the marathon. Last week I was pretty nervous because I knew I wasn’t getting the rest I needed and was on the verge of a cold all week. But thanks to Sandy and an impromptu day at home, I’m feeling back to normal and am ready for a smart race-prep week.
So what have I been up to that’s keeping me so busy? Well, on top of work, NaturaStride, and marathon training... a couple other exciting things:
Girls on the Run!
Girls on the Run is finally coming to Philadelphia in the Spring of 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with the program, Girls on the Run is a youth development program for pre-teen girls which combines training for a 5K with a curriculum that encourages self-respect and healthy lifestyles taught by volunteer GOTR coaches. I am the Council Director for Philadelphia County and have been leading the steering committee over the past 6 months dedicated to bringing this inspiring program to our city. I had no idea how much work was involved with establishing a non-profit, but am so glad we have taken on the challenge. We have a great group of women dedicated to bringing this program to the girls of Philadelphia. I can’t even imagine how rewarding it will be once we have girls running in the spring.
Anyways, last week, a few of us flew down to GOTR International’s headquarters down in Charlotte, NC for new council training. It was so fun to be surrounded with other women from all over the country (Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana) that share the same mission as we do. I learned so much, had some much needed girl-bonding time, and truly didn’t want to leave! To learn more about Girls on the Run International, please visit their website here, or check out Girls on the Run Philadelphia’s facebook page here.
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training!
You may or may not have noticed how I’m doing a ridiculous amount of yoga these days. It’s all for good reason: I’m in the process of obtaining my Registered Yoga Teacher 200-Hour certification. Becoming certified has been something I’ve been interested in for awhile now, and when the opportunity presented itself at a power yoga studio I love, I decided to seize the opportunity. (“If not now… when?”) I would love to teach a Vinyasa-style hot yoga class geared toward runners. However, the program has been much more than simply learning yoga postures. I have learned so much about human anatomy (LOVE!), meditation, breathing exercises, self-awareness, etc. We have also been learning about the history of yoga, the chakras, and other eastern mind/body theories, which I find incredibly interesting. If you have ever thought about yoga teacher training – definitely look into it, even if you aren’t interested in necessarily teaching classes in the future. It’s a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of yoga theories, posture alignment, self-reflection, etc.
As part of the training, we are required to practice 6 times per week, which seemed a bit overwhelming at first. However, all this yoga in tandem with marathon training is what I think is getting me to the starting line.
Anyways, that’s it! Now we’re all caught up. My week is pretty open, and I’m ready to take care of myself, rest, eat well, and just take it easy. And begin working in some extra carbs:
(This is the best way to eat a cupcake – in a bowl with a little almond milk poured on top. Heaven.)
I’ll be sure to check in later this week with marathon weekend plans!
Q: If Sandy is heading toward you, what are you doing to pass the time? Any race-week advice?
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