Showing posts from April, 2014

Yoga Tuesday: Transitions

I'm nearing the end of my yoga teacher training and working on the lesson plan for my practicum. I had no problem coming up with my list of poses, or asanas, but I am struggling with the transitions. If one pose ends on the floor and the next starts standing, how do I get my students naturally and easily from the floor to standing?

As a yogi I struggle with transitions in my own practice. I am a type A goal oriented person and I focus more on the result than the process. Plank, updog, downdog..... bam, bam, bam. Yes, it looks like a sun salutation, but it feels jerky and disjointed. Even though I claim to do yoga for myself as a way to be good to my body and soul, I still clearly can't let go of my competitive nature.

In focusing on how my yoga classes will feel from the perspective of my students, I am realizing that by ignoring the transitions, I am cheating myself out of a better experience. Yoga is easier and so much more pleasant when it flows naturally.

Like it always doe…

Fees, Fees, Fees

I've gone to sign up for the Tri for the Y a few times, but every time I stop at the payment page. I just can't bring myself to pay that darn service fee.

I really like this race. It is a great early season triathalon- close to home, pool swim, well organized, and fun. While the registration is a little expensive, I don't mind because I think the Y is a good cause. It lets so many people who wouldn't be able to afford a regular gym have access to facilities where they can be active (which is especially critical during the long Maine winters). I've seen first hand how it creates a sense of community and provides a place for people to be active, engaged, and productive.

I don't like, but I understand, the USAT fee. Basically every tri includes this because being associated with USAT helps provide insurance for the event.

What gets me is the fee just to use the website to sign up. $9! There is no way it costs the site even close to $9 to process my registration. T…

Boston Marathon 2014

Yesterday morning I headed to Boston bright and early for the marathon. I am so lucky to live an easy 2 hour drive away! Even though I decided not to run, I felt like I needed to be there to support the runners, the city of Boston, and to prove that random acts of violence and hatred will not win.

I watched the race from the 10 mile mark in Natick. I decided to watch from that point because I used to live there so I know the easiest places to park and the best places to watch the race. Plus, I avoided the fray in the city and it was easy for me to hop on the highway after and head down to CT, where I am working this week.

I got there about 5 minutes before the elite women went by. As the first pack of women approached, a band behind me started playing God Bless America and I teared up for the first time (of many). I was so busy trying not to cry and cheering my brains out because Shalane was leading the women's pack, that I totally forgot to take any pictures!

After the elite wome…

Juice Til Dinner Reflections

Provided I don't go crazy and totally blow it today, I'll have made it through a week of Juice til Dinner.

I consider it a success because I drank my 4 juices a day, and stuck to my rules of
-Greatly reduce caffeine
-No sugar
-No gluten
-No dairy (except Greek yogurt)
-No meat

I did end up eating a little more food than I wanted, but I think that was because I kept up my high activity level. It was important to me to be able to continue my regular high intensity workouts through the week, so I was willing to eat more solid food than the program typically calls for. When I ate, it was generally because I was feeling dizzy and woozy, so I felt like I really needed the food. I found this schedule worked well for me: 
1/4 cup quinoa with 1/4 cup almond milk for breakfast before working out juice 1 post workout juice 2 11 am miso broth with a very small amount of tofu and juice 3 at 1pm juice 4 (and a brown rice cake with hummus if needed) at 3 pm Dinner at 5:30 pm Small bowl of gr…

Juice Til Dinner Day 1

I made it through day of my juice cleanse and I am feeling great! It wasn't easy, but it also wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

Monday night I met with my fellow juice cleansers and our coach, Emily, at the Public Market House. She gave us a whole workbook to use as a resource during the cleanse. This included the dinner recipes, the juice schedule, information about cleansing, and tips for successfully making it through the program. The thing I really like about her method is that it is all about setting you up for success.

Yes, it would be ideal to eliminate caffeine, but if giving up your coffee is going to make you so miserable that you quit all together, then go ahead and have some coffee. I really love my coffee, so I am allowing myself one cup (instead of my usual 2 or 3). I find that when I know I only get one, I really savor it!.

The program also recognizes, that juice alone might not get us through the day, especially if we are active. So, there are suggested …

Juice Till Dinner

I suppose I should start this by acknowledging that I am now a huge hypocrite. I always said that cleanses and juice fasts were stupid, and yet what am I about to embark on? A juice cleanse. 

I just feel like it's time for something drastic. I can just not kick my sugar addiction and am stuck in this terrible cycle. The more sugar I eat, the more I want. Plus, I've just gotten in this habit of reaching for food all the time- when I'm bored, when I'm stressed, when I'm lonely. The whole trying for moderation thing is just not working for me right now. 

But, I did do a lot of research and picked a very specific program. I am participating in the Juice Till Dinner program, offered by my favorite local juice cafe, the Maine Squeeze. So one, I know the juice will be fresh, made with local ingredients, and delicious. Two, it was designed by a certified health coach who provides support throughout the whole week. Three, you get to eat real food too. I don't think subsis…

I Got a Personal Trainer

This morning I had my first session with my personal trainer, Karen, and she kicked my butt! I've been thinking about getting a trainer for awhile and decided now was finally the time to do it.

-I'm done with marathon training for the year, so I don't have to worry about saving myself for long runs.

-While marathon training, I neglected strength training a bit. Now's the time to rebuild my strength and tone up for my wedding.

-I am bored with my workouts! I try to mix things up, but I still find myself doing the same thing over and over again. Bad for the brain and bad for the body.

-I need someone to push me that little extra bit. I'm good at getting myself to the gym, but when no one is there to hold me accountable its too easy to back off when it really starts to hurt.

-I want some company. I run and do most of my gym sessions by myself. I am tired of myself!

-I hope it will help me with nighttime eating. I'll be ashamed to admit to my trainer that I sat on t…

What's New With Me This Spring

Spring has finally sprung here in Maine!  The longer, warmer days have me filled with energy and ready for new challenges.

1. I'm back on the trails (well some of them). My trails have finally emerged from beneath the snow. Some of them are still too wet and muddy for running, but the Green Belt is perfect. This morning I did my first run on the wooded section heading to Wainwright fields. It's so nice to get off the roads!

2. I'm travelling again for work. After working entirely at home for more than a year, I am once again travelling. It is always a challenge to find enjoyable ways to get my workouts in when I am on the road. I can only do so many treadmill runs and elliptical sessions in the hotel gym. I recently downloaded the Workout Trainer by Skimble onto my i-pad and I love it! You can filter your workouts by time, intensity, and equipment available and even create your own from scratch. The app is free and I've really been impressed with it.

3. I'm back in …


Motivation and willpower are tricky things.

When it comes to regular exercise, I am golden. Just about everyday I get up and get my workout in right away. I don't struggle with doing it.

I do sometimes struggle with intensity, particularly when it comes to running. I'd much rather run for an hour at a comfortable pace than 20 minutes flat out (hence my hatred of the 5k). I can do a series of short intervals but I hate longer tempo workouts.

I know this is preventing me from getting faster. If I always run for an hour at a steady pace then all I will be good at is running an hour at a steady pace.

When it comes to food, I like "healthy" things so I don't struggle with getting enough fruits or vegetables or whole grains. However, I do struggle with stopping at a single portion and I have a raging sweet tooth. Once, I eat something sweet, I want more and more and more. I can manage these cravings for the most part during the day, but by evening, I've worn down m…

Why I'm Not Running the Boston Marathon

I struggled with whether or not to write a post about this. I was more tempted to just never write anything else about me running Boston this year and hope that you all forgot that I had that possibility. But, I feel like I owe you more honesty and transparency than that. Plus in a time where it seems like there is a constant to push to do more, I think that sometimes we all need a reminder that sometimes it is okay to do what is right for you.

Simply put, I am not physically, mentally, or socially ready to run Boston.

Physically, my body hurts lately. After the initial blissful month after Tokyo, where I felt like I was running on air, I've crashed hard. Everything seems to hurt and running is hard.

Mentally, that drive to push myself is just not there right now. If I was running Boston, I would have needed to get in a 16-20 mile run on Sunday. It was sleeting and windy and nasty out. All winter I ran for hours and hours in terrible weather. I'm done with that. I enjoyed a ni…