GOOOOD MORNING! I am getting really excited AND nervous for my race! I definitely dreamt about crossing that finish line last night! 🙂
Time for…. POWER BREAKFAST! It’s not just the pre-race dinner that counts, it’s the whole day before!
I "healthed up" French toast by using 3 egg whites as opposed to whole eggs…. delish!
Using egg whites seemed to make the French toast most "crunchy" as opposed to soggy. I’m usually too cheap to toss out half an egg, but the improved taste was worth it!
On the side I ate my last remaining banana…. time to go to the store! 🙂
And, of course, real maple syrup for dipping and a coffee. I feel AWAKE and FUELED now!
I’m off to my yoga class, and then I’ll be back for lunch!
Yoga for Runners
I’ve never been a diehard practitioner of yoga, but I’ve been known to break into a dogward dog in the middle of my work day in order to relax. 🙂 And, of course, I love to stretch and relax! So far, I’ve tried two different types of yoga:
- Bikram Yoga: Bikram yoga, or "hot yoga," is preformed in a sauna heated from 95 to 102 degrees. Bikram yoga is a series of 26 postures, each performed twice. You burn LOADS of calories! The key to Bikram is wear as… little… clothing… as… possible. It’s too hot for more than a sports bra and little shorts. You also want to drink a lot of water before, during, and after class–you literally drip sweat. Bring a towel!
- Ashtanga Yoga/Power Yoga/Vinyasa Yoga: Each of these three styles links poses together in a long, choreographed, rapidly moving sequence. No breaks! You’ve got to know what you’re doing before you go to class, or it’s hard to gracefully "flow" in between positions. Start off with a introductory course. Personally, I like this style more than hot yoga.
Yoga has numerous mental and physical health benefits. It’s a great tool for runners as it increases body flexibility and endurance. Mentally, it prepares you for physical challenges and releases stress. Don’t worry about being unfamiliar with the poses; yoga is a judge-free zone! 🙂
Don’t have a studio to go to? Watch this video to learn some introductory yoga poses to try out after your next run. They make my legs feel SO limber!
Anyone else out there use yoga as part of a training program?