GOOOOD MORNING! I am getting really excited AND nervous for my race! I definitely dreamt about crossing that finish line last night! šŸ™‚

 

Time for…. POWER BREAKFAST!  It’s not just the pre-race dinner that counts, it’s the whole day before!

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I "healthed up" French toast by using 3 egg whites as opposed to whole eggs…. delish!

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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! šŸ™‚

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And, of course, real maple syrup for dipping and a coffee.  I feel AWAKE and FUELED now!

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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.  šŸ™‚ 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! šŸ™‚

 

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?

{ 7 comments }

 

  • Anne P October 3, 2008, 8:39 am

    although, i do like the stretches in the video you posted and will remember them for after runs! i’ve never had those done in a yoga class i’ve attended, but have heard of those stretches before as being good for runners.

  • Jordan October 3, 2008, 8:47 am

    No, of course not! I’m going to be working all weekend anyway. My normal days off recently have been Thursdays and Fridays, soooooo. I’m off today, but I have a crap ton of cooking to do. Oh well, at least it’ll make for a fun blog entry =P

  • Patty M. October 3, 2008, 8:55 am

    I go to a 90 min. hot yoga class every Sunday morning and LOVE it! It is relaxing yet challenging and is a great calorie burn. For anyone looking for a more challenging style of yoga, a bikram/hot class is a good option!

  • Anonymous October 3, 2008, 8:55 am

    I prefer pilates over yoga becuase you get the stretching and the strengthening.. this week I am going to be trying the pilates reformer and the tower classes. I will let youknow how that goes. But the pilates/and yoga both help to open up my stride and allow me to run faster!

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  • Allison October 3, 2008, 8:59 am

    Thanks so much!!!

  • aron October 3, 2008, 9:23 am

    i have heard wonderful things abotu yoga incorporated into running training. i just bought a dvd and have been trying to work it in (although that isnt going too well right now).

    good luck this weekend!!!!

  • Rachel October 3, 2008, 10:51 am

    I love egg white French toast.

    Good luck with your race!!!

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