Yoga Progress

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Good morning!  I am happy to report that I got up early today and made it out the door ON TIME.  πŸ™‚


I got things started bright and early with a 90-minute Superflow class at Y2Yoga, which is largely rumored to be the hardest yoga class in all of Charlotte. 


The first time I went to Superflow, I spent 1/3 of the last 30 minutes in childÒ€ℒs pose, praying for sweet relief.  I decided to push myself a little bit this class and tried to take minimal breaks.  I ended up resting (AKA sitting on my mat with a dazed expression on my face) twice.  I was so proud of myself! 


I also decided to bite the bullet and buy a long-term unlimited pass because 1) itÒ€ℒs getting to be cold here in Charlotte and it was either yoga or a gym (and I really hate going to the gym); 2) IÒ€ℒve been spending about $60+ a month on yoga anyway; 3) my knee is definitely mad at me, and I donÒ€ℒt see myself doing much long-distance running in the next few months.   IÒ€ℒm excited to really get into my practice!  When I did a month of unlimited yoga in September, it felt SO good.


Pre-yoga breakfast was 1/2 a banana, oatmeal, vanilla Greek yogurt, and chia seeds.


Post-yoga, I recovered by making a shake with Recoverite, which I used a lot when I cycled long distances and really works wonders.  It helps with muscle repair and contains electrolytes.


I had a strawberry shake with:


  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 a packet of Recoverite
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup rice milk


With toast:


Do you transfer from outdoor workouts to indoor exercises during the winter?  Or are you lucky enough to live somewhere that is warm year-around?  IÒ€ℒm sure IÒ€ℒll continue to do light mileage outside all winter, but IÒ€ℒd really rather be warm.  πŸ™‚



  • Nicole November 20, 2010, 10:41 am

    I’ve been really debating getting a gym membership or a yoga pass. I have access to a free gym at work, which is nice, but I really miss spin classes. However, I really need to give my body a break from running (My IT band is really mad at me right now so I completely understand how you’re feeling)
    I just wish yoga wasn’t so expensive!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 20, 2010, 10:43 am

    All of my workouts are indoors – either at home or at the gym. I’m a gym rat though. What can I say? πŸ˜€

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns November 20, 2010, 10:51 am

    That shake looks GOOD!

    I’m an outdoor runner year-round. I’m in Atlanta, so it never gets crazy cold. There were a few times this past January where I had to really bundle up to brave the upper 20 degree temps. But once you start moving out there, it begins to feel like a balmy 35 degrees at least. πŸ˜‰

  • Caitlin G. November 20, 2010, 10:54 am

    I’m in Chicago where it becomes a cold and windy mess! However, I’m too cheap for a gym membership. Last winter I was training for a spring marathon and invested in good winter running gear and ran outside. Aside from almost being blown into Lake Michigan a few times, it wasn’t bad at all. And the lakefront path was never crowded!!

  • Kiran November 20, 2010, 10:55 am

    Indoor for me. Thanks to yoga and treadmill πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 20, 2010, 10:57 am

    I am all about seasonal exercise. We live in western MA, and it gets really cold in the winter (and part of the fall and spring too), so this time of year I’m more into yoga and trying different workout and dance DVDs. But one thing I do all year is walk – I find it’s much nicer to walk in below freezing weather than to run.

  • Jenny November 20, 2010, 10:58 am

    I definitely switch to indoor. Breathing in the cold air while running is painful!

  • Camille November 20, 2010, 10:58 am

    I am really lucky that my new gym has an indoor track. I think I could handle running outdoors in 35 degree weather, but factor in the freezing Oregon rain and I’m out.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 20, 2010, 11:00 am

    I recently gave up my gym membership- they’d put up the prices again! Not the best time to quit, but I’ve bought more winter running gear, so hopefully I won’t freeze to death! πŸ˜›
    I’m really happy though because I’ve found a lovely small yoga class near me thats really cheap! So I go to that once a week as well…I love yoga! πŸ˜€

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 20, 2010, 11:00 am

    I look forward to hearing more about your winter yoga practice. I’ve always wanted to do Bikram, but I moved to a city where they barely have any yoga at all… let alone Bikram. There’s no hot yoga.

    I’m a gym person in the winter.

  • christina cadden November 20, 2010, 11:02 am

    Sounds like a great time!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 20, 2010, 11:11 am

    I stick to the gym in the winter, unless it’s an unusually mild day. I hate to be cold too!!

  • Kelly November 20, 2010, 11:13 am

    I live in Boston so outdoor work outs in the winter are really only for the very hard core… which is not me. I have a treadmill and then I also go to yoga (hot yoga- very necessary during Boston winters). I also use On Demand work outs sometimes!

  • Bridget November 20, 2010, 11:14 am

    Each day, I have to ride my bike a minimum of 6 miles (3 each way), except for Thursday, when it’s 10 (5 each way). It’s pretty good exercise! I also walk a lot, jog a bit, and use a stair stepper in my apartment (and lift dumbbells up to 8 lbs.) Japanese winter conditioned me to do these things. There’s a gym nearby, but it’s about $130 per month. I’ll stick with my regimen! Driving here would be too scary, so that ensures exercise.

    Do you have any yoga sites that you would suggest? I’ve used some YouTube videos, but would love some recommendations.

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:28 pm

      I don’t ever do online yoga exercise unfortunately, so I have nothing to suggest πŸ™ I’m sorry!

      • Jen November 20, 2010, 6:51 pm

        Yoga Today has some nice classes – you can subscribe free via iTunes. (Search under podcasts – I’m sure there are others there as well.)

        • Bridget November 20, 2010, 7:34 pm

          Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Katrina@Katrina Runs for Food November 20, 2010, 11:15 am

    I’m about to start a yoga class that’s geared to those of us doing Crossfit. This new class will be a VERY beginner class to ease some of the men into yoga. They asked for the class so this will be interesting! I’m looking forward to it.

    Most of my running is still outdoors, but I will give the dreadmill plenty of attention.

  • tina November 20, 2010, 11:20 am

    i’m trying to get myself outside to run once a week… lucky its in the high 40s and sunny today!!! but i do love a hot yoga class when its cold out! πŸ™‚

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Mountaintops November 20, 2010, 11:24 am

    I’m near Boston and in the winter I just bundle up more for my woods-walking and when it snows I snow shoe! And I keep up with my yoga practice.

  • Cyclist Kate November 20, 2010, 11:27 am

    We’re lucky in Reno to have something like 350 sunny days a year and when it snows, it doesn’t usually stick, so I find myself doing some bundled-up winter cycling, which always feels great. I do, however, switch to more indoor workouts like reformer pilates, yoga, spin classes, etc. It always feels so nice to walk from the cold into a warm gym!

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:28 pm

      350 sunny days sounds really nice.

  • Laura Ann November 20, 2010, 11:27 am

    Even though I live in San Diego and I do love to be outside, I am one of those people who just loves the gym! One because I just plain love the gym and two because most of my workouts are done during my lunch hour on work days, and having showers and a locker room are key.

  • Bronwyn Coyne November 20, 2010, 11:31 am

    I usually try to stay outside year round. I am in Vancouver, so at worst we just get some rain (though right now the ground is COVERED in snow). When I lived in a place that got real snow, I used to run downtown where it would melt enough to run without too much fear of slipping…

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 20, 2010, 11:32 am

    Even though I’ve always lived where it gets really cold (Minnesota and Alaska), I’ve always continued to run outside. I despise the treadmill and running indoors!

  • Heather November 20, 2010, 11:34 am

    I live in AZ so it’s perfect outside exercise weather now!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 20, 2010, 11:38 am

    I’m in MN so I definitely have to workout indoors in the wintertime. I have a nice gym near me with weights and cardio machines, and I also have weights adn exercise dvds at home. I actually enjoy working out indoors — it makes me appreciate the spring/fall/summer outdoor workouts so much more!

  • Sarah AJ November 20, 2010, 11:41 am

    I run outside year-round in Wisconsin. With the right gear, it’s really not too bad. Plus, it makes me feel hardcore. πŸ˜‰

  • megan @ blackberries for jam November 20, 2010, 11:44 am

    I live in Vermont, and even though the weather can be pretty brutal in the winter I do my best to continue running outside. If it’s not too icy, I put traction covers on my shoes and make sure I watch the road for slippery spots. I also really love to snowshoe, so I do that on non-running days.

  • Cyndie November 20, 2010, 11:44 am

    I’ve been doing p90x for the past like, four months. It’s awesome because you can do it rain or shine! I only missed one day when I had the flu.

    (p90x is very east to keep up when you opt out on the nutrition plan!)

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 20, 2010, 11:46 am

    I feel you on the gym. I have a treadmill in my house so I use that all the time in the winter. Now I have a baby and if it’s a certain degrees I don’t feel comfortable lugging him out there in the ole jogging stroller so I tend to do a lot of running indoors.

  • Alison (Ali on the Run) November 20, 2010, 11:47 am

    I’m taking my first hot yoga class in a few hours! I’m a little nervous since it’s totally new to me, but your post reassured me that it’s OK to take breaks. I do love running in the winter, but not when it’s brutally cold and dark out. Yuck!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 20, 2010, 11:48 am

    I can’t work out if it is super cold. I feel more energetic when it is coolish/warmish. I wish I had someone to do yoga with. I think it would force me to do it more often. I love it, I just get kinda lonely doing it…if that makes sense?

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:27 pm

      you should introduce yourself to the instructors and other classmates!

  • Amber November 20, 2010, 11:50 am

    I move some of my workouts inside just due to light issues. It is snowing here this weekend and tomorrow still plan to do my 4 hour run outside. Layers and layers!

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 20, 2010, 11:59 am

    I really like you’re definition of resting “aka sitting on my mat with a dazed expression on my face,” haha. That’s how I “rest” during some of my school lectures…
    I definitely take advantage of warmer weather to run outside but go to the gym a lot during the colder months. It also just works out better with my schedule as far as work and classes go.

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:27 pm

      hahah iam dazed and very confused during superflow!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 20, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Wow– that yoga sounds intense!!

    I definitely start working out more inside during the winter…that’s how you have to roll in PA, as you know πŸ™‚

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind November 20, 2010, 12:11 pm

    To be totally honest, I am NEVER an outdoor workout person. Actually, I’m never an outdoor person period. πŸ™‚

    Total gym rat here. Big fan of indoor workouts.

  • Dorry November 20, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I love outdoor workouts and Dallas can be surprisingly warm OR cold during the winter so every few days, it’s different. Thankfully, our new apartment has a great workout facility so it’s convenient to to workout indoors.

  • Amber K November 20, 2010, 12:20 pm

    I’m a gym rat, so thankfully the weather doesn’t affect my work outs. The seasons here are Rain, Too Cold, Rain, Too Hot, Rain. So I would often use the weather as an excuse to just stay home. I can’t do that with a gym membership!

  • Sarah November 20, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I’m a cold weather runner, so this is the time of year when I actually thrive! A few years ago, when I was still living with my parents, I was out running and got caught in a snowstorm. I ended up trying to take a shortcut home, got lost and was soaked by the time I got home. My father looked at me like I as nuts, but I’ve never felt more alive!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 20, 2010, 12:31 pm

    i definitely change to more inside workouts – i am such a wuss when it come to cold weather! i tend to do more at the boxing gym, weight room, and bike/elliptical/treadmill intervals.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day November 20, 2010, 12:33 pm

    I’m going to be running inside on the dreadmill, but I actually prefer the dreadmill to running outside – it’s safer to me.

    Hope the knee gets well soon though!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 20, 2010, 12:40 pm

    I really want to try yoga but I haven’t been able to find a class around here! πŸ™

    I (unfortunately) live in Florida where the weather is almost ALWAYS warm! Yes it’s great for running outdoors, but it sucks because we never have winter. πŸ™

    Hope your knee feels better soon. I’m battling knee problems right now too! πŸ™

  • Karen November 20, 2010, 12:40 pm

    I like to do everything, I guess. I prefer to walk outside if it’s warm enough. But if it’s cold, I do stay inside, generally. I have a bunch of DVDs to choose from at home, plus a treadmill and my reformer and dumbbells. I’m a lifetime member at Bally’s; I mostly go there for classes, like Zumba, yoga or bootcamp. Plus they have an indoor track and a pool That way I don’t feel like a zombie on the the treadmill or doing multiple reps/sets on the machines.

  • mauimandy@thegrainsofparadise November 20, 2010, 12:46 pm

    You just reminded me how badly I need to get back into yoga. Wish it wasn’t so $$ πŸ™‚ Liking you post yoga meal…yum!

  • Jen November 20, 2010, 12:52 pm

    This is kind of a random question, but when you make things with half a banana, what do you do with the other half? I like to mix banana into my yogurt, but only half a banana or less fits in the cup. I’d like to save the rest for later, but the banana inevitably turns black.

    • Anon November 20, 2010, 1:13 pm

      Why not eat the whole banana, just eat the rest on the side? Or spread it on your toast or cereal…I’ve never understood these 1/2 things…

    • D November 20, 2010, 3:20 pm

      I occasionally eat half a banana if I know I am going to run later (I run in the evenings) and want to save that half for a quick pre-run snack or something. I’m also not crazy on bananas in general, so 1/2 is plenty to mix in with oatmeal or something. Anyway, I cut the banana in half while it’s still in the peel, and then just put the other half in the fridge. The tiny bit that’s exposed to air might turn a bit brown, but you can either cut that off or eat it (it’s fine to eat). Keeping it in the peel keeps it fresh!

      Although I too am curious as to why you eat half!

      • Jen November 20, 2010, 3:50 pm

        Ah so keeping it in the peel helps, I’ll have to try that. Lately the grocery store has had smaller bananas but all summer I could only find GIGANTIC ones and I would end up making too much of my yogurt mix, which I would then refridgerate for later and not want to eat because it had turned black. So with giant bananas, I’d rather just eat half so I can have more yogurt, oats, nuts and berries.

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:26 pm

      I didn’t eat the whole banana because there was one left and I shared it with the Husband πŸ™‚

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 20, 2010, 1:07 pm

    In the past, I have started running on the treadmills in the gym when the weather turns cold. This year, however, I’m go to toughen up (and suck it up!) and run outside! I bought two pairs of asics tights and they are awesome. I feel no cold!!

  • Anon November 20, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I suck. I occasionally do a very “beginners” yoga’s poses maybe 3x a week for 15-20 minutes maximum. I can’t tolerate longer than 15-20 mins. I just have no motivation. I’d rather just sit and read or go for a lazy drive or something. I know, not good.
    I think classes would be amazing. But the money. No way. Its just a phenomenable amount of money that leaves me slightly dizzy with horror.

  • Rachel @ Bloomingbuzz November 20, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Not gonna lie, I have always run through the winter, but this year I am already struggling for motivation! The coldest temps haven’t even hit yet but I see a lot of gym time in my future for this year πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley November 20, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I’m a treadmill runner. I think I’ve run outside once, ever. It was lovely, I just haven’t done it again. As for yoga, I practice on my own. I just can’t bring myself to pay for it.

  • kate November 20, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Yay yoga! Continual practice definitely shows results!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 20, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I try to run outside as much as possible during the winter, but when it’s icy and snowy, it doesn’t really work out for me! πŸ™‚

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 20, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily “warm” year round here, but the winters are totally bearable here in this part of Texas. With little to no snow and ice the roads are easy to navigate through winter, although temperatures can get to the 20’s it’s still pretty reasonable.

    I would much rather workout outside than inside regardless… but snow and ice would make it difficult (and dangerous!)

  • Carol November 20, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I hate working out inside, and prefer running in cooler temps, although my boot camp has moved indoors twice a week. For them, I will make the sacrifice. However, this week “workouts” have been strictly shovelling sidewalks and trying to stay upright and warm. We got our first blast of winter on Monday, and the average temperature has been -23C or about -9F (yes, that is a negative sign in front)…with the wind, it’s even colder…-18F! But you layer, protect as much skin as possible and get out there and get ‘er done. I even bought trail runners this year, just so I won’t slip around during my runs. I’ll let you know how they work after tomorrow morning’s run.

    • Jazz November 20, 2010, 6:49 pm

      Hey Carol, it’s -23 here too, do you wear special shoes? cause the rest of me is ok, but the shoes let in all the wind, past my good winter running socks!

      • Carol November 20, 2010, 10:11 pm

        I actually just bought a pair of trail runners this week, so I’ll have to let you know how they work out. As for years past, I just wore my regular runners and some really good winter socks. Got them at the Running Room – they are thick and double lined, but still wick moisture away from your feet. I never had a problem last year, and we had some cold runs. Of course, I also have really warm feet, so maybe I just don’t notice it as much.

        • Jazz November 20, 2010, 10:21 pm

          Ugh, I have cold cold feet! I’ll see how i do tomorrow and maybe look into some trail runners!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 20, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I have to transfer to indoor runs in both Summer and Winter. It’s nearly 100* even in the morning here during the Summer and get’s freeezzinng during the Winter, so yeah.

    Hope you’re knee feels better soon!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 20, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Most of the year I can work out outside… which is my favorite, and I am grateful to live somewhere that is warm enough to be outside most of the winter.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 20, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I live in LA so I get to work out outside year round and I love it! I also hate the gym so it works out perfectly\.

  • Jen November 20, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I wondered if you did go to a gym or not. Do you do weights? I hate the gym and can’t afford yoga here. Thoughts?

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:26 pm

      I just rely on push ups and yoga for strength training. Probably not ideal but I guess it work for me.

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska November 20, 2010, 3:22 pm

    It’s quite cold here in Anchorage already, so I do my workouts in the gym, and do Friday Ashtanga yoga classes. I will be doing my next two runs outdoors (wish me luck in this 20 degree weather with icy roads!) to prepare for an outdoors 5k I’m doing December 4th. I wonder if I could run with my ice spikes on my Mizunos?

    • Caitlin November 20, 2010, 4:25 pm

      Ohmigod – ice spikes?!

      • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska November 20, 2010, 5:47 pm

        Yea. I use them on my Goretex Merrells to walk the dogs once the roads and trails are icy. They’re these slip on things for the toebox of the shoes, and I love them! They’ve saved me from slipping and sliding many times. But I’m not sure they would be comfortable to run in. I still have lots of winter running research to do before my race.

        • Jazz November 20, 2010, 6:50 pm

          Yeah, I ordered some ice spikes for my runners!

  • Jenne November 20, 2010, 3:53 pm

    It’s -20 celcius here right now, and the ground is covered in snow and ice…I could go to the gym, but honestly running on a treadmill is just so horrid, I can’t bring myself to do it πŸ™
    I usually end up swimming in the winter, the hot tub is such a great reward afterwards!!!

  • Marika November 20, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Ha, I definitely do NOT live in a place that’s warm all year round, but I try to keep running outside throughout the whole winter, with occasional trips to the gym too. Last year was a pretty cold and snowy winter in Estonia, so the way-below-zero temps and excessive snow on the sidewalks meant I turned to the treadmill more often than not.

  • Steven November 20, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Living in upstate NY, most of the year I need to work out inside. If it is not 90+ outside with high humid it is below 30 and ice cold out. I guess I am now gym rat and don’t have much choice…

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 20, 2010, 4:15 pm

    I switch…3 feet of snow isn’t conducive to running or fun. But I love fun workouts like sledding and hiking that don’t feel like workouts.

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes November 20, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I live in Alaska, so it’s freezing in the winter. I don’t run outside but we do hikes/sleeding/ice skating/skiing, etc. So that’s a workout, but I also go to the gym

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor November 20, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I belong to a gym, where I do my strength-training work, and I aim to do at least 50% of my runs outside. Sometimes the chilly Colorado air makes the treadmill very tempting, though…

    I plan on also joining a yoga studio during training for my first marathon next year after seeing how much it seemed to help you during your most recent marathon training.

  • Jaya November 20, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Seasonal exercise all the way! I think that having more than one season is like nature protecting us from reptitive stress and lack of variety. This morning we were out snowshoeing in the rockies and I think it was around -22F when we started, but it was gorgeous once we got moving! Last weekend we hiked, we’ll start xcountry skiing in a few weeks and I walk year-round. The only thing I do in the gym is lift. I really believe that winter is only as much fun as you’re dressed to have! I splurge on gators, crampons, great winter gear and I have learned to love exercising in the cold. I think in the long run, it’s cheaper (for me at least) to have great stuff to play in than to have yoga/gym passes. I find that my body feels a LOT healthier with more variety in movement. That said, I would have NO problem living somewhere that was warm, year round either πŸ™‚ I also think that everyone needs to do what feels good for them. If during winter, yoga feels good – then that’s awesome!

  • Jacalyn November 20, 2010, 6:10 pm

    It tends to be fairly warm year round in Houston, but I have been doing a lot of hot yoga myself, and the November special at my studio is 1 year unlimited access for $799! Hello! That’s $66 a month!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 20, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Once it drops below 5 degrees celsius, I don’t run outdoors anymore. Running outside in cold weather is too hard on my lungs! πŸ˜›

  • maria @ Chasing the Now November 20, 2010, 7:30 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re still having so much trouble with your knee. As I recover, I’ve decided to focus on yoga and strength training more.

  • kathleen November 21, 2010, 11:31 am

    If ever you want a gym membership and sometimes yoga memberships too, check craigslist first. See, when people want to get out of their gym/yoga contract before the contract is up, you have to either pay a ridiculous fee or find someone to take over your contract. Sometimes you can find someone who’s had their membership for a while and therefore, the monthly payment is much lower than what you would pay if you were to walk into the gym and sign up. Craigslist is hit or miss but sometimes you can get lucky. I had really good luck with it in Boston but not so much luck in Pittsburgh (at least not yet anyway).

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler November 21, 2010, 11:42 am

    I just moved back to southwest Florida after 5 years in the midwest. This will be my most active winter in a long time!

  • Jolene ( November 21, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I could never workout outside where I live – it is FREEZING! I workout indoors all winter.

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