It’s hard to believe that when I first started blogging I really didn’t like yoga. Even now, it’s not my favorite non-running activity, but I appreciate how it makes me feel, and sometimes I even enjoy doing it. So, I am as surprised as anyone at how much I loved the hot yoga class I took with Cynthia and Mar last week, and how much effort I made to get the most out of my week of free classes at CorePower Yoga.
Monday: I started my week with a strength workout at home, doing one of the workouts from Laura’s Runner’s Reset that focus on single-leg moves. After work, I checked out a 5:30 hot yoga class at CorePower Yoga and loved everything about it. The timing worked out well–I left my office @ 5, and got to the studio with time to spare–and time to find my zen on the mat before class started.
Tuesday: The sidewalks along my neighborhood running route were still buried in snow that the snowplows dumped on them, so I opted for a run on the cleared paths of Washington, D.C. I didn’t plan on taking pictures, but I couldn’t resist paying tribute to President Lincoln the morning after the Iowa Caucuses.
Was he contemplating the state of our country or enjoying his view?
It was too cold to wait for the sunrise,
but I took a moment to enjoy this glimmer of pink.
Wednesday: This was my crazy day. I went to an indoor cycling class at 6:00 am, snuck out for a hot yoga class at noon, took the train to New York City at 3:00, and walked from Penn Station to Grand Central Station (where my hotel was). My Vivosmart doesn’t give me credit for spinning or yoga, but I logged over 12,000 steps despite sitting on a train for 3 hours.
Thursday: I set my alarm for 5:00 and did a strength routine in the hotel gym. I had it to myself from 5:15 until about 5:50, when three others trickled in. I couldn’t help but wonder if they had set their alarms for 5:30 or 5:45?
The early bird gets to use all the weights!
Friday: I was going to take a rest day, but after reading Sherry’s post with great reasons to workout in the morning, I decided to do one round of my new core workout. Of course, once I started, I didn’t want to quit, so I added a few more exercises and stretches to counteract all the time I spent sitting on the train on Thursday night.
Saturday: With the hilly Reston Ten Miler less than a month away, I decided to do my long run on the rolling hills of the Mount Vernon Trail south of Old Town. As I was driving in to the park the sunrise grabbed my attention, so instead of starting on the bike path, I explored Dyke Marsh path out to the water. Here is just one of the many pictures I took. Watch for a photo-centric post in days ahead!
I was planning on running 10 miles, but the out-and-back threw off my calculations, and I ended up running 10.7 miles.
My mile split times from my Garmin 225 and the heart rate data from my new Garmin Vivosmart HR (yes, I wore one on each wrist!) reflect all those photo stops.
I’m pleased with the relatively steady heart rate for miles 2-10.7.
Sunday: As much as I will suck it up and run in just about any weather, I want it to be sunny and at least in the upper 40s before I will ride my bike outside in the winter. Since the weather had different plans on Sunday, I opted for a 45 minute Real Ride class at Revolve.
Enjoying Hot Yoga
So, about that hot yoga. There are so many reasons why I should not like the classes at CorePower Yoga. First, I don’t like being hot when I workout. I rarely wear two full layers to run outside, and I have walked out of gyms that felt warm. Second, the classes are a full hour. Of yoga. How can my monkey-mind settle down for that long?
Chilling Out On The Mat Before Class
But instead of hating the heat, I find that entering the warm, humid room helps me leave my cares behind and let my stress melt away. And the Vinyassa flow classes I’ve been taking move so quickly that there isn’t time to be bored. Plus, I am enjoying learning and experiencing the new-to-me poses too much to wonder when we will be done.
Unlike Carla, I don’t like taking a break in the middle of my day–I find it too hard to get back into the groove–but I think hot yoga could be a good transition between my workday and my evenings. The 5:30pm class lets me put in a full day of work, and by the time it ends the worst of rush hour traffic usually is over, so there’s a low risk that I will lose my zen to road rage. 😉
Is there an activity or exercise that’s grown on you?
Have you tried a hot yoga class?