Happy Monday everyone! It’s been two weeks since the marathon and I am definitely recovered and feeling great! I am back to lifting weights and balancing it out with running and feeling awesome.
3 miles + subbed a Cycling class in Hoboken. The crowd was a ton of fun and they even sang along to some of my songs (well before I made them work in the anaerobic zone 😉 ).
It felt so great to be lifting weights again and working on my core (definitely dropped that during my taper- oops haha). I was sore the next day too!
3 mile run in Hoboken with the most gorgeous views of Manhattan during sunset (no pictures because I just wanted to take it all in). Then I taught my cycling class in the city.
Total Body Workout from Muncher Cruncher. I follow her on Instagram and she always posts amazing videos of different workouts. Her Instagram is such an awesome resource to use. This workout left me sweaty and sore!
I no longer can sign up for classes at NYSC so my favorite Friday night keeps filling up and I don’t want to schlep into the city to see if I can squeeze in a spot, which as an employee you have to let the others go first (she literally sometimes has a line to get into her class). It makes me sad but I have a feeling my favorite Friday nights are coming or have come to an end. So I decided to go out for a run instead at a local park.
5 miles! My longest run post-marathon and it felt fantastic!! My legs just sored and I just ran off some stress that I am dealing with.
On my run I started to think about maybe making Fridays a day to try out new fitness classes. There are so many boutique places, yoga studios, cycling studios in the NY/NJ areas, maybe it’s time to switch up my routine anyway. It’s always good to try new things and while I love my Friday nights in Union Square, it just doesn’t seem like it’s happening. Gotta embrace change!
My sister and I took an Aerial Yoga class at Om Factory in Union Square.
My only issue with the class was the instructor was kind of rude and pushy. She was yelling at people before it started about where to go and was not nice about people coming in right before the class started (the people on the phone tell you to come 10 minutes before- maybe they should say 20 instead). Also during the hanging inversion I was afraid to put my arms down and when I had taken aerial yoga before, the instructor helped me out. I was to afraid to say anything to this instructor so I just held on during the inversion.
Then we grabbed brunch in SoHo! It was SUCH a fun day!!
It was a great week of workouts! I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately on my marathon training, workouts prior, and the evolution of my fitness. I have to say, I think I am in a really awesome place right now. Last year at this time, I thought I needed to run 25-30 miles a week and lift in the gym for over an hour and lift the heaviest weights. Since being educated through NASM and getting injured in the Spring, I have really evolved. Working out is a stress reliever and over-working out can cause stress and injury. Looking back last year, I definitely had a lot more anxiety attacks and was irritable more. My diet also consisted of a lot more protein (hello, Quest bar addiction) and not as many carbs.
I think we are always changing and learning and yes, last year at this time I thought I was super healthy and had a really healthy balanced mindset. Now looking back, I think I am healthier now and have a better mindset. Next year when I look back I may think something different.
I really don’t feel like I need to run 8 miles on a Tuesday night and a half marathon every Saturday. Last year I probably would have run 10 miles before I took that yoga class because I always felt like I needed to keep my mileage high. I feel like I have changed and realized as long as I get my body moving and grooving 🙂 in some sort of way, every single day then that is what matters.
We are always a work in progress and I like where I am at now. I have a TON of stress in my life right now and I really feel like I am handling it very well because right now exercise is a total stress reliever and not a stress inducer because I am not over-doing it.
Post-Marathon Life is great right now! I definitely want to run some races next year (and I think one on Thanksgiving and maybe NYE with Jen?! 🙂 ) but I have no pressure at all about anything. I love running, lifting, and cycling and I am hoping to try some new things.
That is my rambling, just needed to get that off my chest. 🙂