SUP Yoga!

Sunday was MEC Paddlefest which featured $10 clinics, so me and a friend sign up for SUP Yoga. We got a little intro on how to get on the board and then stand on it then headed out to do our yoga class.

Wow is it hard. The wind was no help either creating any even more unsteady surface. Simply sun salutations were a big challenge, even just transitioning from forward fold to flat back. Planking was actually the easiest part of it, much more so than downward dog. Let’s not even talk about how difficult it was to get in to Warrior 2. After the class we paddled back to shore and had to battle the wind. Afterwards the owners of WhaSup told us we could take the boards out for a short demo which was super nice of them. And it was great to get out on the board and really try SUP out. The way out was great as the wind was in our favour and we just flew down the lake. And then the way back. We ended up dropping down to our knees to better battle the wind. It was super windy on the way back! I ended up soaked from all the splashes coming up at me from the waves.

Definitely arm work out. My back was feeling a bit stiff the next day.

By Sunday evening I’d had enough of the sun from the weekend and opted to postpone my planned run.

So Monday I met up with the MEC group for a good steady run in the rain. And Tuesday I decided to just do an easy 6-8k… and instead my legs decided to go faster than they’d ever gone and I ended up running my fastest 5k ever. Can’t even explain.

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Wednesday back at Christie Lake for more SUP! No yoga, just paddling. Went with the same friend and we were probably out for about an hour, much less windy so it was a lot easier. Legs felt super shaky when we got off the board though.

Thursday I was feeling the SUP a bit in my legs, mostly my calves, but still pretty good. Then it was meeting with the MEC group for the trail run, my calves were definitely tired, but totally different feeling from the tightness I was feeling before which was nice, this was just general tired muscle instead of something to be a bit more concerned about. All good did a nice 8k and then I got home and my legs just felt so done. It’s been a long time since they felt tired like that, and really just tired, not sore or stiff or anything, just really tired, kind of a nice change.

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Tomorrow I’ll be running with the MEC trail group again, still undecided on how much I want to run, and then no more running until Tuesday for my final race of the season and my 3rd attempt at a sub 56! IT WILL HAPPEN. Actually I’m going to try for a sub 55! The 5k I did Tuesday was at a 5:31 pace without me really going for it so I figure, why not try for s sub 55 A goal? #dreambig

Intervals, Yoga & Biking

Monday I met up with the MEC Burlington meet-up group again. Mondays are different though, they start off with a half hour clinic, topic changes every week. This week was the second part of a talk on threshold running. This is the area I struggle with the most so it was great to get some more intel on the matter. The group is led by one of the staff members who is completing or possibly just finished getting a diploma in health and fitness focusing on running. He himself is some crazy fast runner and he knows a lot, super nice and a great run leader. Really amazing thing MEC does all for free! You normally gotta pay big bucks for this kind of thing. After the talk we head out for a 5-6km run. Since it was a talk all about speed runs, we put that to the test and headed to a park down the street from the store to do intervals. What I was not expecting with this run was the surface. We were running on grass. Some areas the grass was pretty long so you had to pick your knees up, good thing in the end, but certainly made the workout a lot more difficult. I once again proved I’m horrible at pacing myself. For this workout we did 2 laps hard, 1 lap rest, 1 lap hard, half lap rest, half lap hard then took a breather and did it all again. My first lap was fabulous, then it was all downhill from there as I ran out of steam. The grass didn’t help and probably still some residual stiff and soreness hanging around from my half. The next day I was definitely feeling the effects of the run in my hamstrings – or possibly Sunday’s yoga. Either way, kind of now understand why they say it’s not a good idea to do speed work first couple weeks after a race. OH WELL. I twas under 6k anyways.

Tuesday I went to a flow class, wasn’t the most challenging class I’ve done but there was some things we did that targeted the hip muscles so I was happy about that. After yoga I did some of my usual hip strengthening moves – side leg raises and such, but added some ankle weights! Man it was so much harder than you think it would be with the little baby weights I had. HUGE difference.

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Ankle weights for side leg raises to strengthen hips

Today I hit the trails! Well more like paths. I have some convenient paths by my work I like to walk at lunch, haven’t done much running on them yet as this is a new job haven’t had much of a chance yet. But today I brought my bike to work with me so I could go for my first proper ride of the year. This is a new bike I just bought a few weeks ago, I took it out for a very short little test ride after I first got it but have really gone for a proper ride since I hadn’t been on a bike since September and didn’t want to get on it so soon before my half.

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Such beautiful day for some easy riding

Rode for about an hour, took me longer as I had to stop a couple times to figure out where the heck I was. I don’t know the area and these paths run through residential neighbourhoods so they like to spit you out in different places and sometimes its not easy to find where the entrance is on the other side of the road, if there even is one. Just checked my run keeper app… looks like my route didn’t actually save so that’s pretty annoying, so not sure how far I actually got and I was hoping to use that map to better memorise the paths for runs. Stupid app. Anyways felt great being out on my bike and the weather was great! Perfectly cool, lovely for a bike ride. After that I headed to yoga for some Yin Yang. Yin Yang is my favourite style yoga even though some of the yin stretched are crazy difficult for me. I’m fairly flexible, more so than the average person, but when it comes to seated folds I’m going no where and Yin has a lot of that. It’s an issue I need to work on big time. Anyways fabulous class more rigorous flow portion. My shoulders and back are going to be VERY tight tomorrow after all this yoga, they already were to going into this class. Should be fun!

Tomorrow I’ll be joining the MEC Burlington meet-up group for another trail run. Friday I’ll be resting and then 10k race Saturday! Hopefully won’t be too sore by then! haha I’ll try to take it easy tomorrow so my hammies and glutes can heal a bit. No promises though!