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Yoga in the Park & Marathon Training

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Yesterday one of Austin's friends (who has studied yoga in India) kindly instructed a yoga session for us as well as several other friends at a beautiful park. I didn't take any pictures because I was too busy bending, stretching, breathing, Omm-ing all over the place, but it was pretty awesome. We heard families calling their dogs, the dogs splashing in the marsh, birds cawing (a lot), babies goo-goo-ing and all kinds of wildlife you would never appreciate quite as much if you weren't trying to stand on your head and pretzel formation your legs in it. It was relaxing, and, as my muscles will attest to, it was challenging. My shoulders, back and abs are feeling it today.

So while we're on the topic of fitness, I have decided that as long as my knee continues to cooperate, I am starting to train for a marathon. This has been a life goal of mine for quite some time, and considering it's 2012 and there isn't going to be a 2013 (insert scoff here) I figure this is the year to do it. I fully plan to halt this process the moment my knee starts to be a little bitch bother me again, but ever since I've been running in my Vibram Five Fingers, I kid you not, it has been so much better. I don't want to jinx it, but I'm really, really excited to be running again -- even if I look like an out-of-shape-heffalump when I do it now.

Thanks to good ol' Hal Higdon, I've got a plan worked out (from here). Here goes:


Marathon Training Schedule: Novice 1
Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
1
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
6
cross
2
Rest
3 m run
3 m run
3 m run
Rest
7
cross
3
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
3 m run
Rest
5
cross
4
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
3 m run
Rest
9
cross
5
Rest
3 m run
5 m run
3 m run
Rest
10
cross
6
Rest
3 m run
5 m run
3 m run
Rest
7
cross
7
Rest
3 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
12
cross
8
Rest
3 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
Rest
Half Marathon
9
Rest
3 m run
7 m run
4 m run
Rest
10
cross
10
Rest
3 m run
7 m run
4 m run
Rest
15
cross
11
Rest
4 m run
8 m run
4 m run
Rest
16
cross
12
Rest
4 m run
8 m run
5 m run
Rest
12
cross
13
Rest
4 m run
9 m run
5 m run
Rest
18
cross
14
Rest
5 m run
9 m run
5 m run
Rest
14
cross
15
Rest
5 m run
10 m run
5 m run
Rest
20
cross
16
Rest
5 m run
8 m run
4 m run
Rest
12
cross
17
Rest
4 m run
6 m run
3 m run
Rest
8
cross
18
Rest
3 m run
4 m run
2 m run
Rest
Rest
Marathon


Cross training entails doing some type of exercise other than running. Biking, walking, yoga, swimming, it's all good, just as long as different muscle groups are being used.

If all goes according to plan, I will be ready to do a half marathon by the end of February and the whole shebang by June. Just in time for the Seattle Rock 'n Roll Marathon (which I realize is really far away from Florida and I'm broke, but c'mon.. it's a ROCK 'N ROLL marathon in one of the coolest states I've ever been to. I've got 6 months to save up. It's go time.) The Healthy Everythingtarian (who's a badass blogger, you should probably check her out) opened my eyes to the Nashville Rock 'n Roll Marathon as well. Who knew there were so many rock-loving runners? (I knew. Because runners are awesome. And so is music. Correlation.)

I've mentioned in passing the 'training' I've done in the past week. It has mainly consisted of two-mile runs and one four-mile walk/run. This week, however, I plan to run according to the schedule (stopping, of course, if the knee starts to hurt).

Yay for marathon training!!!


Are any of you guys runners/marathoners? How is your training going?


PS: Go check me out over at Bye Bye Beehive (a super fun hair-growing-adventure blog by a super cute lady name Annelise!!)

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