I did it! Not only did the three miles go well, but the FOUR miles went well. I made a point to go very very slow and not stop unless I had to for traffic.
I forgot how much I missed by not running: seeing Mount Hood covered in snow, increasing my heart rate, waving at other runners to name a few. It really does make me feel like a part of my community by running around my neighborhood.
I eeked out a pace of about 9:30 which is good enough for me right now. I think I am going to start back on the program I used two years ago when I really started back into running from basically scratch. I still have the daily plan that extends for a couple of months while I was training for a half marathon.
I’m checking out a new yoga studio today in Portland: Sunset Yoga Center. Hopefully my body stays fresh! I have started teaching at Rushing Water Yoga in Camas on Wednesdays @ 5:45 – it is a beginning Iyengar style class that is *FREE* through the end of the year! I picked up another person’s class there on Sunday, so had the opportunity to refine the same sequence. It is so helpful to teach the same sequence twice and honestly the 2nd time is much better. If you’re in the area, please come by and check it out! I still have my other blog dedicated to yoga so check that one out too: http://emilyolivayoga.blogspot.com/.
(Thank you for the THREE comments I received between these two posts. That really motivates me and reminds me how great my running friends are. Love you guys!)
Some photos for you….
Yoga + Beer =
Thanksgiving at our house this year (Josh wearing my grandma’s apron):