Outta the rut

5 Apr

I’m in a rut.  A running rut.

I don’t know if it’s the nasty weather, my other exercise activities I’ve added to my routine or what, but I just haven’t been as excited about running as usual.

Although running is great exercise for the body and heart, for me it’s a mental break.  It’s my way to clear my mind and de-stress.  No other form of exercise has done that for me.

My last run was yesterday and it just felt off.  The prior run before that was a treadmill run last Tuesday, and treadmill run are not de-stressors for me.  I just haven’t really looked forward to my runs the way I did a couple of months ago when I used to run 3-4 times a week.

I thought about my predicament this morning for quite a while and knew what I needed to do.

Something challenging…

Something drastic…

Something like the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon!

This July 25th I’ll be running around a lake ending with a killer hill at the end.  I’ve ran a condensed 10 miler race with my mom on this route a few years back and loved it.  I even remember getting a second wind and how amazing it felt… until that killer hill.

I’ll start planning my training soon and hope to beat my time of 2:03:42 from my first half marathon in January.

Motivation central here in the  Get Healthy With Heather house!  Look forward to seeing more runs in the near future.

In other exercise news.  I tried out a new yoga video tonight: YogaWorks for Everyone: Beginners AM/PM

Usually I’m not a fan of beginners yoga videos.  They just aren’t that challenging and I just get bored but since I’m now fighting a cold my sweet husband gave me I wanted to take it easy. 

This one surprised me.  I didn’t get bored at all during the 44 minutes and eventhough it wasn’t too challenging it was just what my body wanted and needed.  The instructor was great and talked you through the poses nicely.  I will definately do this one again when I just want to relax and not work too hard. 

Awesome video for new yoga practicers. 

Well I’m out for the evening, just about to enjoy some indian food.  More on that tomorrow.

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4 Responses to “Outta the rut”

  1. David Dierking April 6, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    I train completely different when I have a goal to go for versus running just to run. The half marathon would be great! Go for it!

  2. Swanky Dietitian April 6, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Great challenge! Good luck!
    I love doing yoga but have a difficult time finding good yoga videos. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Heather April 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      You should try P90X, their yoga is amazing and killer! You can find the whole program via my amazon store if you’re interested.

  3. Tina April 8, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    Wow! What an awesome decision about the half marathon. I think if goals help, then that sounds like a good thing to go for. I learned having pressure on my workouts makes them less enjoyable for me, but I know many like the goals as motivation. So I say go for it!

    And thanks for the yoga video rec. I think I may want to start adding some yoga DVDs to my home collection of other workout videos.

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