It’s almost one month ago that I decided to run the TCS NYC Marathon this year. An event that is so daunting for anyone even avid runners. So what was I thinking? I have never run a day in my life! I dabbled in one race – the midnight run in Central Park a few years ago, but that was to celebrate the New Year, as I ran with my sister and friends (Kristin and Dan) – and the result was a super sore body for weeks. So let’s just say running was not on the top of my to-do list! However, even with that in mind I signed up with the team at my yoga studio. (GO team Pure Runners!) I am so excited to be running with such a great group and look forward to the experience along our training journeys. We are running as part of Fred’s team to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research.
Last week was the official start of my 18 week training program, as I am following Hal Higdon Novice 1. To be honest, it was not as bad as I had hyped it up to be. Looking at the schedule, the longer runs are always on Saturday and the smaller ones during the week. This week culminated with a 6 mile run, which is by far the longest run I have ever done. The two weeks prior I slowly began preparing, running 2-4 mile runs. As the training continues each week the mileage will begin to increase, so I will spare you all the – this is my longest run ever! – comment every week, well until November 1st when I cross that finish line because I do not foresee myself ever running more than 26.2 miles at a time.
I will continue to update you on my progress, the ups and the downs and everything and anything that has to do with me doing this run. Follow me on twitter and instagram for daily updates on my runs. I look forward to sharing it all with each and every one of you!
Getting my running gear in preparation for training
As mentioned above, my team is running to raise money for cancer research. Please visit my official Fred’s Team page to read a little more about the cause and why I am running, as well as consider to donate and support my run.
Big thanks to Katie & Gregg, Vicki, Jen and Donny! ❤
One of the things I love the most about yoga is that there is always more to learn, whether it is in my asana practice or in the more philosophical sense with the sutras and history of yoga. I have to admit that I do pay a lot more attention to my asana practice, than my general knowledge of the sutras and such. I always tell myself that I will re-read them as well as other yoga must reads when I have time, but time is so precious and reading has never been my favorite pastime. Alas, I came across Meagan McCrary’s book – ‘Pick Your Yoga Practice’, and I was hooked in. It is everything you need to know about yoga all in one book. The first few chapters explain yoga, its history and philosophical foundations, then it delves into the myriad of styles of yoga. My personal practice as well as teachings is in the style of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. I have taken and tried other styles of yoga but never could quite grasp what it was all about. It was great to know the background and meanings of the other styles more in depth than a brief class description at the studios. I highly recommend this book for yogis to get a better understanding of yoga, and for non-yogis to find a newfound interest. Maybe I am a little biased with my obvious love for yoga but I truly believe that there is a yogi in all of us, and this book might just unveil it.
Whether I am teaching a class or practicing, there are a few musts that I just need to have alongside my mat – a towel, block and the all important water bottle. I’m a creature of habit. The towel goes at the top of the mat, the block and bottle on the top left-hand side. The good thing is towels and blocks are provided for me at the studio, however water bottles are not. Instead of getting mad at myself on those days that I forget my bottle at home, I choose to reward myself and buy a new one. So yes, my collection of water bottles is extensive, which allows me the opportunity to try all these different kinds of bottles out. They all have their positive and negatives. The one bottle at the top of my list is the Bamboo Bottle Company (www.bamboobottleco.com). The overall look of the bottle stands out from the rest, with its simple bamboo outer shell design that insulates the glass bottle. The designer in me loves the assembly and design of it all. I love the simplicity of it. It is very easy to care for, unlike some other bottles where you have straws or mouthpieces to deal with. It is a little on the heavy side when it is filled but I look at it as another way to build muscles. Water is an essential part of life, and reusable water bottles are very beneficial for the environment – so if you are in need of or on the hunt for a new bottle, here is one to take into consideration.