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Run+Yoga challenge [days 20 & 21]

Saturday = RUN

Several of our groupies met yesterday for our group run and coffee.  Autumn flavors are here!

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A few others met on their own this weekend to tackle various mileage.  These two dolls tackled yet another TWENTY MILER!  Yay girls, a job well done!

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They stopped along the way to do some yogi stretches and refueled after, as they should.

 

Sunday = YOGA   Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 9.08.49 PM

Lululemon athletica declared a National Yoga Day this year. All of their Canada stores participated and hope the U.S. follows suit next year.  We can all play together!

POGA took place tonight.  I [Teresa] personally couldn’t attend, but it looks like it was a fun event.

Yoga around here was just a short 10 minute session on the mat.  If you ever just need [or want] a short in-home session, check out Yoga with Adriene.  She has tons of FREE videos, lots of them beginner-friendly.

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Off to bed.  Have a great work [and RUN and YOGA] week!

Check out our challenge!  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

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Positive thoughts [& challenge day 19]

Today was a rest day around here and yesterday was a group run, followed by a few yoga poses [mostly for the photo opps 🙂 ]

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Not much to blog about tonight so we’ll just post some positive thoughts from our Instagram feed…

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If fear has been holding you back lately, let it go. Try a new yoga pose.  Start that business.  Take the leap of faith you’ve been waiting to take.  Or perhaps, just pray about it and wait patiently.

Hope you can benefit from a little bit of positive inspiration to kick off the weekend.  We have a group run tomorrow morning ~  see you there!

 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 17] BEDTIME YOGA

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Today was a YOGA day.  

I have been on a blogging hiatus the last two days of the challenge, hope you were keeping up on your own!  My sister had her baby on Monday and I was fortunate enough to be in the delivery room with her.  Child birth is seriously the biggest blessing and greatest miracle!

If you ever want to unwind after a long day, a little bedtime yoga will do just the trick. It can also help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.  Don’t believe me?  Try it for yourself!

You can find lots of great stuff on Pinterest and You Tube, or you can just watch Lan & Mahvish’s video…

Here is some more inspiration before you drift off to lala land…

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.51.42 PMMy little guy at school, doing Little Sprouts movement class – yoga!

That’s all for now, off to bed!

 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 13] RUN

Today was a RUN day.  

Although Saturdays are typically our long run days, many of us only did 3 miles at this morning’s group run.  We all had places to be [OSU game, wedding dress shopping and family plans!].  But 3 miles is better than nothing and we were happy to also try a new route.

Lan on the other hand, had her big 2-0 miler!  Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 9.34.20 PM

Yes folks, TWENTY miles.  Only those who have run a marathon before can truly appreciate this magical number.  At this point, you’ve likely trained for several months.  You’ve done the hard work and long miles, suffered through the aches and pains, pushed through the ‘I don’t know if I can do this’ days, felt famished from not getting enough food, felt the highs and lows of training… and finally, today, you’ve conquered the hardest training run you’ll encounter before the BIG day.

She stuck to her plan and finished.

Three+ hours, countless songs and Honey Stingers later, she finished.

Proud of you girl, you’re an inspiration to all of us, on the trail, on the mat and just LIVING FIT!

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Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 12] XT or REST

Today is a CROSS TRAIN or REST day.    

Took a break around here today and rightfully so.   We’ve all been working hard! And we have another group run in the AM, so that should suit us just fine.    Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 9.44.43 PM

Hope you found some peace today, whether you worked out or not.

 

 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

Cross Training photo credit to www.cycling360media.com

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 11] RUN

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Our ptownrunclub is meeting @ 6:30 in downtown Dublin for a 3-4 mile social run.

Hope to see you there!

If not, log some miles on your own… and maybe even bust out that fall gear, its chilly around here!

Just now joining us for the RUN=YOGA challenge?

Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

#yogamatters [Mahvish] & RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 10 – YOGA]

Today is a YOGA day.

Take some time today to reflect on your yoga practice.  Maybe you try a new pose.  Maybe instead of practicing at a busy studio, or with your toddler climbing on you, you practice alone with only your soul.  Read our guest post today and you’ll be inspired to hit that mat.

Mahvish is a Living Fit Columbus/ptown run club member.  She was a part of our original HG crew and is [finally!] back in Columbus to join us again.  You can read more about Mahvish in our earlier post HERE.  She offered to guest post for us today.  Be ready to be inspired!

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Falling…

Our own bodies are an example of it. When our bones break, they are built back even stronger. This is something I am all too familiar with from the four stress fractures in a row I’ve had and being told I could never run distance or practice yoga again.

Our bodies are vulnerable, yet resilient and capable of so much its just a matter of being patient with the process. Patience has always been a test for me, I’ve always wanted to run before I could walk, handstand before chataranga, have the answer without knowing the question and have that fairy tale ending before writing the story.

As I recently moved back to Columbus from NYC, it has been a culture shock and a mix of emotions to say the least: Here I am in a city and life that almost feels foreign. As soon as I got off the airplane, I had to rush to buy my first car in hopes to make the yoga class I so desperately needed. Finding a new place to live in Columbus has been more overwhelming than in NYC with all the new [housing] developments. Leaving a love behind in New York, to start a new job in Ohio, was difficult all in its own right. Marathon training has been put on the back burner since the passing away of four people in one week. Trying to reach my personal yoga pose for the month has turned into a source of stress when it was once empowerment.

SO much is uncertain, things feel upside down and I keep pushing until….SNAP! I’m broken.  

I won’t allow myself to believe the doctor because when we are broken, we are built back stronger, bones heal harder, we learn to run faster, I can hold a pose longer. I have to be patient with the process, with myself, with my body, with my struggles, with changes and find comfort in them. It is not about how hard we fall, or if we asked for help getting up… as long as we make it back on our feet.  Mahvish 1

My last day in NYC, I had the honor of practicing with my yoga instructor, Kenny Firsby, of Laughing Lotus Yoga.  He asked what I wanted to work on that day. It was fitting for me to respond “falling” with all the unbalance in my life. I asked “How do you fall” and his response was beautiful as he said, “Let go of the fear, look up and forward never back, and trust you’ll land on your feet.” I trusted him, as I went from handstand, to scorpion to wheel.

Some may look at that as a blind landing when really it is focusing on what’s ahead of you and having faith that your past has set your foundation.

Victor Kiam said, “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” Well, I’ve basically face planted, but as many of us do, we have to remember that’s also when things happen, new doors open, new opportunities arise, and you finally make it to that finish line. Heck that might even be what gets you to the start…the start of something new, the start of the next chapter, the start of the next race. We are all afraid to fall, but should see it not as a failure, but an opportunity to make an even greater comeback. This is when we find out who we are and who we are destined to be.

Falling is just a means of getting there.

I’ve always admired those that have ENJOYED their race training or yoga practice because the end result is the fruit of their labor and a mark of what they went through to get there. Sometimes the struggles and obstacles seem overwhelming. This is where the potential becomes greater, mistakes turn into success, flaws become assets and what we once were afraid of gives us confidence. On days I seem to fall the hardest I have to remind myself, “Don’t quit before the miracle happens.”

So I will get back on my training starting today and finish that marathon.

I will nail that monthly yoga pose.

As for you Columbus, welcome back.  Let’s see what you have in store for me.

While my life might seem upside down right now, I guess I’ll have to learn to walk on my hands…finally 🙂

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Stand on those heads ladies! 

 

We must note… the day after Mahvish submitted this post, she completed her 18 mile training run!  You go girl!  

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 9] RUN

Today is a RUN day.  8393

Tuesdays are speed days if you are a veteran.  Get that heart rate up, get more bang for your buck and BLAST away fat!

If you are a newer runner, just try to get out there and log 2 or more miles!

AFTER WARMING UP 5-10 min, here are some ideas for speed training today…

  • Trying to improve your Half Marathon or Marathon time?  Find a track and try some Yasso 800s… start with 4 x 800s at your desired marathon pace [i.e. if you want to run a 4 hour marathon, aim for a 4 minute 800; for a half marathon, just double it… i.e. desired half marathon time is 2 hours, run 800 in 2*2 = 4 minutes].  Rest 60-90 seconds and repeat.
  • Love the mile distance?  Do mile repeats at your 5 or 10K pace, resting 60-90 seconds in between each mile.
  • Pushing a stroller?  Just do intervals!  Pick up your pace from one fire hydrant to the next, slow it down, then repeat.  Your baby will love it!

 

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Photo credits to lululemon.com and runningmom.com 

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 8] XT or REST

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Today is a REST or CROSS TRAIN day.  safecrossing200x200_0

A couple of us rested yesterday and are doing a hot vinyasa class at Pai Yoga & Fitness tonight.  Looking forward to it!

If you are just exercising to stay in shape, or taking our challenge for fun, any type of movement is an acceptable method of cross training.  Walking, biking, hiking, more yoga, weights, swimming… anything that gets you moving and gives you a break from the pounding of running.

If you are training for a race, here are some tips on CROSS TRAINING FOR RUNNERS from Runner’s World

  • Choose workouts that are closest to running in terms of muscles used and aerobic systems taxed including elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and water running.
  • When cross-training, you should be working hard and sweating a lot.
  • Marathon or Half Marathon training?  You can substitute 25-30 percent of your weekly “mileage” with cross-training.

Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones and get to REST today 🙂

Either way, have at it!

Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

Cross Training photo credit to www.cycling360media.com

RUN + YOGA challenge [Day 7]

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Today is a YOGA day.  

Lan headed to Harbor Yoga for a class at their new studio and LOVED it, can’t wait to check it out!

In an earlier post, we talked about the flexibility of this challenge… being able to switch days to fit your schedule… remember?

Yesterday I ran 6 miles, so today I decided to take it easy.  Walked a mile to the park and back with the family and hope to do a little stretching/yoga later, but mostly just having a relax day.

A group of us will be taking a hot yoga class at Pai Yoga and Fitness tomorrow, so that will be our YOGA day.  We will update you on the class and studio, hopefully Tuesday, so check back then!

Off to enjoy some family time on this lovely Sunday afternoon.

Hope you are doing the same!

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Just joining us?  Below are some links to get you started…

The synergy of running and yoga

RUN + YOGA Living Fit [Columbus] Challenge – Day One

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The challenge is below, both a picture and pdf version.

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YOGA + RUN challenge [PDF version]

Disclaimer:  We are NOT PROFESSIONAL runners or yogis, so make sure you check with your doctor and/or exercise professional for tips, advice, etc.  We are just a group of fitness junkies who love a good challenge now and then 🙂

Cross Training photo credit to www.cycling360media.com