Running Imposter

I felt like an imposter running around Boston yesterday. I was surrounded by ‘real’ runners, who weren’t actually running yesterday, since they are all tapering for their marathon Monday. No, the real runners were outside walking around, enjoying the sunshine in their 2012 Boston Marathon jackets and t-shirts. Instead of feeling great about running 10 miles, my 2nd to last long training run before my 1/2 marathon next month, I was feeling a little left out of the Boston running scene.

After spending a whole year away, I now appreciate the fact that the Boston is an incredible running city. Yesterday, I did a 10 mile loop from the North End, down Memorial Drive, over the JFK Footbridge and back down Storrow Drive:

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Another beautiful site? The Trader Joe’s a hit at mile 4 when I was needing a bathroom/seriously dehydrated (they don’t turn on the outdoor water fountains until May 1st).

For roughly 49 cents I got a bottle of water, a Cliff Z Bar, a dried fruit stick and a coconut water for post run. I was tempted to buy more, but I only had a little running backpack with me and 6 more miles to go.

I’m pretty sure if Trader Joes just started selling everything, the Country’s economic crisis would be over.

Sometimes during long runs I hate stopping, but yesterday it worked well. When I left Trader Joes I started thinking I had 10 more miles to go, then quickly realized when I re-started the timer on my Garmin I had already gone over 4, which meant I had a little under 6 miles left to go. Somehow, my 10 mile run turned into a 6 mile run in my brain, and my brain luckily passed that information on to my body. I’m not sure if this logic could work for 26.2, but hey, it’s worth a shot!

I finished and felt pretty great, other than the whole imposter thing. If you are not a fellow imposter and are actually running tomorrow, good luck! And take care, record high temperatures and marathons are never a good match. When I ran Boston in 2006, it was overcast and 60s and I remember feeling overheated. While it’s great to see all the excitement going on in Boston, in addition to feeling a little left out, I’m also feeling a little stressed, about my commute to and from Waltham tomorrow. This is never a great thing to see when you live in the North End:

Spring Cleansing!

Spring cleaning is probably something you do for your house/apartment/desk/car. What about a spring cleansing for your body though? Start getting in shape for summer now and jump start your healthy routine by:

 

-Cutting out sugar filled sodas and juices and drinking 8+ glasses of water a day. Find regular H2O a little blah? Add in some lemon, fresh mint leaves, or both! Unsweetened Herbal tea is great too, try a glass of peppermint tea to curb post-dinner/late night sugar cravings.

 

-Eating or drinking your veggies. I’ve been having a green smoothie first thing every morning, what a great way to start the day! Add in some spinach or kale, flax, and your favorite fruits (frozen fruits work well too for a thicker smoothie). Combine this with some a side salad with lunch and some steamed veggies with dinner and you’re good to go.

 

-Get your sweat on. Run outside, practice yoga, pump some iron at the gym, do jumping jacks in your cubical, whatever it takes.

 

-Get 8 hours of sleep. Or at least 7. I’ve been only averaging 6 most nights, and boy does that add up (insert temper tantrums and unnecessary breakdowns here)

 

-Take advantage of the better weather (that hasn’t really come to Boston yet) and get outside! Sign up for a road race, dance in the rain, start a garden. The fresh air will do you wonders! 

 

Maybe I’m on to something with this spring cleansing, or maybe I’m just avoiding the actual spring cleaning. Either way, happy spring, I hope your enjoying so far! I missed a year of seasons in Costa Rica, and I must say I’m happy to have them back; allergies, rain, lost hour (daylight savings) and all.

 

As I go try to get in my 7 hours tonight, I’ll leave you with a little pre-weekend inspiration:

 

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Yoga: Some like it hot

I LOVE hot yoga. I don’t do it all the time, but each time I get the chance it never ceases to amaze me just how much sweat I am capable of producing.

After my 8 mile run yesterday in the drizzly cold weather, nothing sounded more appealing today than stretching out my poor muscles in a heated room. I bought a Groupon for a pass to Prana Power Yoga the other week, and this was my second time taking advantage of that. I know I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but Prana is definitely one of my favorite yoga studios in the Boston area (there are 3 studios in Boston- I’ve only been to the Cambridge location). The class was hot, and made even hotter by the fact that there was 70+ other people in the room sweating along with me. I don’t love how Prana classes are so crowded, all those crazy Groupon people (ie me) probably don’t help the already very popular studio. After class though, you are way to out-of-it to realize there are so many other (smelly,wet) people around you. I walk through the next hour after class in a completely blissful state of unawareness. Or maybe it’s hyper-awareness? Regardless, it’s amazing. So good you probably shouldn’t be able to drive a car and/or operate heavy machinery good.

Normally when you tell people you do hot yoga, Bikram comes to mind. I’ve done Bikram, and it is intense. I like the heat, and don’t mind the pose sequence (which is always the same-so if you don’t like repetition this would probably not be for you).

Do this. Sweat. Repeat.

What I don’t like so much is the bootcamp style. My first class they told us that we weren’t to leave the room for any reason, it didn’t matter if we had to go to the bathroom, throw-up, or pass out, we just couldn’t leave. Of course that left me feeling like I had to do all 3 of those things, simultaneously (I’m happy to report I didn’t, although I’m sure that would have made for an interesting post).

The classes there are hotter, but I wouldn’t say you sweat more than Prana- I don’t think that’s possible. The deal breaker for me with Bikram, was the smell. The studio is carpeted, with the sweatiest carpet you could imagine, and as a result it smells like feet. Prana does not smell like feet, therefore, Prana wins in my book.

Do you have a favorite yoga style or studio?