It was snowy and pretty cold with the wind chill this morning, so I decided to take my long run to the treadmill. It never got too cold to run outside in South Carolina, so I’m having a little bit of a shock (although I did expect this) after moving to the Chicago area. Days like today are why I asked Scott for my treadmill for my birthday/Christmas and it has been getting plenty of use.
|My view from the treadmill.|
He actually set things up pretty nicely for me with my TV and Blu-ray player, and he got me a nice fan for Christmas, which helps move the air around. I’ve been watching Season One of Dollhouse on my runs lately (after making it through Firefly–yes, I am a Whedon fan), which helps keep me from getting too bored.
I ran 11 miles at a really slow pace, but I was in the right heart rate zone, so I’m trying to be okay with my speed (or lack thereof). I’m really working on listening to my body pace-wise and running at the correct effort based on heart rate as I try to gain back my speed and fitness.
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I stretched, had some of my favorite recovery drink for after long runs, Endurox R4, showered, and then did a little bit of yoga. Because I was still working on getting things stretched out after my run and I didn’t want anything too strenuous, I went with my Power Yoga Flexibility DVD.
I actually really like this video if I want a quick (it’s only 25 minutes long) yoga workout to get in some stretching. It’s not as tough as an hour-long power yoga or vinyasa class, so it works well for me if I don’t to add too much stress to my body. And, getting in the small bit of yoga gave me a chance to try out this new lululemon headband I picked up on Saturday when I went to my local store’s community yoga. (It was fantastic, by the way. I love their Fly Away Tamer headbands.)
Now I’m chilling out and watching the Puppy Bowl with my dogs. They don’t seem nearly as interested in it as I am.
I hope all of you are having a great Sunday!