So, I'll try to keep this as short as possible.
We were scheduled and registered to run a race this morning but poor Ellie (the running dog) was under the weather all night and we didn't feel comfortable leaving her for the 5 hours or so to go to the race.
As a result, we got a High Rocks run in a little later in the morning.
I felt that I was the least prepared of any spring first race that I have been in years. And, honestly, I was looking forward to it mostly to shock me back into the reality of training properly. I have run about 4 or 5 times since the fall and some of you may have seen my post about a plea for a treadmill because of the weather this winter. I have plenty of friends who have trained outside this whole winter...so I have had no excuse.
Many of you also know, that I have been raving about my Bikram Yoga practice since January. As well as how much my own "Barre" classes have been kicking my butt. Prior to January, I was doing very little for exercise (not proud of it but it's true). I have not run on a treadmill once, lifted a weight over 8 lbs., run around a track for speed work, or participated in circuit classes in way too long! I have pretty much done Bikram Yoga three times a week and taught "Barre" class three times a week.
Back to my High Rocks run this morning...I decided that since I was missing the race, I would run as if I was in a race (I was so pissed off about missing it that that energy could have played a factor in my performance...not sure if I will ever know for sure). My normal M.O. is a slow start. I'm very creaky usually and need at least the first 2 miles to settle in. My best miles usually come after the 4th as a matter of fact. Not today. I started out fast, and stayed fast. My strength in races and the way I can usually keep up when running with friends is that I'm not half bad on the down hills and can use them for catching up a little bit. My uphills today were bizarre. Strong and efficient...not easy. The trails will NEVER be easy! My breathing was definitely different also. I could feel the air going deeper into my lungs and staying in there longer. It's gotta be the yoga. I'm sure some of you are thinking, "duh, Leah".
("duh", you know, popular in the late 70's?). My recovery was quick at the top of the hills and at the end of the run, I didn't tighten up like usual and I wasn't as relieved the whole thing was over as I usually am.
JD was wondering where my idea of going out slow went :)
My core was stronger than it's been in awhile and had no leg fatigue. Could it be "Barefoot at the Barre"? How the hell will I ever know for sure? All that I know is that I feel a little like a personal science experiment and I also know that I have not run that fast with so few pre-runs under my belt ever.
It could have all been a perfect storm or a freaky fluke. But I know I'm going to yoga tomorrow. Not that I needed an extra excuse to go.
Below are links to a few relative articles that articulate much, much better than I have and also elaborate a little more on the science behind why today might not have been a fluke.
Next time I'm super slow, feel like my legs are full of sand, and am gasping for my last breath at the top of the switch back....today was definitely a fluke!
Have a great weekend...get out there and fake it 'til you make it!!!
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8:45 am "Barefoot at the Barre"...need I say more?
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Hello! My name is Leah Dillon and I am a Certified Personal Trainer and health and fitness enthusiast.