Sweating and Wheezing, So Hot Right Now

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fitfluential-disclosureIn an attempt to act like a real-deal grown-up, I decided that I was going to take yoga classes regularly. After last fall’s 5K, where I discovered that yoga doesn’t adequately prepare you for running 3 miles when you haven’t been running 3 miles (surprise!), I figured I should get in a good mix of both. So I was doing that, and then I went through this marathon work session where I did nothing but sweat in front of a computer for two weeks. At the end of those two weeks, I was like, wow, I’m cranky. 

I stepped on the scale to find that – duh – two weeks of being sedentary wasn’t really great for me. Thus, I decided, that even though work obligations come up and momming is super important, so is self-care. This sounds trite, right? Like we’ve all heard this, but then I keep forgetting it, so I feel like I continually have to re-hear it. Titania’s interview yesterday re-inspired me, as well. Now the goal is to get to yoga a few times a week, and the days that I’m not trying to twist myself into a pose that supposedly resembles an animal (crow! lizard! chupacabra! <—not a real pose), I pull on my running shoes and slog out a couple of miles.

I am not a distance runner. I’ve never even attempted more than three miles (God bless you marathon runners, because I am just like, what? 26 miles? That’s a drive to a really good mall, you know?). Reebok holla’d at me and sent over their new running shoes for me to try out.

The ZQuick is made for speed (the sole replicates technology used in Z-rated tires), and they’re super light. If you’re a marathoner, these are great for speed training and days you want to do something else besides run 26 miles (you know, to the good mall). When the weather is nice, and even when the weather is not so nice, I like to run at the beach. It’s a half-mile run to the beach, and then I run up and down the shore and get to have the beach experience (salty smells, weird seagulls) even in the dead of winter. It’s also incredibly cold in the not-summer, but I get rewarded with views like these.


Can’t hate that. Otherwise, I’m inside on my treadmill, doing – at the most – three miles, and when I’m working on speed, I just do one mile as fast as I can. And wheeze the whole time. Obvi, I’m no pro. I run because I like to eat a lot, and I’m not willing to give up tapas or fajitas or… bread. The ZQuicks are great for my short runs, and they’re also light enough that I can stay in my running gear and work on some handstands. (Anyone else run only in shorts, regardless of the weather? Pants weigh my legs down, I swear it.)


(One day I’ll get there.. maybe.)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions and really bad handstands are always my own. :)

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  • Reply Mary February 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Dude, self care is so important. I’m a school counselor so almost all of my work day is being with and caring for other people. I’ve discovered if I don’t hit the gym by myself for an hour on the way home that I “self care” at home by eating junk food and then I feel terrible and am a total grouch by the time my husband gets home. I’m pretty sure the best self care for my mental health and happiness is working out. Never thought I’d say that. Also, shoes… Good shoes make practically anything better.

  • Reply Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. February 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    What do you mean chupacabra isn’t a pose? I do it on the daily. I also like cthulhu – one of my faves. ;)

    • Reply Roo February 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Hahahaha. My fave is the honey badger, fo sho.


  • Reply Melissa February 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I like your style. I like 2-3 short 2.5ish mile runs a week and 3-5 yoga classes depending on the week. Also, I do a couple of suryas as a warm up to run and a couple afterward to stretch out as well. Since the Polar Vortex has overstayed it’s welcome YET AGAIN in the upper midwest, I’m hitting cycle classes instead of running, since treadmills make me want to poke my eyeballs out.

    Also, I like running only in spandex, prevents chafing! Spandex rules! Plus it helps things…jiggle less.

  • Reply Maggie February 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    “I am not a distance runner. I’ve never even attempted more than three miles (God bless you marathon runners, because I am just like, what? 26 miles? That’s a drive to a really good mall, you know?).”

    This cracked me up… I don’t really want to drive 26 miles for ANYTHING if I can help it. Certainly not going to run it.

  • Reply Anna February 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I feel like a toddler, kicking and screaming, whenever I read my blog pals inspiring posts about exercising. And this is obviously because I do minimal exercising. Like walk-to-mailbox-down-small-hill-to-get-mail kind of minimal. But, OKAY ROO! I’LL EXERCISE! *Cue running to mailbox instead of walking*

  • Reply Alicia February 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Good for you! The nice thing about running is you can do it anywhere, and even if you can only carve out 15 minutes it’s at least something! I don’t even have kids but it can still be hard to find the time/motivation to work out, but if I tell myself I’ll just run 10 minutes, usually once I get out there I go a bit longer and I’m always so happy I did! And doing both running and yoga are so good for you, you might even be able to find a yoga class geared towards runners (lots of runner’s lunges!). My local Lululemon also has a running group + yoga class after. It’s a bigger chunk of time to devote to exercise but it feels so good!

  • Reply Jen February 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Roo! Go get ’em, tiger. (Also I can’t see your pictures on Feedly.)

  • Reply Katelyn February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    How is the support with those sneakers? I’ve been looking for a lighter pair of running shoes but the support is always lacking for me. :-/

  • Reply Cassie February 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I suck at self care. I’m trying to be better. I quit drinking pop- not for the typical health benefits, but for because it gives me migraines and makes me sick, yet I kept drinking it to get rid of the migraines.
    I hate running because I hate bulky shoes, but if these are as light as you say they are, I may buy some of these and start running :)

  • Reply julie March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    What are ya’ll talking about “short” 2-3 mile runs? I am a sort of regular 5k-er now and still if I go out running I am all BAM! if I go a mile and a half without stopping. Don’t sell yourselves short, running is HARD!

  • Reply Courtney @ http://www.harnessyourenergy.wordpress.com March 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    The thought of running in full on pants is already making me break a sweat.

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