In 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. :)