Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. - Dean Karnazes⠀ ... Halloween treadmill run without any scares. This is how it's supposed to be! There has been several times in the last few weeks that I wanted to quit. ... It's frustrating to not be able to do what you know you should be able to do. When it feels like your body is just not cooperating. I'm so thankful that I didn't quit & this weekend I'm going to enjoy the half marathon! ... 👇Are you dressing up tonight or staying in?
Last long run before the Backcountry Half marathon yesterday. We ran the first part of the course again & felt STRONG! After weeks of yuck, this was so much better than I expected. ... Now to trust that everything will come together on Saturday for another strong day on the trails. And I can finally cross this race of my to-do list. ... 👇How was your weekend workout(s)
Halloween shenanigans, Doctor Who style. With the first ever female Doctor, I was so excited to recreate her look (and Kirk is the 11th Doctor -- Matt Smith will always be a favorite). ... If you have no idea what i'm talking about, you should head over to BBC and find the episode Blink. That's exactly how we got hooked years ago & the Weaping Angels are a classic. ... And yes, i'm kind of thinking we should go to Comicon now, since we have the right costumes and people will recognize who we are! ... 👇Who are you dressing as for Halloween?? Tell me in the comments & tag me in your photo so I can see your look!!
Easing back into things after my 3-day supported fast earlier this week with High Fat Coffee for breakfast. ... I typically intermittent fast and have black coffee at breakfast, but the protocol I'm following calls for a break during this period. I forgot how creamy these coffees can be!! 💓☕ (Especially satisfying after a run & core work this morning.)
🧘Yin vs Yang: Do you think about this for your weekly workouts? ... This Chinese philosophy is how opposite forces are complementary and benefit each other when in balance. Most of the workouts we think of would be yang (action/doing) -- running, strength training, cycling. So it's important to include yin movements in your week (receiving/being). ... I've been more conscious of this in the past year and have noticed a lot more balance as a result. Yin yoga feels amazing in my body and really balances out all the work my body (and mind) goes through each week. I'll also apply one of my favorite yoga oils before class to make my practice even better! ... A few other Yin-dominant practices you can consider: prayer, meditation, & massage. Incorporating these into your routine can have big impacts! .... 👇Have you thought about Yin and Yang as it relates to your workouts? What is your favorite Yin practice or which do you want to add your routine?
Taper is underway for my upcoming half marathon & I'm taking advantage of the downtime to reset things a bit with a 3-day supported fast. For these three days I'm focusing more on me - focusing on gentle movement (hello yin yoga!), lots of water, and bone broth at the end of each day. ... It might seem like odd timing with my sub-par running these last few weeks, but I think this may be exactly what my body needs right now. To be clear -- this is NOT a quick-fix weight loss approach. Instead, the benefits are around metabolic flexibility, increased energy, hormone reset, and immune system boost (autophagy). ... As with all things nutrition -- fasting is NOT for everyone, so please work with a nutrition coach before trying this on your own. It may or may not be the right approach for you. :)