Something New

The past week has been uneventful. So uneventful that the only thing I can recall is trying Chobani Pomegranite yogurt for the first time and hating it. I swear there are little weird crunchies in it that make you feel like you just chipped a filling when you bite down on them. I don’t know why the world is suddenly filled with pomegranite flavored things, but I wish they would go away because they suck.

Anyway, I had an amazing run on Tuesday. Amazing. My legs were so sore from Crossfit the day before, but I sucked it up and found the only available treadmill at the gym (the one with the broken TV next to the stinky guy without deodorant). And it was blissful (the run, not the stinky guy). My hamstring is back to normal and it was literally the best run I’ve had all year.

  • Mile 1: 10:00
  • Mile 2: 9:40
  • Mile 3: 9:30
  • Mile 4: 9:22
  • Mile 5: 9:13/9:05

If we’re friends on Daily Mile, you’ve already seen that. If we’re not, we totally should be so my blog is just a bunch of redundant crap once I finally get to posting about my runs. 😉

Wednesday, I went to an unplanned spin class because the place I go to closed. Today was their last day. I’m so bummed about it because I loved it there. Now I’m on the hunt for a new place. Anyone in the Orlando area know of a place to take spin that doesn’t require a gym membership?

With my spin place closing and other workouts shifting around, I now have four unplanned workout days a week. That’s kinda weird for me. On one hand, it will be nice to free up some time and not be so scheduled but on the other hand, I pre-plan all my workouts so I don’t punk out on them. So most likely, two of those days will go to speed runs. Then I might look for a good yoga place, even though I hate yoga because I can’t relax in group settings and it’s so boring.

But I need to stretch more often (and by more often, I mean at all) because running has made my body so tight. And not in that, “Dayum! Her body is tight!” way.

I’ve taken yoga five times total and know three things: I hate hot yoga, power yoga, and I don’t know the names of poses. I want it more for stretching and not so much a crazy work out. At least, not yet. So for the yoga peeps out there, what do you recommend?

 

 

 

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  1. Yippee for a killer run! Your legs owed it to you! As for yoga, it’s not for me either. Just ain’t my thang.*
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  2. Lee

    The passionfruit one has weird crunchies in it too. Not a fan.

  3. I love pomegranate, but HATE pomegranate flavored things! It’s some bullshiz. without the little seeds, ya’ll are just effing with me! Effers.

  4. Miz

    I love loove me some pomegranate
    I wanna try some PASSION FRUIT NOW.

    In running awe,

    Miz.

  5. I actually like that yogurt — but the passion fruit (also has seeds) grosses me out – so I feel ya.

    Woo-hoo for a great run! When are we running together again?
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  6. Sarah S

    I have no idea on yoga because I hate it all. Too much pseudo-spiritual crap for my angry exerciser self.
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  7. Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner

    I despise the pomegranate flavored things as well and I HATE the pomegranate chobani. HATE IT.
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  8. I don’t like that flavor just for that reason! Hate the seeds!!
    I suck at yoga. I’m not flexible at all. I’m going to try to do yoga more often too though…we’ll see if it actually happens. 😉
    Yay for a great run!
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  9. Allyssa

    Yes, I have found another pomegranate hater! I always feel like the only one. I don’t understand why people like eating them at all. The little seeds are so gross. It’s like eating grapes and not picking out the seeds. I just don’t get the appeal.

  10. There’s runners yoga. I found a class where I live it’s fantastic they focus on the muscles that you tense up. I love the picture off the unhappy yoga puppy

  11. Amber K

    Ugh, I really need to start doing yoga again, but I just can’t seem to get into the mindset anymore. But I’m with you on the tight thing. I need to loosen up!

  12. Kate

    I hate hot yoga too. Bikram is also pretty boring because it’s the exact same every time and people say stupid things like, “get deeper into your practice.” Look for Ashtanga or Vinyasa or anything that says “Flow” Those are generally more stretchy.

  13. You knew I wouldn’t be able to not comment on this post! I’m so excited you want to give yoga a try!!! There are a ton of different types of yoga out there and I’m sure you’ll find one that is appropriate for you.

    So you hate group fitness and want something more calming, but bore easily? That’s a toughie, because the more calming types of yoga are definitely, ahem, a little bit more of a struggle to get into mentally (i.e. boring in my book). If calming, stretchy yoga is what you’re looking for, then a gentle hatha might be a good route.

    You also mentioned that you aren’t into hot yoga or power yoga. By hot, do you mean Bikram? I practice hot vinyasa and hot power yoga, but I would rather chew my foot off then go to a Bikram class. The heat for a vinyasa class will aid in flexibility and loosening up your muscles; I notice that I feel like I’m “tearing” a bit during non-heated classes. I think vinyasa is incredibly relaxing, stretches me out a ton and gives me a great workout, but that’s me and everyone is different.

    Another avenue to pursue could be sculpt classes. They are typically divided into different portions and you’ll do some light yoga with weightlifting, running in place, and other cardio stuff. Sculpt is another thing that I hate, but a ton of people adore it.

    If the group fitness thing is really the biggest factor, I would encourage you to try yoga in a class setting for a few weeks and see how your opinion changes (if it does). I used to HATE group fitness, but with yoga, everyone is so focused on what they’re doing, they could give two craps about you. Seriously.

    One of the best things about yoga studios is that they typically give a free week and then a discounted first month. You could bounce around to a few for relatively no cost and further evaluate what you like/dislike.

    Good luck!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!

    • I actually planned on asking you but got busy today. I know you are queen yoga bee! I like group fitness, I just don’t relax in a group setting, so when the teacher is telling me to relax or trying to put scented oil on my forehead…that is a no go. I’m not sure what hot yoga I did. Maybe it was Bikram? The room was over 100 degrees and if I want to sweat like that by barely moving, I will walk outside at noon. I may like power yoga at some point, but since I have no clue what I’m doing pose-wise, I need to start off slowly, ya know?

      • Okeydokey. So let’s start here: Bikram is a more regimented form of yoga where 26 poses are practices in a particular sequence, each pose being done twice. The room is heated to about 105 degrees with (I think) around 45% humidity. There are other forms of yoga that are done in the heat as well that are more fun. But, being that you live in a sauna, it’s totally understandable that you may not be interested in spending your time there :).

        I would recommend vinyasa classes. All classes can be adjusted for beginners. When you start taking classes, let the instructor know that you’re new and not really comfortable be touched and have troubles relaxing. Every instructor is usually just so excited to share yoga, they will do anything to make the experience better for you. As goofy as it sounds, it is YOUR practice and you can do whatever you need to do to get into it. Once, I laid on my back for the entire class and that was totally cool with everyone. And it was super relaxing :).

        And I definitely wouldn’t worry about not knowing the poses. Every yogi starts somewhere! When I started, I would get a spot in the back and watch what everyone else is doing until I got the hang of it. Also, most places will have different levels of classes (ex: 1, 1.5, 2, 3), so you can progress according to your comfort level. But definitely don’t feel weird about that, because it’s not like you took a shit ton of sanskrit classes growing up, right?? 😉

        Sorry I write the longest comments ever. Anyways, once you get into it, you’ll get more and more comfortable with what you’re doing. Believe me, I was in the same exact boat; not into group fitness, not relaxed, and clueless about poses. Now, not only is it a great workout and super relaxing, it’s a ton of fun :).

  14. My mom is always talking about that Chobani, but when she described the “pips” I could not do it. I don’t like that idea of little scary chunks. How do they stay fresh? Too many questions in my head to enjoy it. Plus I saw the grams of sugar…that confirmed I would not be eating it.

    • Yes! I always thought the sugar was crazy too but tried to forgive it because of the protein. The only flavor I really like is the lemon one. It’s good in smoothies.

  15. Verlin

    I HATE Bikram yoga, but love hot Moksha (or, at least, that’s what we call it in Canada) yoga. If you’ve only tried Bikram, you might want to give other hot yoga a chance. Othe than that, I love power yoga (which you hate), so maybe I’m not one to give you advice. Someone above mentioned runner’s yoga though, and I haven’t been, but heard it’s great.

    • I think I could like power yoga but since I’m a beginner, it goes way too fast for me to keep up. It’s like once I figure out how to do a move, they are on to the next one already. So I just stay in child’s pose. And cry.

  16. runderbykat

    People think pomegranites are the new magic ingredient in weight loss… I like pomegranites raw (basically because they take for-ev-er to eat and it keeps me from eating a box of cereal), but I DO NOT like them in Chobani. Weird texture, funny taste… not good.
    I am not a yoga fan either. My one experience in hot yoga resulted in me getting the stink eye from the instructor for laughing when someone passed gas. Sorry I’m so mature.

  17. Verlin

    “And cry” – you funny, girl. If you don’t know the poses, the first few times are going to be frustrating, regardless. For me, I find that the teacher’s voice/mojo are very important. If they have a relaxing, pleasant voice, I’m their slave. Keep trying – you’ll find one you like – or not – but at least you’ve lived on the edge (or cried on the floor – whatever).

  18. The pomegranite is totally gross: who are these people that like this shiz?

    Bethenny yoga. For the 400th time. I know you think she’s annoying, but it’s good for a stretch. Swear to god.