Vegas and Veggies, please.

Pano of the Las Vegas strip from Omnia Nightclub!
Pano of the Las Vegas strip from Omnia Nightclub!

Today, I craved veggies so badly, and Chipotle sufficed.

In other news, it has been a very tiring week. This past weekend, the Vegas trip my girlfriends and I were planning for months finally happened. Needless to say, it was SO FUN!

After two days of clubbing and filling up on spirits, I knew it was time to detox. Back to the routine. Yoga + tea, and moderate eating. I mean, I really didn’t do too bad in Vegas, eating-wise. Pho and Vietnamese sandwiches were pretty healthy options – it was the drinking that got me. Well, all on a special occasion, right?

Sunday night, I returned to the mat and found myself a tad less flexible, seeing as I didn’t do yoga since Thursday. A little recovery yoga first, and then last night I resumed Day 17 of my 30 Days of Yoga.

Like running, I keep telling myself that results don’t come so fast – you have to work at it, it is a journey. I had trouble getting the crow pose down yesterday but when I took a deep breath and relaxed, I found myself at ease again. There goes my overthinking again – I really need to work on that. Overthinking is hindering my abilities.

This weekend, my sister will be visiting for her birthday weekend, and I’ve already purchased my Disney tickets! I’m so excited! However, it’s going to be another busy weekend – but I’m hoping to get a yoga session done along the way. My sister’s also been on the yoga grind and has been consistent (and I am so proud of her!), so maybe we can do one together. 🙂

I haven’t ran since last week, and I’m honestly planning for a long, slow (very slow) run the weekend after, in preparation to get back to the grind in May. I miss running and I feel lazy not doing so, but I’m enjoying my break the best I can.

Hope everyone’s been having a great week so far!

Till next time,

P.

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Hello, Bakasana.

It’s been a couple days and I already miss having some cardio (ahem, running) in my life.

I mean, just by giving myself a break from running doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop running altogether! I’m actually itching to run a HIIT 2-miler tomorrow morning. I might do just that, honestly.

Also, I think I’m a tad bit excited for the Beat the Blerch 2015 being announced! I heard about this just last year and am making it a MUST do on my running list this year! Signing up.. as soon as I have the funds! With Vegas and Disneyland on the horizon… eek. I just can’t wait to get these trips aside (although I’m looking very much forward to them!!), then save some money + sign up for Beat the Blerch and the Girls on the Go half!

I really have plans to get my butt into gear and get back to training for the half either in May or June.

Another update: I HAVE ACHIEVED THE BAKASANA (in full), or the “Crow Pose”.

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Granted, I can only last about 2 seconds until I can’t take it anymore. BUT STILL. I was absolutely ecstatic! Just two weeks ago (or like, since ever), I could not even try to lift my toes off the ground. My core and my arms were bust. But as of yesterday, I have achieved letting my feet go off the ground!

It’s such a weird – but awesome – feeling to describe. Once I felt confident in myself, looked ahead, took careful breaths, I eventually sank into the pose. Yoga is changing me day by day; I am a believer. I love where I’m headed.

The next step? Mastering the pose. 😉

I hope that everyone has had a great Monday!

Till next time,

P.

A break. Runner’s haitus… and other updates.

I think that’s where I’m at right now.

But I feel so bad that I haven’t been running!

Earlier this week, I had intended to get a run in before my doctor’s appointment, and since I was short on time, I couldn’t. I had to get a holter monitor to monitor my heartbeat since sometimes it flutters (but, I swear, everything else is okay – doctor just wanted to be sure!). Since I had to wear this monitor for two days, and could not shower (ugh, tell me about it), that means nix on the running. Tell me I’m not the only one that gets extremely salty and sweaty during my runs? Yeah.

So I continued on with my yoga. As of today, I have completed 11 days of the 30 day challenge; I’ve been consistent. I’ve been getting flexible. Each day I can do poses that I wouldn’t normally be able to do. I’ve been feeling good. I can hold a crow pose for about a fraction of a second. I definitely couldn’t do that two weeks ago.

Yoga is definitely changing me. It’s changing the way I feel, the way I breathe, think. It’s even changing my posture – in a positive way. 🙂

But with running… I don’t know what it is. After having a solid running schedule since Spring 2013, I think I do need a break. Don’t elite runners also have some down time too? I wonder.

I still have full intentions to run a half marathon this fall too.

If anything, my plan is to start training in June.

Again, I’m not giving up on running altogether, but I don’t think I will be as active with it for the time being. I really don’t plan on making this a permanent thing. Nothing can replace a good run. Honestly, I’m craving a long distance slow run. But after having plans consistently for the past couple of weekends, and then Vegas and Disneyland the coming weeks, this is my first weekend just relaxing. Enjoying myself. Since I’ve been back from Germany I feel as if there’s always something to do, and I’m just exhausted! Tomorrow, I will start off the day with a yoga sequence, and then go for a swim in the afternoon.

In other news, earlier this week I also found out that I GOT INTO THE GRAD PROGRAM I WANTED! With a tough call between mastering in history or library science, I decided to go with the MLIS because it would provide me with the skill that I need. With that said, I also plan on volunteering at the local library during the summer to get some more experience under my belt; I recently quit volunteering at the museum in LA simply because it was too far.

Anyway, I hope that everyone has had a great weekend – tomorrow is Sunday! Time to bask in the happiness of what’s left of the weekend.

Till next time,

P.

Race Day Recap: Peter Cottontail 5k

So today was my first race back since January… and it went great!

First off, I did not even get a run in until yesterday after work! I did my favorite HIIT workout on the treadmill to work on my speed, but I took it easy. I can honestly say that I feel like doing yoga for the past week definitely helped my posture and core. I felt really good after my run last night. I ended up finishing the night with Day 3 of Adriene’s “30 Days of Yoga” Challenge – which by the way, I highly recommend, even for the beginner!

After the gym, I also received the most recent issue of Runner’s World in the mail. YES!

The race started at 7 am, which meant that I had to get up early today, 5:30 am, to be exact.. and I haven’t gotten up this early in so long. It was tough. After a cup of black coffee and some cereal I headed out the door.

The race was held by a local organization, so there weren’t too many people; probably under a hundred runners. It was held at a popular trail in my area, which was nice since I haven’t ran it yet! Since there were still a lot of people coming in a little late, we didn’t start until about 7:15 or so, which was fine since I needed to warm up a bit.

I went into it with a clear head: I was just going to go my own pace – a comfortable pace – and just finish it. I didn’t want to look at my app to see my pace per mile or how far I had left to go. I really just wanted to run it. Since I haven’t ran outside n a while, it was nice that there was a dirt trail next to the paved path. Running on the dirt trail definitely was easier on my legs!

I ended up finishing in 30:28 for 3.16 miles – not too shabby, averaging at a 9:38 pace! They haven’t released the official times yet, so I’ll keep you all posted – I’m hoping it’s actually lower than the time recorded on my app, hehe!

And there you have it – I have my Easter bunny medal! Whoo hoo!

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Once I got home, I already had to get ready for a museum day trip for a friend’s birthday: the Getty! I was super excited since I had never gone, so it was great to finally check it out! The museum nerd in me was absolutely in love!

View of the city from the Getty!
View of the city from the Getty!
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see,  I'm working my core! ;)
Trying to imitate the sculpture! As you can see, I’m working my core! 😉

Overall, today was a great day. Reminded me of how much I’ve missed running – however, I will point out that after my run, my allergies had been bugging me all day. That’s one thing I didn’t miss.

Till next time,

P.