I must confess, when I see people running, I secretly race them.B I don’t know why, its my inner competitive child that never got out when I was younger since I didn’t partake in any sports until I was 24.B Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.B Combine this secret racing with a self-imposed marathon and you get one sore Liana the next day.
When I got to the gym for my lunch break, I mentally wanted to run but I knew although I felt energetic that the knots of soreness in my right upper leg might beg to differ.B With less then 11 days before my marathon I decided there’s no need to argue with the legs.B So 4.2 miles on the elliptical with some arm weights and a ton of foam rolling became the new plan.
After work I made an urgent date in my outlook calender for a Bikram session where I reached a new level of sweat.B I had so much sweat dripping, pouring that I kept sliding all over my mat even with two towels covering it!
And as ridiculous as I looked (and let me tell you I take quite the award for lack of balance) the hips and legs felt looser.B I also didn’t die from drowning in my own sweat, although I was pretty close to it.B Maybe the soreness will leave the body tonight.
Also, can I mention how awesome Thai food is.B Can I also mention how much more awesome Thai food is after a 26 mile run.
I think if calories were no issue and I had a personal chef, I would live of drunken noodles!
Whats your favorite type of food?
Thai! Thai! and some fried ice cream
Do you ever race random strangers on your runs?
I am slowly through many injuries learning that if my legs, knees and hip-flexors are trying to hint at something, I should listen.B After running 38 miles in three days; the equivalent of what I used to run in a week, my hips, legs, and knees were tired.B They wanted a break and although my energy was great, I knew I needed to take it out on something else.B When lunch time game, I had a game plan:
I picked things up and put them down for about 25 minutes
And I did 25 minutes of elliptical in between weights, 12.5min to warm up, 12.5min in between my final weight set.
And all while wearing my super-cute Waldo T-Shirt.B Is anyone really too old to buy silly low quality $5 t-shirts?
After work I went to my semi annual Bikram Yoga.
Bikram is usually done in a room that is heated at a minimum 105F degrees and about 40% humidity.
The room is kept at this temperature or more for the following:
- Keeping the body from overheating (contrary to popular misconception)
- Protecting the muscles to allow for deeper stretching
- Detoxing the body (open pores to let toxins out)
- Thinning the blood to clear the circulatory system
- Increasing heart rate for better cardiovascular workout
- Improving strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization
- Reorganize the lipids (fat) in the muscular structure
Its always the same 26 poses so it appeals to my depending and predictable character I seek at times in a workout:
and although I find myself more in this position
And while I am a clumsy, inflexible, uncoordinated and rarely know what I’m doing
I always try my best and come out feeling great.B Unlike Vinyasa Yoga, I feel more awake, and my muscles feel like they got the love, care and stretch they needed to come back the next day with a stronger run =)