Athleta Gift Card Giveaway + My first yoga class!

I know I’m super late to the yoga train (like so late that I had to chase the train to hop on board), but I am excited to say- I loved yoga!!!

Now I will no longer feel guilty about wearing yoga pants. Ha. Like I ever felt guilty about the comfiest invention ever.

After my 20 mile run on Sunday, I headed to my first yoga class with my friend Shanna.

yoga shanna me

Earlier that week, we signed up for the class using fitmob.

Logo-fitmob

fitmob offers various workouts (ranging from cardio to strength training, dance, and yoga) with top trainers in many neighborhoods in the Bay Area! What I like about fitmob was that members (free to join!) can workout in various neighborhoods and you can pay weekly. Oh and members never pay for inactivity (um. you know how you say, I’m not going to cancel that gym membership cause I’m definitely going to go tomorrow… hello bag of chips. and then you pay for a year to NOT go to the gym)

Right now you can get a free 7 day trial, and we decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to try yoga! We selected a Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Tree.

yoga tree

I had tried some yoga videos online. Honestly, I hated them. I didn’t like how slow everything was, with all the pausing (which seemed like forever), so I tended to get bored.

This class was completely different!! Vinyasa Flow moves at a faster pace (relatively speaking) and each movement flows into the next. If you were like me and thought yoga was boring, try a vinyasa flow class! Oh and I’m definitely going to try to find some vinyasa flow yoga videos online :)

I did tell the instructor (Nanci- who was awesome!) that I had never taken a yoga class before. She insured me that I would be fine, and it’s perfectly okay to hold a pose if you cannot move on to the next one. Throughout the class she stressed good form, which I loved. She said it was much better to have good form in a “beginner modified” pose, than to have bad form in the advanced pose. She made all levels feel welcome, which was actually one of my biggest concerns (feeling out of place)!

yoga tree studio

Inside the studio

It was a great workout! I thought that I was not going to be able to do anything because of my 20 mile run, but it actually helped me recover. I was able to stretch out those muscles and workout new muscles! Shanna (who does yoga frequently) told me that it was the best yoga class she’s ever been to and that the next day she was sore (so was I)! I know it was a good workout if this girl can get sore doing yoga:

Again, she's in the middle (doin the splits)

She’s in the middle (doin the splits)

Here’s your chance to win a $25 Athleta Gift Card and buy your own yoga gear (or something else)!

This giveaway will close on 10/22/14 at midnight (PST). The winner will be announced 10/23.

Click on the following link to enter!

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NOTE: Those who enter may be contacted by fitmob via email. The winner’s email and contact information will be sent to fitmob and they will send you your giveaway prize. This post is sponsored by fitmob. All opinions are my own.

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My last long run until my first marathon!

Happy Monday everyone (and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends :) )!

This past weekend was incredibly chaotic and fun!

Kyle and I had our housewarming party on Saturday. I hope to post a recap of that some time this week, but I have to get photos from someone first!

Sunday was an equally hectic day, but in a more physically demanding way. I had my longest run to date (and my longest run until my first marathon!!)- a 20 mile run!

So thankful that my super sweet friend, Michelle, ran ~18 miles with me. She really is the nicest person ever. She kept encouraging me the whole time and made me do some rolling hills- which really sounds like punishment but it was for the best since my marathon will be mostly hilly. I’m sure I would have told you something different (and perhaps given you a certain hand gesture) as we tackled those hills around mile 15…

P.S. All the awesome running photos are courtesy of Michelle! Thanks Michelle!

But let’s go back a bit. We met up at Quarry Lakes at 6:45 AM.

quarry lakes run with michelle

We spent the first few warm-up miles on the trails. What’s nice about this location is that you can choose paved or unpaved routes.

quarry lakes run with michelle

At a time when I didn’t want to chop off my legs

We did a lot of (different) out-and-back loops. We wanted to make sure I got those dreaded hills in, plus we didn’t want to get too far away from the water fountains and restrooms. Not going to lie- nothing about this run was easy. My legs felt like lead the whole time. I think it was a combination of taking 2 weeks off (yes. 2 WEEKS!) from running due to illness+school+party planning, AND the fact that I had spent all of Saturday (from 8:30AM to 10PM) on my feet. Whoops. Note to self: don’t do this the day before your marathon.

quarry lakes run with michelle

One of the paved paths

Back on those rolling hills again. They weren’t super steep by any means, but I promise it was steeper than it looks in this photo.

quarry lakes run with michelle

Here we are at around mile 18. Michelle had to take off so I ran the last 2-ish solo. Good practice for race day!

quarry lakes run with michelle

Those last 2 miles were unbelievably hard. Actually I ran closer to 20.4 miles because I forgot to unpause my Garmin after a water stop, but I still wanted to end on an even 20 (and I promised Michelle that I would ;) ).

All of it was hard. Probably one of the hardest (physically speaking) things I’ve ever done. You long distance runners are beasts. I’m fairly certain I was going so slow that you could have walked past me. Unfortunately this was discouraging and all I can think about now is, what pace do I run at for my marathon??

I’m not making an time goals for this race, but I’m a numbers person. I need to know what pace to run at or I will go crazy. Should I go with my 15 miler pace where I was running hard? Or should I go with my 18 miler that I ran at an easier pace? Or am I just going to suck on race day and run at a super duper slow pace?

Clearly I’ve got some confidence building to work on during these taper weeks.

After my run and a LOT of eating, I headed out to my very first yoga class with my BFF, Shanna. We took a Vinyasa Flow class and I will be sharing more about my experience + a giveaway soon :)

yoga shanna me

What is the hardest thing, physically, you’ve ever done? I’m expecting some “giving birth” answers, which will make me feel like a weakling ;)

How do you determine your race pace?

Experienced marathoners- what pace should I go with?

What’s your favorite type of yoga?

Just. Get. Through. This. Week.

Happy Wednesday!

So glad this work week is half over. I’m stretched so thin this week between assignments/quizzes for grad school, catching up on work after being sick last week, getting ready for our housewarming party this weekend, and trying to train for my first marathon!

long run garmin

I’m actually very nervous because I’ve missed over a week of running! When I was sick, I had this horrible cough and when I took deep breaths, I would get coughing attacks. I figured running would be a poor choice. And this week, I’ve been working non-stop and still getting to bed by 12:30 AM. With a (late) start of a 6:30 AM alarm clock, this leaves little time for running. Just. Get. Through. The Week.

My experienced runner friends- should I be worried about missing this many runs???

Things have been going pretty well with my puppy dog visitor. She seems to not hate my guts for moving out of my parents house and leaving her behind.

Kyle texted this to me when I was in class (behind that closed door).

{Instagram} Kyle texted this to me when I was in class (behind that closed door). It made me happy and sad.

She leaves today. Which is probably a good thing after this incident.

scratched door sienna

That’s one of our pocket doors for our kitchen. I did not make those scratch marks.

I’ve also been keeping busy with trying new recipes for our Oktoberfest/Halloween-themed housewarming party.

soft pretzels

{Instagram} Soft Pretzels!

And last night, Kyle and I met up with his family for his dad’s birthday! We went to Revel, which is the second time Kyle and I have gone. It did not disappoint!

We ordered the Happy Boy Farms Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, General Santos Ahi Tartare, and Pickled Vegetables to share as appetizers. So delicious!

randy birthday dinner revel

Everyone loved their entrées. I ordered the Fresh Spaghettini with Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Delta Corn & Arugula Walnut Pesto. I typically don’t order pasta out (unless it is a signature dish or an Italian Restaurant). But this was speaking to me and it was amazing! But of course I forgot to take a pic.

Oh well, we got this better one instead!

randy birthday dinner revel

And the night ended with me staying up till 12:30 AM studying again, followed by accidentally crawling into bed with my purse on. Don’t ask.

Experienced runner friends- give me advice on missing runs during marathon training ;)

What is the worst thing a pet has ruined in your house? Hmm I’m fairly certain my dog growing up ripped up the linoleum that used to be in our kitchen. That’s got to be a big one.

Ever made soft pretzels from scratch?!