I’m officially a beginner yogi (completing the beginner’s yoga course)

This year one of my “52 in 52” goals was to complete the Beginner Essentials course on an iPhone app I downloaded. I’ve spoken in the past about my hip issues, tight from sitting down at work for too long and overdoing it on the exercise front. My theory was that yoga would help me combat that.

It was so effective that my hip pain is completely gone.

Yoga studio ios app

The app that I use is “Yoga Studio“, and from it’s own page it comes pretty highly regarded:

⁃ Recommended by: Mac|Life, 148Apps, iMore, Gizmodo, Fox, MSN, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and many more
⁃ Featured by Apple in “New and Noteworthy”, “What’s Hot” and the “Get in Shape” Essential App Collection
⁃ Voted runner-up in “Best App Ever” Awards 2013 & 2012 (Fitness category) read more

Training journal: Week 5

A little bit delayed again, but here nonetheless. This week was a bit all over the shop. The mileage wasn’t very high, and there were two “rest” days for the week (although one was spent doing Renovations so it wasn’t exactly restful).

It’s nice to see my runs hitting near or over the 4km mark for the 30mins now. It’s exciting to see my fitness training improving. I also did some more strength training, and the first pool swim in a while!

Overall though, my body is feeling good, my knee feels strong, and there’s no pain in my hips. Things are tracking along nicely. read more

Training journal: Week 4

I had a great week this week. Two runs, two strength training sessions, one yoga and one long walk. Training week 4 held all the goods.

Running/MAF training:

I hit a new PB in distance with the MAF training, which was exciting to see. It’s fun to see the performance gains as my body gets fitter! It was a nice solid run, and I’m thrilled to see my body is pulling up nicely after my runs. The yoga is definitely helping my hips.

The walk on Sunday was a nice way to get out and catch up, except for the whole “get called into work thing”. Boo. read more

Training journal: week 3

My plan to up the mileage this week didn’t come to fruition unfortunately. It wasn’t that I lost sight of my goal, it’s more that again I didn’t want to push my body too far. I wasn’t feeling 100% during the week unfortunately. You can see the details in my training journal below:

Training journal week 3

Running

I had a massage during the week, and on the Tuesday morning I pulled up pretty bruised. I didn’t let that stop me though, and had an enjoyable run with the MAF training.

There was another good run on Saturday, timing myself for a 5km on the treadmill at the gym. I’m still trying to work out the MAF training indoors. My heart rate was too low for the run, but I’m worried about the speed. If I increase my cadence too much I’ll probably get a stitch; so I might try upping the incline a little so it’s less easy. I’ll report on how that goes next time. read more

Training journal week 2

Last week I cut back on the mileage by about 7km. Mainly I was concerned about my hip, and why I was getting bad stitches when I ran. I’m very wary of overdoing it when I’m just getting back into it. 

Spoiler alert – I’ve decided night running isn’t for me. 

On the running front, I only managed two run sessions and one day of walking. However I did some cross training in the form of two yoga sessions and laps in the pool. All up I had two rest days: one to work out my sleep/running issues, and one because it was so hot I couldn’t move without dying (slight exaggeration).  read more