Monday, January 24, 2011

Not so much on the 30 day yoga challenge...

Hi Bloggies!

Well, my 30 day yoga challenge didn't go as well as hoped. I am still eating clean and vegan and doing yoga lots, but not everyday. I decided to take a few days off to get over my cold, and then have been busy with...running! I have now run 4 times (only for a bit over 2 miles) and it seems to be going ok. Aaron also ran in the Carlsbad half Marathon this weekend, so running is on the brain! I am going to have to come up with a new work out schedule, because I am going to train for this!

Oh yes, that would be a triathlon. Eek! I also will do a 5k and 10k race before that. I need to figure out which ones I am going to participate it, but given that the triathlon is in November, I feel like I have time to get ready. I feel really excited about this. I never have been an endurance athlete, but now is the time. There were so many people running the marathon this weekend that were not in as good of shape as me, and if they can do it, why can't I? I just need to plan and put my head to it. 

I think for now, I am going to do 2 sculpt yoga classes (with weights) a week, 3 regular yoga classes a week, 3 runs a week, and one long bike ride a week. I am going to have to figure out what this looks like and obviously will be doubling up my running and yoga class days. I am going to do the bike ride and a rest day on the weekend (likely). I will add in swimming when it starts to get a bit warmer. There is an Olympic sized pool right by my house, so I will start swimming this summer. 

Obviously I will update the blog as I progress through this process. 

In the meantime, Aaron and I had so much fun this weekend! I made him lots of pasta, we went out to eat, and he ran, ran, and ran his little heart out during the half marathon. It was SO cool to see him cross the finish line, but certainly nerve wracking while I was waiting for him. For those of you that don't know, Aaron was a distance runner in high school. He remained active after that, but a few years ago came down with an awful illness that almost took his life. He had MRSA pneumonia and it was truly terrifying and awful. He was in the hospital for 30 days, had surgery, chest tubes, home health care for 6 weeks, it was really an experience I hope not to relive. The predicament left Aaron with a 50% loss of one of his lungs. So, the past couple of years have been hard for him...he would get tired walking up stairs and certainly wasn't up for running.  Well, about 6 months ago, he decided enough was enough and he started training for a half marathon. It was understandably very exciting to see him work up to this race and actually do it!

Aaron had a good friend that was also running, Brian. Here they are before the race...both were nervous. There were literally thousands of people was absolutely crazy. Lot's of energy and people wearing weird stuff. It's amazing all the stuff people use to run. It's so high tech...what just happened to lacing up your shoes and running?

Here they are afterwards! Aaron, I am SO proud of you for crossing that finish line. It sure was exciting to see you accomplish your goal. 
 Aaron and I had such a fun weekend getting amped up for the race Sunday. We went out for breakfast on Saturday and had this little man to accompany us.
 We went for a walk in was so pretty out!
 Aaron is pondering how he talked himself into running 13.1 miles the next day.
 Me pondering....the meaning of life?
 This is classic...obviously we were having fun.
 On Saturday night before the race, we went to one of our favorite restaurants after we checked out the health expo (part of the marathon) and Aaron picked up his running bib and official tag. (Again, there was so much gear and high tech stuff for sale at the expo! One of the things that is appealing to me about running is that it seems so simple, tie on some shoes, step out the door, and run! It's amazing how people complicate things.) Anyway, back to the restaurant.  The whole Vigilucci's family of restaurants are wonderful, managed by my dear friend Erica's husband, Matt. If you are in the San Diego area and have a hankering for some great Italian food, check them out! They also have great fish, steaks, etc. The one we went to in Carlsbad overlooks the ocean and has a nice big bar with a great happy hour...lots of dishes for $5, $6, and $7! Aaron had pasta and I had salad while staring out at the gorgeous sunset. It looked like a painting it was so pretty. 

And then we went to bed super early to prepare for our 4 am wake up call for the race. What a great, fun, inspirational weekend! We had an absolute blast, and although I didn't run in the race, I think I have race fever!


  1. Wow! What an awesome weekend! I didn't know Aaron was a distance runner, but good for him! I am proud of him too :-)
    And you, getting ready for a big challenge, I will definitely be there to see YOU cross the finish line!
    You go, girl!

  2. This is awesome - so happy for Aaron that he did a half marathon and so excited for you and your upcoming triathlon! I'm sure you have plenty of resources but if you need anything, I've done a couple of them of the same distance. It's such a great feeling of accomplishment! You'll do great I'm sure :o)

  3. Thanks, Jess! Good to hear from you, albeit virtually. I just read your updated blog too! Hang in there, I am sure you are kicking butt. :) Any books you recommend for training?

  4. You guys are so cute! It looks so sunny and gorgeous there. I can't complain too much as it's been in the 70's here but it's raining today. And don't push yourself too hard with the yoga! Be gentle on yourself. I did that for a while and it started feeling more like work than enjoyment.