This week and last week have been difficult for me. I've been fighting off a chest cold and flu-like symptoms. I've been trying to take it easy but I'm still keeping up as much as my body allows. I just finished a short 25 minute run and I actually feel really good right now. Here's to hoping the feeling stays.
Anyway, a few notes:
- I have continued to run even though in the morning the temperature is consistently below 40 degrees. It's been working out except for the fact that my hands get really cold. It can be painful, too especially when I get back into the warm house. So I did a little research online and invested in a pair os 180s Ultralite CRG running gloves. They cost $25--more than I've ever spent on a pair of gloves (but thankfully, shipping was free). They arrived quickly and I was excited to try them to see if they would work. I was disappointed. Admittedly, my hands stayed warmer than if I had worn my regular winter gloves (fleece gloves lined with Thinsulate) or my thin, acrylic running gloves but my hands were not warm. So, after reading some more reviews and articles, I invested a little more money and bought a pair of silk liners. This improved the situation but it's still not perfect. My hands are still cold when I run but at least, I will happily say, they are not painful--just uncomfortable. I thought maybe I could pick up a pair of thin, inexpensive fleece gloves and try layering the silk gloves underneath the fleece gloves . . . or some variation. I've been wanting to knit wool gloves forever but who am I kidding? Quite honestly though, my hands and feet are usually cold even when I'm not running--more so than the average person, I'd say. So I guess I should expect it to be a challenge for them to stay warm when I'm running (and all the blood is pumping to my lower half).
- Lately, sometimes before and after a run, I've been doing yoga stretches indoors. I found Karen at FlexibleWarriorYoga on YouTube and subscribed. She does an excellent job of putting together simple, quick yoga routines to target all the muscle groups that get worked during running. Generally to warm up before a run, though, I do the warm-up that goes with the Plyometrics X routine that's part of P90X. That warm up is awesome because it really does get me very warm while stretching out all the muscles that I will be using during the run. But for a quick run like today's, Karen's pre-run warm up is what's up:
- I've been feeling kind of disconnected from my body with the whole gluten/intestinal issues stuff. It's so amazing how exercise helps to bring me back to my body. Simple things when doing exercise like how my hamstrings are affected by my spine. Today, I was fascinated by what a difference arching my spine makes for a stretch (as opposed to rounding it). If I round my spine, my hamstring will not fully stretch. Arch it and oh boy. I don't know. Maybe I'm a little dorky in this regard but really and honestly, exercise is my release. I don't really know I could deal with how badly I often feel in my gut if I didn't exercise. It's the only time these days where I feel healthy and in tune and wanting to be in my body.
Anyway, so that's my fitness mish-mash. Hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday--or at least the day off.