Only three weeks left until my marathon!! I have been so pleased at how well my training has been going. I have been feeling great, strong and overall very happy with the progress I’ve made. In fact, I have shaved about 30 seconds off my average mile time. I am so excited to see how well I can run the NYC marathon course, my goal is to run it in 4 hours or to get as close to 4 as I can. Continue reading I Love Hills
I have chronic asthma and need daily medication to keep my asthma controlled. Each morning I take a steroid inhaler as well as an albuterol inhaler before I run. On bad days, I may need to use a nebulizer. However, I do not let asthma stand in my way or prevent me from completing any physical activity, particularly running. When faced with a challenge or limit, I do not retreat but rather use it as fuel to drive me forward, overcoming any obstacle in my way. Similarly, asthma will not get the best of me!
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself” Continue reading Running with Asthma
People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three. For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways. My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?
This week, during some of the quiet times on the ship, I have been thinking a lot about what is means to be strong and live a courageous life. Which has lead me to consider what it means to move beyond what we think we are expected to do and begin to think about what it is we want to do. This may mean taking the road less traveled. Continue reading There’s a Warrior Inside Each of Us!
This week I am preparing and packing for vacation. My husband and I are going to be taking a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We will be visiting Italy, Turkey, and Greece. In order to prepare for travel, one of the most important things I do is to plan and write down my schedule and workouts ahead of time. It is important for me, that while I am away, I still find time to workout. Working out is an important part of my everyday life and I want to make sure I can continue to maintain some sort of balance and routine even while I travel. Plus, since I have started my training for the NYC marathon I need to run 6 days a week. So it’s even more critical for me to have a workout plan in place. I want to be sure I get my workouts in and still have plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation.
About 5 years ago, when I lived in Brookline, MA a friend of mine was trying to get me to start running with her. At the time, she was training for her first marathon and I remember thinking she was crazy! I had no desire to run, let alone train for a marathon. I often argued with her and told her I couldn’t run, that I wasn’t built that way, and that my body was not physically capable of such a thing. Looking back, I could not have been more wrong. Today, I love running and wish I would have started sooner because everyone can be a runner! Whether your run a 12 minute mile or 7 minute mile you are still a runner!
Stretching is an important component to any fitness routine. I love to actively stretch and encourage all my friends and students to practice yoga on a regular basis. However, if you can’t get to class here are a few static stretches you can do AFTER your run (when your muscles are warm and joints lubricated) to help with recovery. Stretching helps improve performance and prevent aches and pains. Continue reading Stretches for Runners