Saturday, May 27, 2017

:20 easy, Mass Ave edition

An overwhelming week thoroughly got the better of me. Excellent PT session on Wednesday, painful but seems to have seriously improved both back and hamstring, really happy about that. Have done neither PT exercises nor runs over last couple days, it's just been hopeless/overwhelming, but I did get out just now from my Porter Square hotel room for :20 easy, and I think the happy running chemicals will help...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

:30 easy

Weather quite cool in NYC, though rather damp (it rained ALL day yesterday). This week is a bit of a write-off - just trying to get through it rather than add on anything mega-! Allergy shots downtown today, PT downtown tomorrow morning, prep meeting for a podcast interview on Thursday, workshop every day 1-5:30.

:30 easy

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short warm run

Very good evening out last night at the cinema, where the BBC broadcast the Old Vic production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Have read that play many times but never seen a live production, it was great (as the reviews I'd read said, the Player King rather steals the show); forgot how strong the influence of Beckett is in the staging (also always think of Prufrock's "attendant lord"!). Just did :30 easy this morning - would have liked to fit in a yoga too, but it doesn't quite work with the time we need to get to the airport. Brent is traveling with me today, unexpectedly (it turned out to be part of best route to Ottawa, he'll travel the rest of the way tomorrow), so that is extremely nice!

:30 easy

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Yin yoga!

I really enjoyed that - deep stretch, pigeon especially beneficial. Couldn't quite face the hot class!

1hr yoga

Short warm run

Ending at Cafe del Sol to meet up with Brent - the Cafe del Sol on Lawrence Boulevard is the BEST Cafe del Sol....

:30 easy

Friday, May 19, 2017

Yoga!

It sounds like it should be easy - holding various pretty standard poses for a long time and concentrating on stillness and breath - but in fact it is extremely challenging, at times the sweat is pouring off me as though from the spout of a pitcher! I really like this class - para-inspired flow yoga - teacher Keri is training now with Rod Stryker. The meditation component is especially helpful to me - I liked the breathing exercise we ended with today and am just going to note it down here so that I can remember it for times I can't fall asleep!

10 x each, even steady breath

(1) inhale at count of 4, exhale at count of 6
(2) inhale at count of 4, exhale at count of 8
(3) inhale at count of 4, exhale at count of 8 plus 2 hold
(4) inhale at count of 4, exhale at count of 10

1.25hr flow yoga

Short run

Alarm went off 5:15 for tentative plan to do my short run BEFORE 6am yoga, GRUESOMELY TOO EARLY, reset alarm for more reasonable 6:15 and just did my :20 easy on its own. Looking forward to Keri's para-inspired flow class at 10:15, my favorite class of the week! (As Brent pointed out when he got back 6:30am from "first office," it is probably not a bad thing only to do one class per day - he is obviously the voice of reason about exercise in this household.)

:20 easy

p.s. If you never lived in a warm and humid climate, you would find it unbelievable how hot and sweaty even twenty minutes of easy jogging can get you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hot yoga!

GRUESOMELY hot today! Not sure about factors - partly I suppose I was hot for longer earlier - usually I feel OK once I survive the standing sequence, but today even the mat stuff was a challenge to stay focused for.

Back was sore in the beginning - pinching/tight in the standing postures that put pressure on it - but feels fine now. Sciatica on the other hand reared up afterwards so strongly that I could hardly put weight on that leg! Fortunately wiggling it around and walking a bit seems to have returned it to something more like normal, but as Brent comments (he was there, unexpectedly, to pick me up, and given the pain shooting down right leg and how hot I was I was extremely grateful not to have to walk home in heat!), good thing I didn't do 2:1 earlier!

1hr overly hot yoga

Happy run-walk

The exact words in my training schedule: "1 hour easy (this can be walk:run in 1:1 ratio even)." Have only been doing 20-30 minutes so this was exciting, and I was musing on it to Brent the other day - the words "But I think I'll do 2:1 instead" may have emerged from my mouth, and he gave me a VERY skeptical look! And I had to admit - yes, it is the classic injured runner's logic...

Anyway I stuck to 1:1, with a view to seeing (a) how it felt while I was doing it and (b) how it will feel later in the day. Observations:

- hip is almost totally better, I'll continue to be careful but I'm not much worried about it any more
- back really benefits from walk breaks
- good dose of walking lets me really concentrate on form
- essential form issue: pelvic tilt! Keeping the sacrum "tucked under the pelvis" (as the yoga people say) really lets abs do their job supporting lower back, and prevents tension from building up there; also helps hip move freely in the socket (hip moving with socket rather than independently was part of my initial PT diagnosis - it's a consequence of tight lower back)
- the right glute-hamstring attachment is twingey right from the start (I believe it's where the sciatic nerve comes through the ischial tuberosity - PT is pretty sure impingement comes from there rather than from a disk, which I suppose is a good thing)
- but the rest of the hamstring was fine throughout, I didn't have that all-over tingling/numbness that is so unpleasant

Anyway, will be happy if I can build back up to longer runs, but no urgency to it...

1hr run-walk (1:1)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Short morning run/hot yoga

Must have forgotten to log this morning - just :20 easy. Hot yoga continues to feel very hot!

:20 run
1hr hot yoga

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hot yoga!

Hmmm, seems like the body really does adapt - that was quite tolerable, compared to the gruesome heat of yesterday and the day before. I made a couple other minor modifications that may help: not getting there early to do PT stretches (will have to do a session of those later in the day); wearing unflattering short shorts that let more heat exit through skin of legs. I was actually certain that it must be much less hot in the room today, but I asked the teacher afterwards what the top temperature was, and she said 107F...

1hr hot yoga!

Warm short run!

That was good. Last night I thought the better of my double yoga plan - I didn't need to get up super-early, and I just need to try and fix my back etc., not get SPA-D out to the utmost degree! Will try a longer run tomorrow morning, that's nice. And 10:30 hot yoga which I hope will be not QUITE as hot as yesterday!

:30 easy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hot yoga!

Hahaha, that really was gruesomely too hot - it was the 1hr class rather than the 1.25hr one I did by accident yesterday, the standing sequence goes by more quickly and I was certainly upright for a higher proportion of it, but the heat just wouldn't stop. (Actually I think it's the humidity - ideal Bikram-style room is supposed to be 105F and 40% humidity, I am sure this really was at least 105 but the humidity outside is 75% and there's no real way of bringing it down - other than BY LEAVING THE HEAT ON FOR LONGER THAN USUAL.) Not sure I am cut out for this, but it is so good for everything, and also I know from regular past experience that if I go 3-4 days in a row, the 5th day will suddenly seem relatively manageable...

1hr very hot yoga

Short warm run

Just :25 or so. Worked hard NOT to sleep on the bursitical hip, and it did seem to help. Hamstring/back not right but not horrible either. Eyes on mega-yoga for the week!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

HOT yoga!

Got up to run, but hip was achy yesterday and this morning (not sure if it's from running, yoga or just SLEEPING ON THE WRONG SIDE - I blame the last), so I decided it would be smarter to skip it. 8am hot yoga - I thought it was the 60-minute version, which is less overwhelming when you have no heat tolerance, but unfortunately it was the 75-minute - had to lie down for a bunch of the standing series, was just feeling queasy with heat, but the mat series is always better (not as hot and HR doesn't go as high). I do think it is beneficial for the problem area - will try and do one hot class every day for the rest of the time I'm here...

75 minutes hot yoga