Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday run!

A really really nice one, with more running than I have had for a quite a while - 90 minutes with 20 as 1:1 warmup then 5:1. Loved every minute!

It was my intention to go to 3pm yoga, but as I walked over, I encountered a GINORMOUS march coming down Blvd Saint-Michel (not I think gilets jaunes?). Surge of panic + already with doubts about whether yoga was a great idea (underfueled, slightly tender foot with bunion, need to go out again later and possibly negotiate actual gilets jaune presence this time since my best route is to Chatelet on metro and then on foot the remaining blocks to the Marais). Beat hasty retreat home! Feel calmer now that I have eaten something....

Friday, March 29, 2019


did my 15 mins PT+ earlier, non-run day, then 5pm yoga, full Bikram with Coco. It was really good - the room wasn't all the way hot at the beginning, it then did heat up to about where it is supposed to be (maybe a little cooler, I am positioning myself on the side the heat doesn't come from), but I felt like I was able to do everything without tipping over into the Red Zone!....

Thursday, March 28, 2019


It was really good, though it must have been more humid than usual. It is a long time to be in a hot humid room! But it means I will have heat acclimation when I get to Brent's in April and want to be running outside....


Wednesday, funny one with 80 mins starting and closing with 20 as 1:1 but in the middle 6-3-5-3-4-3-3-3-2-3-1-3, alternating faster and easy. Did good PT yesterday but no yoga (had early evening coffee with a friend of a friend in another neighborhood and have decided in wake of locked-out disaster of Tuesday that it is best when my day holds only three things - I think if Tuesday had just been run, haircut, office it would have been OK, it was also gathering the stuff to bring for yoga that did me in; yesterday was run, office, coffee ditto, and I also dimly recall my past self a few weeks ago, on a day when I DID do Wednesday evening yoga, noting that it is really not a good idea to do 90 minutes of strenuous yoga on the same day I do my hardest run effort).

Today, forgot PT, but the three things are run, office (both done now - quota has been produced, I am doing a 14-day online boot camp thing as a prod) and 7pm hot yin yang yoga.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Lovely morning run (1hr as 1:1), day then went haywire as I locked myself out of the apartment. Managed to do the 2 most important things I was supposed to (haircut in the Marais, writing session at the office); no yoga, since I was waiting at the office to hear back from my landlord about when I could meet up with his wife who would bring the key (he was out of town). SO relieved to be home again - there is a 9pm yoga but I am not going to push my luck, imagine if I locked myself out again - but also really I just need to eat dinner!

Monday, March 25, 2019


Non-run day, did my 15 mins PT essentials before leaving for the office. Warm yin yoga was good! (But working too intently at the computer has lit up that trouble spot behind R shoulderblade and some additional midback tension - I could feel it throughout class, though at the end I did a little extra stretching and it seems more normal now.)

Sunday, March 24, 2019


OK, that was good: 75 mins run with 20 warmup as 1:1 and the rest as 5:1; 90 mins hot yin-yang yoga.

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Friday is non-run day, did my 15 min PT+, spent the afternoon at the office (and I DID send out the thing I was keen to finish), met up with T. at HER yoga in the Marais! Very nice, very hot. I am more likely to be self-critical than self-praising, but I think I should feel somewhat proud that I can do a hard HOT 75 min yoga class in French without it being anything out of the ordinary. It speaks to a lot of work all those years ago as a teenager learning French and to about 12 years of off-and-on but overall fairly consistent yoga....

Saturday: gardens closed again (big march going down Blvd Saint-Michel by the time I was coming home), did tomorrow's today (i.e. just 1hr as 1:1), actually kinda nice to "save" the good one for tomorrow....

Will go to 7pm Bikran en 60. (ED: No, mismanaged meal timing, have just had a snack and will flop on the couch instead!)

Thursday, March 21, 2019


I think that hot yin-yang is my favorite class, couldn't go to it either day last week so was very happy to be back it. Tomorrow T. invited me to come with her to HER yoga!....


Wednesday: 75 with work set as 6 x (3min faster, 1min walking recovery, 2min easy jog)
Thursday: 1hr as 1:1

Should be able to go to 7pm hot yin yang, unless I get derailed by movie screening that has promised popcorn and beer - I think I can resist, but we will see....

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Good day all round: 1hr as 1:1 in the morning, just perfect; 5pm hot hatha 90, also very good (pretty hot, but I think I am acclimated now, and also the room wasn't that full). Just got off the phone with the editor who is going to publish Margaret Kilik's unpublished novel, something I've been working towards for more than a year now - I am so excited that this is actually going to happen!

Monday, March 18, 2019


Non-run day, did essential 15 min of PT+ first thing, then 2 x 15 min walk to acquire essential provisions at M&S Food. Just now, 2 x 15 min walk for "warm yin 60 aux bougies" - last week's teacher is gone to study singing in Bali, this week's was still good but not perhaps quite as much what I wanted (though on the bright side, it was genuinely just warm rather than HOT HOT HOT!).

Sunday, March 17, 2019


1hr as 1:1, very nice, though pelted with hail from the sky at one point....

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday evening yoga

The slightly comically named "Bikram Yoga (Hot 26) en 60 Minutes" - it is good. Feeling slightly low, no particular reason - dinner should help....


Undesirably busy week both with work stuff and with BOOK stuff - second half of the week kind of got on top of me. About to go out now and do some decent food shopping ... and will definitely go to 7pm 1hr hot yoga.

Thursday: 1hr as 1:1 (logistics ended up making yoga impossible)
Friday: non-run day, 15 mins PT/ball release/stretch, by end of a long day of book work was too underfueled and done in to make it to 7pm yoga, was annoyed with myself at home afterwards as I clearly had just let myself overwork into deep fatigue! (Wednesday and Thursday were really busy with external commitments involving human contact...)
Saturday: Did my 15 mins PT first as back of R leg is still rather stiff/tight from too much computer time, then 80 mins with 20 warmup as 1:1 and then 60 as 5:1.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


80 mins, 20 as 1:1 warmup and cooldown, work set of 40 x 8 x 5 as 2min faster, 1min walking recovery, 2min easy jog.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


I am really increasingly sure that run + yoga is the best exercise combo for me these days. Had nice easy morning 1hr as 1:1, then 5pm hot hatha 90. Not too many people in the room = rather less overwhelmingly hot than it often is....

Monday, March 11, 2019


Non-run day, did the essential 15 mins before I went to the office, then 9pm warm yin yoga with candles (and yes, it WAS very relaxing!).

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Good exercise weekend though I didn't get much work done. Today: really nice (windy) run, 80 minutes with 30 to warm up as 1:1 (middle age!) and then 5:1 for the rest of the time, I thoroughly enjoyed it. And yoga at 3 - it was a substitute teacher, quite good class but quite different, I had to pay much harder attention to understand her than when it is my familiar class!...

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Just did 1hr as 1:1 for the run, Luxembourg Gardens closed again, will prefer to save my longer one for tomorrow when it should be open! (Yellow Jackets/gilets jaunes issues - many police vans waiting for action.) 1hr Bikram (really it's more like 70 minutes) was extremely good - the room was relatively empty and for once I was at the RIGHT level of heat rather than tipping towards overheating...

Friday, March 8, 2019


Very nice 1hr as 1:1, I was glad I hadn't "used it up" yesterday. No yoga for the very good reason that I was finishing my essay, and now it is SENT!

Thursday, March 7, 2019


Non-run day, did 15 mins essential PT/ball release/stretch not long after I got up and then 7pm hot yin-yang yoga.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tuesday, Wednesday

Tuesday: 1hr as 1:1, 90 minutes hot hatha yoga
Wednesday: great run in the morning, 75 minutes with 30 1:1 warmup, then v nice work set of 6 x (3min faster, 1min walking recovery, 2min easy), finish with a bit more 1:1. 90 minutes hot hatha in the evening, it was WAY too hot (it's the humidity), I had to lie down quite a few times and the towel on the mat was DISGUSTINGLY squelchy by the end....

Have made psychological error by writing in the yoga class I would notionally go to every day in this week's appointment pages - once it's written down, I feel like it's set in stone - really I probably didn't need to go to yoga this evening, I hadn't hydrated sufficiently over the day....

Monday, March 4, 2019


A good day. Non-run day, did a good 15 mins of stretch/BR not too long after I got up just in case yoga didn't happen (but really everything felt good in the morning, much less stiff than yesterday). 2 x 15 min walk to buy groceries. 2 x 15 min walk to and from 1.5hr back therapy yoga. Which is a really good class - the teacher is a true teacher, a pleasure to watch and listen!

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Very good day - 1hr as 1:1, really nice; finally started properly writing my overdue essay; 3pm hot yin-yang (it was canceled on Thursday, it really is my favorite of all the classes), AND I think I've finally figured out where the coolest spots in the room are! Off shortly to meet up with H. at his millinery booth!

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Good day of exercise. 78 mins with 18 warmup as 1:1 and 60 as 5:1. Have to keep it very easy or tension builds up in R lower back/glute with longer intervals, but that's OK. Did 15 mins PT/ball release/stretch after. Made it to 7pm yoga tho possibly at the cost of writing vim - I couldn't go to sleep till really late, slept late, only ate lunch at 2, had 4pm phone appointment and there you go, the day is gone!

Friday, March 1, 2019


Non-run day (I did today's yesterday), did make it to 1pm hot class. Still very hot (or very hot again)! I like this teacher, she's funny and fast. Missing Brent somewhat but it will be good to be back on normal work and exercise schedule, really I like exercising twice a day better than just once....