I took the leap. {prAna 30 Day Challenge Recap in photos}

There was a bit of confusion over the actual length of the prAna Take the Leap 30 Day Challenge which was advertised to run from February 2 until March 8. If you know anything about calendars that does not equal 30 days. You don’t need to be a math genius to figure it out. I even figured it out.

Day 30 was yesterday and the Challenge has come to an end. I’m a little sad it didn’t run all the way to my birthday like they originally said it would, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean I have to stop doing yoga! I plan on continuing on with #yogaeveryday for as long as my body will let me.

Anyway here’s a little of what I’ve been up to for the past month:

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My heart explodes with pride when I look at this photo. It’s everywhere…my phone, my work computer, on my desk. I could stare at it for hours. She’s so precious that I can barely process it. I can’t believe I’m going to have a 3 year old TOMORROW!!! I have quite a few awesome gifts all ready for her.

If anyone was interested in a little extra yoga-vation, here are some links to the Kick Asana Yoga Instructor Interview Series that I ran weekly while the Challenge was in full swing. So much inspiration from these ladies!

And speaking of awesome gifts  I HAVE A WINNER to announce! This lucky someone is going to be my Lily Trotters compression sock twin:

CONGRATULATIONS, ALANNA MARKLEY!!!!

I will be contacting you shortly to gather your details so I can send out your prize. I hope you love them!

Thank you to everyone who entered and to the ever-awesome Susan at Lily Trotters for providing me with such a fantastic socks. I have been doing a lot of laundry lately because I don’t like running without them!

I hope everyone has a peaceful and happy Wednesday!

xo,

Salt

So much class. {ClassPass Recap}

On last Thursday came the conclusion of my free month of ClassPass and I’m sure people thousands of miles away could hear the sound of my heart breaking into a million pieces.

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Dramatic no doubt, but I love me some ClassPass.

During that month I was determined to get as much usage out of my ClassPass as possible. This can be quite the tall order when you’re at the office 50 hours a week and have a three year old at home. But I worked it out. Let’s recap…

From January 26  until February 26 I attended  13 CLASSES. Woah. Mind you I was also on vacation for several days.

I never had trouble finding classes that fit in with my busy schedule, such as the ones at Barre that happened at 6am before heading off to work. If I had attended all of these classes on a drop-in rate the grand total would probably have been somewhere around $250. Yikes. Since I started I’ve noticed that more places seem to have signed on which I’m really excited about. More opportunities to try new things!

So yeah. I’d say that $99 is a pretty fair price to pay for unlimited access to an ever-growing list of studios which is why Mr. Salt decided he was going to surprise me with a renewed my ClassPass for my upcoming birthday! I already told the world what a sweetheart he is in my post last Friday, but I think this just further seals the deal. ClassPass makes a great gift.

Maybe one day I’ll actually be able to use my new month of it. My first attempt at booking a class this week was iced out. With more ice today. If it holds off  I’ll be heading over to BeachFit Baltimore for some kind of workout involving a surfboard which has to be easier than a pole, right? If it doesn’t I guess I’ll be getting myself some ice skates.

Have you tried ClassPass? If so what is the favorite class you attended?

Today also marks the final day of the prAna #TaketheLeap Challenge and I want to thank everyone for their support and participation over the last 30 days! I’m still going to continue with yoga every day (I just promise to not clog up all your Instagrams with it).

Obviously the best way to end any practice is in savasana.photo

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday! My Lily Trotters giveaway ends TONIGHT so if you haven’t entered already and you want to, you can do so here.

xo,

Salt

NJ Marathon Training Week 10 Recap

I’m shopping around for a hotel right now as we speak and wondering if it might be cheaper for me to just sleep under the boardwalk. 55 more days!!

Week 10 Grade: A

I’m so happy with how this week went because I wasn’t expecting anything great at all. The temperatures tanked again and pretty much every morning featured single digits, including Saturday for my long run. I anticipated a lot of time on the treadmill. I was right about that part.

Monday, February 23: 6am Body Pump for the first time in weeks. I made sure to lighten up my squat weight a little bit (still taking care of that hammy), but this was a good class. In the evening I went to yoga at Ojas Wellness Center. It was a new-to-me studio for this sort of thing, but not surprisingly the class was great. I rarely meet a yoga class I don’t love.

Tuesday, February 24: 4 miles on the mill. This would kick off a week of really super-feeling runs; it was nice to push my speed a little bit because I haven’t been doing as much of that lately.

Wednesday, February 25: 8 miles…all smiles. I wore my new compression socks for the first time and my legs felt amazing after this run. (That giveaway is still going on btw! It ends tomorrow night!)

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I’m thinking the Boost 2 might be my marathon shoe (I’m also loving my Speedform Gemini, but they seem to treat my feet better for short distances). I went back to Ojas for yoga in the evening and the teacher was so great. She gave me the nicest compliments on my practice after class was over and made me feel so good about myself.

Thursday, February 26: 4 miles that I intended to be slow but I was feeling peppy so I sped it up a little at the end. I don’t know what was so different between last week and this week on the treadmill, but I sure needed a little confidence boost.

Friday February 27: Rest day and my wedding anniversary! By this time I was so stressed out about my long run that it was hard to relax.  As I saw it, I had a couple choices:

  1. Run the whole thing GD outside in negative degree windchills, starting before 5am to get it all in. Or….
  2. Go to the gym right when it opened (6 am) and get as much of the run knocked out as I could before having to rush home so Mr. Salt could get to work. Then figure out a time later on in the day when I could go back and finish up.

At any other time moving the run to Sunday would have been a good option too, but with all the anniversary celebrating in the plans for Saturday night I didn’t want to have to think about running long the next day. I had never split a long run before and I really didn’t want to do it, but then I started reading around online and found some good arguments in favor of doing this occasionally and the benefits involved. Friday night I went to bed comfortable in my decision.

Saturday, February 28: 17 miles. As planned, I arrived to the gym at 6am and promptly lost track of my headphones, took 10 minutes to find them, and then finally got my butt on the treadmill by quarter after. I wanted to try to get 12 in before having to head back to the house and I already didn’t have as much breathing room as I would have liked.

Luckily the 12 mile portion of my long run went better than I thought it would. I knocked it out in 1:39:00 on the dot  (8:15 pace) and was home in plenty of time for Mr. Salt to be on his way to work.

My gym has a pretty cool child care center and a couple hours later I headed back to the gym with Betty so I could kick out the last 5 miles. They were showing Tangled so she was a happy camper. This time I was sure I was going to have to take it easy. My legs would obviously be ragged out from earlier, right? This ended up not being the case. I finished up my 5 miles in 39:44 (7:56 pace). Runner’s high hit me like a truck. I hadn’t felt this good since running in Florida.

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Sunday, March 1: Wheeeeeeeeeeee it’s MARCH! Springtime is almost here! Mother Nature decided to celebrate by dumping a whole bunch of ice on us.

I hate her.

I managed to get to the gym to jump on the Arc trainer and bike for an hour before driving 2MPH home and hiding in the house for the rest of the day. Good thing Hal suggests rest days on Monday because whether I want to or not, I’m taking one. (Everything is closed. UGH.)

Week 10 Mileage: 33

It is my hope that I will actually be able to abandon the treadmill this week. Morning temperatures are looking like they will be in the 20’s and I’m getting pretty anxious about making the transition back out there. And as much as splitting up the 17 miler worked out, I really don’t want to do it with the 18. I can’t believe I am under two months out from this race.

Have you ever split up a long run?  

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

xo,

Salt