I want to hug you all. Thank you so much for the great responses yesterday. No one insinuated this, but I wanted to make it clear that I did not write that post for any sort of validation. I just think that pace is such a personal thing and I feel dismayed that anyone should have to deal with any negativity in regards to their own. And also a few people said that they are their own worst critic and to you I say…STOP THAT RIGHT NOW!
You are all amazing, inspirational runners no matter what speed and distance you run. We are all doing our best and having fun with a sport we love.
Hehe I have always loved that saying. What we do is HARD WORK. And we’re getting it done!
Some people wanted to see them so here ya go. A Throwback Thursday to yesterdays Lobsterpalooza 2014.
From far away they are kind of like one of those magic eye pictures that you stare at until your eyes go out of focus and a sailboat appears. I made sure to include a closeup of the lobster detail since they are mixed in with a lot of flowers.
In all my years of doing yoga, I’ve never started a class in savasana until yesterday.
Savasana – or Corpse Pose – is symbolic of death and my instructor wanted us to begin there as a way to remove ourselves from everything that had gone on in our lives before we came to the studio. I think it made such a huge difference. Without getting into any details, work has been exceptionally rough lately and having this class to go to on my lunch breaks has become necessary for my mental well-being. Killing all those bad feelings right at the beginning opened me up to receive so much positive energy that I could carry around for the rest of the day. I could actually tell a noticeable difference in my balance.
At the end of class I let the instructor know this and she gave me the biggest hug. I didn’t know how badly I needed a hug until just then! And no, Scott. I didn’t start crying.
As part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship I am sometimes given the opportunity to review products. The other week I was contacted to test and review a new portable tracking device. That’s about all the info I was given. It was so top secret that they couldn’t tell me any more about it, but would I like to do it?
Ummmm sure? I guess? It sounds techy and I love techy things.
Good thing I said yes.
It’s the Orbit by Runtastic and as of today I’m allowed to talk about it. I’m still familiarizing myself with all the many functions of this little gadget – and there are many! – but I can report so far that it’s like a Fitbit on steroids. This thing does pretty much everything, including syncing with a phone app to act as a running watch and tracking my sleep patterns which I have learned over the past week are abysmal. #shockingnotshocking
I should have a full review of it in a week or so once I get it all figured out. Today I’ll be trying the app sync for the first time and seeing how it matches with my Garmin.
As you can see, on Saturday I was an overachiever.
Fun New Fitness Apps.
I had never heard of Runtastic before the Orbit opportunity. When I went into the store on my phone to download the compatible app, I found that they have a bunch of other free fitness apps too! My favorites of these are mini personal trainers for SQUATS, PUSHUPS, and SIX PACK. These apps also have PRO versions with extra material and I suspect no advertising popping up at regular intervals. Which might be enough to sway me into purchasing it in the future because I hate ads on my apps.
The Squats trainer has you do a certain amount of squats in sets. When you are doing them you hold the phone out in front of you at arms length in both hands and it counts for you; beeping when you have squatted down far enough. Then you can set a reminder for your next training which gets progressively more difficult as the days go on.
I am terrible at remembering to do squats and now I actually look forward to them. It goes by really fast and saves all your data conveniently.
The Pushups trainer is awesome. Similar to the squat trainer, it has you do a certain amount of pushups in sets and then you can set training reminders for yourself. Again, this gets progressively more difficult each day.
Let me just say that I thought I was good at pushups until I started using this app. When you are doing them, you place your phone under your face and have to touch the screen with your nose – or at least get anywhere close to it – to make it beep. Frankly, it’s exhausting.
The Six Pack trainer has a little avatar that does the exercises along with you and you can program it to speak in a variety of British accents. I get the feeling from this one that the paid version is a little more interesting, but I only just started with it two days ago I’m not trying to pass too much judgement yet.
Currently I’m in the beginner training which has you do 3 sets of exercises. As time goes on, you unlock achievements to get to higher levels. I think this is a great app for someone who is just starting to work a little more on their core.
For the price (ummm FREE) I think all three of these are worth downloading if you are looking for a way to mix up your home workouts!
Have you ever tried a Runtastic app? Do you own a fitness tracker? Have you ever started a yoga class in Savasana before?
I kind of want to do it all the time now…out with the bad and in with the good!
Happy Random Thursday, friends!