Something New.

This morning I got my first rush of endorphins since the marathon!! An hour of sweaty spin class at 24 Hour Fitness. It felt so good to get the legs going again. I was feeling super sore and achy the past few days and then I went to my massage therapist for a 90 minute massage on Tuesday after work. I tell you, this man’s hands are made of gold or something because I felt like a new woman the next day.
The power of massage therapy. It's a beautiful thing.
Typically, after the marathon I really pay attention to what my body is telling me. It is different every time depending on how hard I push myself in a race. Doing so has helped me to avoid injuries (Thank God, no injuries in all of my years of running thus far.) Galveston took a toll on my body, and I believe sitting in a car for the 4 hour drive home didn’t help much either. So the past few days I made sure to take it real easy on myself and focus on recovery. I always make sure to schedule an appointment for massage therapy…it aids in getting me back to my normal happy running self.
This weekend I will be hitting the pavement with my friends over at Luke’s Locker. I will be back coaching my half marathoners who are doing 6 miles, plus some running drills. I am so excited for them to totally dominate some of their upcoming races, one of which will be the Rock N Roll Dallas half marathon at the end of March. That is one of our benchmark races. This will be my third year running the RnR half. Definitely looking forward to it.
Rock N Roll 2011
So after a race I also like to assess what my goals are for upcoming races. It’s not something I talk about a lot but I definitely do have goals. They tend to change from time to time. As of right now, I feel like I am in a good place with my running. I have yet to feel a sense of burn out, which I know runners tend to get from time to time. I attribute this to the fact that I do a LOT of cross training. I love to dance. I love spin. Kickboxing. Bodypump. Yoga. I just love to MOVE. It helps me to mix it up and never grow tired of one thing.
I am definitely in a place where I would like to try new things. I would LOVE to try a Barre class. I have made it one of my goals to check one out soon. I want to get back into my yoga groove. Yoga makes my body and mind happy, at peace. It makes me feel flexible, it helps me feel challenged. I want to shock my body with change. I want to continue to run happy. I want to try new foods, incorporate more fresh foods into my diet. Now that I am not restricted with a marathon schedule, I am able to try some new things outside of my comfort zone. And that excites me.
Speaking of food, I got a fun blog post/email from my friend over at Foodimentary. Did you know that today is National Bagel and Lox Day? Me neither. Sounds yummy though…
What new things are you wanting to incorporate into your diet and or exercise routine? 

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

3 thoughts on “Something New.

  1. I really want to run an RnR race! Since I have never trained for a long race, I can’t imagine how different workouts must be since you have to focus on training and it might not leave much time for other things like you mentioned…yoga, bodypump etc.

    National bagel and lox day? well well, I may need to get on that! lol

  2. How excellent that you have a massage therapist with magic hands.

    I love mixing it up, too! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of yoga. I’d like to get back in the dance studio – modern, jazz, you name it – more regularly. I’ve spent too much time away!

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