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No Pressure Saturday

by Meghann on December 8, 2012

awww… I love relaxing, no-pressure Saturday mornings. It was exactly the type of Saturday morning I needed after a crazy couple of weeks.

One of the perks of being in the off-season (aka not currently training for any upcoming races) is there’s really no pressure for fitting in long runs on the weekend. I love it. No need to set the alarm for 5:00am to fit in 10+ miles before breakfast and no need to rush out of the house to beat the morning heat. Love. Love. Love it.

So when Mary asked me last night if I wanted to join her for the free 9:00am yoga class, I jumped at the chance. Not only did I not have any plans for the morning, but I really, really needed some yoga back in my life. Of course, in typical Meghann fashion, I was wide wide awake at 7:00am and itching to get out of the house and do something. I grabbed my running shoes and drove down to Bayshore, figuring I could squeeze in an easy run to loosen up my super-tight legs before yoga.

Not even a mile into my run I ran in to Mary and her pups Winnie. Turns out Mary had the same plan I did and was out for short run before yoga. I put my headphones away and decided to join Mary and Winnie for the remaining miles. Neither of us had any goals for the run (awww… so refreshing) and just watched the clock to make sure we weren’t late for yoga more than anything else.

The run was great, I really love running along Bayshore in the morning. There are so many friendly faces on the path and the views are absolutely gorgeous in the early morning light. We ended up doing 4 miles and thanks to Mary pushing me (that girl is speedy!) we averaged 8:33 min/mi. <- woot!

Just before mile 4, Mary and I split so she could go home and change and I could grab my yoga gear from my car.

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I say this every time I go, but I really need to take advantage of the free Saturday morning yoga classes at Lululemon a bit more often. My body was tight, really, really tight this morning, and I felt so out of practice the entire class. When I lived in Orlando, I used to go to yoga 2-3 times a week and loved it. At the time, I could really tune into my body and push myself really deep into a pose. I had flexibility and the confidence that I knew what I was doing. I’ve lost all of that.

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You know you’re in trouble in yoga, when you can already feel your body rebelling in child’s pose at the start of class. My whole body was tight and sore from CrossFit this last week and I could feel every deadlift and HSPU in that child’s pose. Luckily we had a great teacher who went slow with a stretching, soothing practice. If it had been a hard and fast class, I’m not sure I could have made it.

I pushed where I could and held back when I needed to. I also found myself taking a few breathers in child’s pose as I gave my body a chance to rest. The instructor was at my side every 2 minutes adjusting a move and I appreciated his help with reminding my body where it should be.   

Overall I was so happy I went. This class was what my body truly needed. Hopefully I’ll be back next week for another round.

After yoga, Mary invited me over for breakfast. She fried up some eggs and bacon and I devoured it all with a hot cup of coffee.

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mmm… I never turn down bacon! Thank you, Mary!!

Derek and I have more than a few errands to catch up on this morning – starting with having his suit tailored for the wedding (eek!!).

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

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1 Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution December 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Isn’t it crazy how you lose all that flexibility you gain in yoga when you don’t do it for a while? That’s why I’ve made it a priority. I really think that flexibility helps keep me from being super sore/getting injured. It’s just SO HARD to fit it in when you also have to fit in running, weight training, fitness classes, etc.

I wish I had a Lululemon near me, but I don’t know how I would resist spending a million dollars if I went there once a week for yoga.
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2 Meghann December 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I’ll admit I was mentally shopping during class, but in order to host the class they move all the merchandise to the side of the store, so it’s cluttered and hard to “shop” after class.

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3 Stephanie @ Steph's Miles December 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Wow, what a wonderful morning! It was a relaxing Saturday over here as well with nothing on the schedule except some Christmas gift wrapping!
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4 TorontoRunner December 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

oh wow! How great is that , a free yoga class?! :O I’d definitely take advantage if I had that nearby.
I’m having a very relaxing Saturday too. Have a good one!
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5 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I just started getting back into yoga and every time I take a break and start again I kick myself for not keeping up with it. So hard to get back into the swing of things but worth it!!

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6 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

When I started Crossfit I really neglected yoga and ended up SO tight and sore all the time. I’m trying to get back into yoga now – don’t ditch it!! It’s even MORE important when you’re stressing your body with heavy lifts!

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7 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats December 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I haven’t done yoga in a longgg time but really miss it. I always felt so good after! And no one can say no to bacon! It’s too good.
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8 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

I want to try power hot yoga. Yesterday was a no plan saturday- day for me too and I got a great workout in!
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9 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Definitely had a lazy Saturday in my neck of the woods, as well! My roommates and I pretty much stayed in our pajamas all day.
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10 [email protected] December 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Im heading back to my Bikram yoga classes this week. My body hurts all over from skipping out the last few weeks. :/
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11 Rachel Wilkerson December 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

I keep saying I need to take advantage of their free classes but I am SO bad about actually doing it!
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