Yoga Buzz + Weekly Workouts

Can you believe that I’ve never taken a live yoga class before?  I’ve done yoga, but only in the form of Gaiam DVDs (Yoga for Athletes, which is awesome, but long) and free 20-minute yoga sessions from Yoga Download.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of yoga – it challenges me, but I prefer a good sweaty workout, like I get from running, CrossFit, or Insanity.  Plus, I don’t really like to do things by myself, so I was really waiting until something interested me or someone invited me along.

Well, whattaya know, some of the girls from Matt’s school had told them that I should do this Yoga Buzz class with them.  (OK, so he suggested it and I sort of invited myself along, which is really unlike me, if you know me well.)  It’s a live yoga class that takes place at one of the many local breweries, followed by beer sampling.  Um, YES PLEASE!

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  I’m really particular about how my yoga sounds – I want good music and someone with a soothing voice who explains the poses well.  (I feel like I pretty much taught myself the moves since Yoga Download is all audio and not visual.)  The class started with no music and in a seated position, which I’m not used to.  But, soon enough, the music started and the class started to pick up.  My favorites were the Warrior poses and any balancing pose.  I think if I taught yoga, my classes would be all Warrior poses, Chair pose, and Tree pose.  Ha!  The yoga was a much needed change to the workouts I’ve been doing (running, PiYo, and Insanity) and I felt so relaxed and flexible afterwards.

The beer was pretty good as well!  The class was held at Morgan Street Brewery, which is on Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis.  I’ve been there a couple times, mostly for bachelorette parties (my own included), but I’ve also gone for dinner a couple of times.  They started us upstairs and taught us how to taste a beer properly (which wasn’t any different than I already do – I know I’m a beer snob), before sending us downstairs for the rest of the tasting.  The samples were small – about a 2 or 3 ounce pour – so it was perfect for after yoga and a weeknight.  We sampled their Honey Wheat, Black Bear, Virgin Territory IPA, Winter Lager, a black IPA, and – my favorite – their Pumpkin.  I surprisingly liked everything, with the honey wheat being my least favorite and the pumpkin being my obvious favorite, with the Black Bear coming in a close second (notes of chocolate and coffee – yes please).

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It was such a fun night with new people (who gave me all the gossip on my hubby) and I can’t wait to do it again sometime.  They hold events pretty much every month and if I was actually certified to teach yoga, I could totally see myself doing something like this!  Who wants to join me for another one?!

And here are the rest of my workouts from last week:

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Monday:  Insanity Max:30 Tabata Power w/ Matt

Tuesday:  800m run, 400m walk, 1200m run, 400m walk, 800m run on treadmill (2.25 miles @ 9:33/mile) + 12 minute HIIT (1 min sprint/1 min walk – 1.25 miles @ 8:51/mile) + PiYo Strength Intervals

Wednesday:  2 x 1 mile w/ 400m recoveries on treadmill (2.5 miles @ 9:32/mile) + Insanity Max:30 Friday Fight Round 1

Thursday:  2.25 mile run on treadmill (7:43/mile) + Yoga Buzz

Friday:  2.25 mile run on treadmill (8:00/mile) + Insanity Max:30 Sweat (I literally almost puked during this workout and actually didn’t finish it.  I will NEVER run right before doing Insanity ever again…)

Saturday:  2 x 1 mile w/ 400m recoveries on treadmill (2.5 miles @ 8:58/mile)

Sunday:  rest

Total:  13 miles

I will admit that this was the first week I’ve actually felt like a runner again.  It’s been a struggle getting back in to it and I haven’t felt like much of a runner (having to do most of my runs on the treadmill hasn’t helped).  But, as I was doing my run on Saturday, I started thinking about all the goals I have for running this year and what I want to accomplish with the races I currently have planned.  And just like that, I felt like a runner again.  And it felt feels AMAZING!  I’m still working on my goals and training plans, but I can’t wait to share my training cycles with you!  I’m determined to make this year another successful racing year, even if I’m starting a few months late!

This week not only marks non-stop running (no more walking breaks) and upping my mileage base, but it’s also my last week of maternity leave.  BOO.  I’ve done my best at not thinking about going back to work, but man, 10 weeks have gone by quickly.  In some ways I’m ready, in many other ways, I am not at all.  But, instead of dwelling about it on here, I’m going to go enjoy my last week being home with my babies…

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Have a great start to your week!

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McFarland, USA

A few weeks ago, Matt randomly opened an email from one of our local running stores, Big River Running, inviting him to a sneak peak of a new running-inspired Disney movie.  Since he is a cross country and track coach, they were offering him the first grab at the (free) tickets to the sneak peak of the movie.  We don’t go to movies often, but we were intrigued and could use a date night.  After watching the trailer, we were sold and knew we just HAD to see this movie.

Because I can’t nearly give as good of a synopsis as Disney, here is what McFarland, USA is all about:

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

I left the theater with tear streaked cheeks and inspired.  It made me feel that I could do amazing things with my life if I just put my mind to it.  That if I work hard and am determined, I can achieve anything.

I loved this movie as a runner, for obvious reasons.  It’s a movie about running – specifically about cross country, a sport that I love.  I loved watching their training and their give-it-everything-you’ve-got determination.  It made me want to go out a run as hard and fast I can.  And it had me itching to race again.

But, most of all, I loved this movie as a coach.  It really opened my eyes to see the potential in every single athlete.  That even the athlete who is there to round out the team can do great things when they put their mind to it.  It made me want to take a group of mediocre athletes and make them great.  It made me want to really want to be the greatest coach I can possibly be.  And really, it made me want to show every single high school athlete this movie, regardless if they are a runner or not, to show them that hard work and determination can pay off in the long run (no pun intended).

McFarland, USA opens up TODAY.  If you are a runner or a coach, I strongly encourage you to go see this movie and then show it to every athlete in your life.  I am not being paid to say any of this at all – I just really really enjoyed this movie.  Every time Matt and I see the trailer on TV, we get all teary-eyed just thinking about the movie.  We will definitely be adding this one to our very small movie collection, and as coaches, our athletes will be watching it every single season!

And because I couldn’t have a post without any pictures (we had to turn OFF our phones during the movie and there were people from Disney who literally had to stand there the entire movie to watch US and make sure we didn’t take out our phones), here’s a picture of Miles…

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Scheduling Baby

I talked a few weeks ago about our “day in the life” and how I have been putting Miles on a schedule.  I know this is a pretty controversial issue since most physicians and experts say to feed an infant on demand and go by the baby’s cues.  However, from my personal experience, this is what has worked for us.  I also should note that I haven’t read any books on this, so I am really going off of what I have read on the internet and blogs and from prior experience with scheduling MacKenna.  Again, this is what works for me and my kids, but it might not be the right choice for you.

With MacKenna, I really struggled for the first 6 weeks.  My life felt like chaos as I tried to adjust to life as a mom with an infant.  I couldn’t seem to get things figured out and I certainly felt like I didn’t know what I was doing.  I believe it was Madeline who sent me a link about putting baby on a loose schedule based on the baby’s habits and cues.  I did a little more research and decided to try it with MacKenna.  All of a sudden, life felt much more calm.  I was happier, MacKenna was happier, and things fell right into place.

With Miles, I knew that I could not wait until 6 weeks to put him on a schedule.  Two kids is a whole different beast than one, let me tell you.  Plus, I strive off routine and schedules, as does MacKenna (hmmm, wonder if that is from putting her on a schedule so early on), so it was a non-negotiable.  As soon as we were home from the hospital, I immediately started our new routine.

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I first started him on the same schedule I had with MacKenna, but after a few weeks, it just wasn’t working for our family.  I would be feeding him at times when I needed to be doing something else, like cooking dinner.  So, I changed it up and it has been working great so far.

Our loose schedule pretty much goes like this:  eat, play, sleep, diaper change, and repeat, which for those of you who know, this is a Babywise schedule.  But, I will tell you that the only thing that is a guarantee is the eating time.  I try to keep him up after each feeding, which he is getting much better at, but the sleeping thing is still a work in progress.  He tends to be a cat napper, unless someone is holding him.  Ugh.  So, I spend most of that sleeping time either holding him or sticking a pacifier in his mouth every 5 minutes.  So, yeah, we’re still working on that.

Our schedule starts at 7 AM, although most mornings, Miles is up well before that.  I had been topping him off around 5:30 AM when he would wake up to hold him off until 7 AM, but I have figured out that if I wake up with him and hold him (or fall back asleep with him on my chest) he will fall back asleep.  (I should not that when I go back to work, I will be feeding him around 5:30, so this won’t be a big deal in a few weeks.)  So, we start at 7 AM and then I feed him every 3 hours.  10, 1, 4, 7, and then our lasting feeding is around 10 PM.  I hesitate to call this a dreamfeed because he typically wakes up for this feeding but goes back down pretty easily (although there have been nights when I’ve put him down, gotten ready for bed, and I’ll see his big blue eyes looking up at me, grinning).  He doesn’t wake up again until 2:30 usually and then again around 5:30, and our day starts all over again.  He’s gaining weight well (almost 4 pounds in one month), so 3 hours seems to be just about right – he usually starts getting fussy right around that 3 hours mark.

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So, that’s pretty much it.  I wish I could give you more insight of between feedings, but I feel like Miles is not exactly the priority during those times, unfortunately.  I would love to have his nap times all figured out (we’re getting there slowly), but when he doesn’t nap more than 20 minutes, I haven’t nailed them all down.  He does sleep pretty well during MacKenna’s nap time though, so that is extremely helpful!  And he’s sleeping at night in his crib now and is doing awesome as well!  I think I can deal with crappy naps during the day when he’s sleeping well at night (sorry Stacy – hopefully you can get him to nap better).

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Napping on the Boppy lounger.

Like I said, I know this isn’t for everyone, but it is what works for us, and has truly helped with my sanity and Kenna’s behavior.  You can find a lot more info by googling Babywise or looking on Pinterest.  (I have a few pins under my Baby #2 board.)  Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them.  (I should also note that we won’t have as much of a schedule when I go back to work in a few weeks, so this is really only for when I am home full time with him.)

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