February 4, 2010

Cape-Atlantic 140.6 challenge - half way point!

 I am officially half way through the CONTACT Cape-Atlantic 140.6 challenge.  For those of you new to my blog, you can read more about the challenge here.  Having bronchitis has really put a damper on my training.  I literally have not been able to to run for almost 3 weeks.  But, I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday where they did a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia.  Luckily, the x-ray came back normal..woohoo!  So, they gave me some meds. to help.  Prednisone, cough syrup with codine, and an inhaler.  So far it  has been helping a little bit, but my wet, mucusy cough (oh..it's so attractive..ha ha!) just won't go away.  The inhaler seemed to help after my trainer ride last night, so I'm going to test it out this evening with a nice, easy run.  I'm really worried about not being able to finish this challenge.  Plus, besides this challenge I'm also supposed to be training for my half marathon in April...ugghh!   Hopefully this will all clear up soon so I can get back to business.

Here are the numbers so far:
Run = 6.5 Miles (so pathetic...I know!)
Bike =  50 Miles
Swim = 2405 yards (also pretty pathetic!)

On another note, I went to an awesome Yoga class today at my gym.  I grabbed a class schedule during my last gym visit and realized they had a class from 11:45-12:45.  Perfect for me b/c I could eat a light lunch with my boys at 11, drop them off at kids club at the gym, enjoy yoga, then get back home in time for their naps at 1!

Now, I haven't been to a Yoga class for a long time.  I've been to classes at my gym before and they just haven't been that great.  I didn't want to waste my time going to another class that I didn't like.  But, I thought I'd try this one out b/c I've been wanting to get back into yoga again.  One good sign right away was that I got there at 11:30 (class starts at 11:45) and the room was almost already full.  Wow!  I panicked a little bit wondering where I wanted to go.  I hate being up front (I get very very self-conscience in group classes), and the back row was taken!  Then, I spotted a space in the middle row next to the wall...woohoo!  There was lovely soothing music playing in the background and the room was dimly lit when we started.  Can I just say that the class was awesome!  I loved the poses we did and some of them were pretty challenging.  I noticed right away that I felt stronger in my core and upper body.  I have really been trying to focus on strengthening my core and I could definitely tell that it has been working!  Hooray!

It was nice to "workout" in a different way.  I'm so used to running, biking, swimming, and lifting, that this was very refreshing and just what I needed.  So,  I am definitely going to try to make this a weekly class.

So, how about all of you?  Do any of you do Yoga or Pilates?  If so, how do you like it?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! :)  


Julie said...

Hi Aimee,
I just read your comment that you left on Anne Marie's blog and I agree with what you had to say! I also love finding new blogs and reading individual stories and journeys...good luck to you:)

Anonymous said...

Hey Aimee, I'm glad you're on the mend with the bronchitis. I had that Christmas 2008 and it REALLY held on. I finally got the right antibiotic treatment and within 3 days I was back from the (almost) dead. Mine may have been a different strain or whatever. I truly sympathize. Get well!! :)

I just got back into yoga again recently, via the Rodney Yee videos and I really like it. A class would be even better. When I finish I'm very *aware* of my body posture and alignment. Great job on your goals.

Jennifer P said...

There is no such thing as pathetic mileage when you're sick. Bronchitis kicks your ass -- glad to hear you've got some good drugs and I"m sure you'll be feeling worlds better soon.
As for yoga -- I just can't get into it but I've heard lots of great things about it from other runners but I just can't sit still for that long.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I am thinking about yoga, i hear wonders of what it can do with helping with tightness in the hips.