I Stretched and Strengthened… Kanye Tweeted.

I decided to break out my yoga mat and weights to do some relaxing stretching and strengthening. It worked out really well. I incorporated yoga, pilates, and body building weight techniques. Ok, maybe not so much body building because let’s get real– that’s just not me. But I was feeling the burn like the kick-butt coach Jillian Michael’s would. I decided to play Joshua Radin’s latest album The Rock and theTide in the background to keep that nice relaxing feel.

And then I found this album that just might work better next time…

Relaxing the Run.

On Friday I decided I really needed a good stretch and time to relax my mind. So, I pulled out my Yoga mat and decided to work my hips. As soon as I placed both of my feet on the mat and looked straight ahead– my berry started to go off. Amazing. So, I turned it to silent and tried again. 15 minutes later, my land line rang. At least, I managed to stay calm and not be annoyed by the technology around me. I turned everything on silent and went back to the downward dog just to find that my cat had started practicing yoga right on the edge of my mat. Lucky for him, I’m small and could use the rest of the mat to finish my workout while he caught up on his zzz’s.  
After saying “namaste” I thought about doing some weights but I decided against the idea. I started feeling as tired as my little cat Gus. So, I said good day. 
Last week I bought the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now” along with the other million people in the world.  And she really beat my expectations with this album. The idea of writing an album based on the idea of not saying exactly what you want to say in a given moment is something that everyone goes through. The fact that T Swift can do it with such class is applause able. There are times when I really wish I could just say what I am thinking but in the moment you just don’t even know what to say until you reflect a situation, ponder your thoughts and say, “Why did I shut up and sit still?” Everyone does it, I think? And this is where running comes in handy. I decided that you can’t dwell on situations and you just have to take chances and jump. Sometimes you might fall but there are many people who will be right there to catch you.
So, I suited up with my pants, a hoody, a pair of gloves, and grabbed my new generation six ipod nano. Which, I am in love with. The touchscreen, the ability to put on the radio and to make playlists anytime I want on my ipod. And it’s soooo small and clips on to anywhere! It’s ahhhh-maaay-ziiing! Love. Love. Love it!

I started looking for my nike+ sensor but couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I gave up, put on my running shoes, filled up my water bottle and just went out to run. I didn’t even care how far I was going, what my speed was, all I wanted to do was run with my thoguhts. And that’s exactly what I did.

I started out with Taylor Swift’s Mine. I swear Taylor and I would be best friends if we knew eachother because we seem to have the same mindset. For starters, this is why Taylor wrote Mine:
“Lately I’ve had this bad habit of running away from love. Kind of getting to the place where it’s about to commit, and then you just, like, run in the opposite direction. “Mine” is about the idea that I could find someone who would be the exception to that, someone who would be so sturdy and so much of a sure thing that I wouldn’t run from it. Sometimes I look back on a lot of examples that I’ve seen of love, long term, and a lot of times it doesn’t work out. There are goodbyes and people get really hurt, so I tend to be a little ‘run-awayish.’ But I’m never past hoping that at some point that could change.”
Ohhhh Taylor! How she writes the words of my heart. And she somehow has the courage to let the entire world into her heart in one album. So, I ran to the entire Speak Now Deluxe Version album. Tears may have formed in my eyes while I was running or it was the cold wind- who can say? Either way, it was a great run that didn’t feel like work.

My run lasted 15 km’s (I know this from my past runs with my nike+ sensor). And I could have kept running but I thought about how I probably didn’t have enough food in my system to burn anymore energy. So, I stopped. Wise choice.

To my NYC Marathon friends, I hope you had an amazing run today!

The Speak Now Playlist

Sparks Fly
Back to December
Speak Now
Dear John
The Story of Us
Never Grow Up
Better Than Revenge
Last Kiss
Long Live
If This Was A Movie
Cooldown/ Stretching
Back To December (Acoustic)
Haunted (Acoustic Version)
Mine (Pop Mix)

Stats of the Run
Distance: 15 km

Time: 1.5 hours

Yoga Woke Me Up Better Than Coffee?!

Two years ago I was going through one of the most stressful times in my life. I started to feel that going to the gym and cheerleading practices were not enough of a stress reliever anymore. I needed to clear my mind, body, and soul. So, I wanted to take up Yoga.

My schedule was already jam packed with so many commitments that I just didn’t have the time take a class. So, I had to result to a DVD. This way I could workout early in the morning or at odd hours of the night. (Yep, my schedule was that crazy!) While shopping at Lululemon I came across an Eion Finn Power Yoga For Happiness DVD. I instantly picked it up, walked directly to the cash register and bought it. This became one of the best things I have ever found!

This may sound just like the conversation on Grey’s Anatomy last week when Bailey and Ben were talking about how first timers at yoga always come out saying that “they can breathe better and feel free…etc” but- it’s true! You finish the practice with a lighter, looser mind and body. It feels as if a large weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Going through all of the different poses allows you to take the time to just connect with yourself. Everyone has so many problems in their daily life and yoga really is a great to wipe away those thoughts and concentrate on what really matters- your inner happiness.

This is the first time I have ever expereinced this and get ready for it because it is a big one– yoga woke me up better than coffee. Coming from me- this is crazy talk! I am 500% a coffee girl. I love trying different types of coffee beans, experiencing new flavours, and waking up to the smell of coffee. But lately my body doesn’t want to drink this delicious beverage in the morning. This morning especially was a big struggle to drink coffee. So, I did yoga to wake up my senses. The sun was shining, I was yawning as I went through my poses and still feeling the burn out that I have given myself over the last couple of days. By the end of my magically hips routine I was energized, happy, stretched out and I just wanted a cup of tea! Tea and still not a glorious cup of coffee?! Have I kicked my caffeine addiction? Probably not. I will most likely have a cup of java later but for now, I am definitely feeling much better post-yoga.

I’m ready to use my day to it’s full potential!