Having that “Aha Moment” in Your Training

Goofy photo, I know, but can't you hear him saying, "Aha!"?

Well, maybe using the phrase “aha moment” isn’t the best way to describe this post, but then again, it does describe things as a moment of clarity, or (for me) a glimpse of success.

I had two of those in my training so far this week. Monday was a gorgeous day, so I chose to run outside after work, rather than inside on the treadmill before work. Great decision! I wanted to get in four miles, so I ran a loop around where I work and where I used to live that I thought was approximately four miles. Well, about 45 minutes later I returned to my truck and saw I had run five miles. That’s right…I didn’t realize I was surpassing the four mile mark until I was coming around the circle and checked to see if I needed to push a little more before I hit four miles. When I saw I had, in fact, passed that number, I just kept running until I was back to the starting line. And I felt great!

It was that “aha moment” that I realized I was indeed improving my cardiovascular fitness and my stamina for running farther than just three miles at a time. It was a big moment for me and I was proud of myself for that run and wanted to savor every moment.

My splits for that run:
Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 9:17
Mile 3: 9:13
Mile 4: 9:35
Mile 5: 8:59

Seriously!? No where close to the 10 minute mile mark I used to struggle to hold on to three years ago! Go me!!

Another fitness “aha moment” came Tuesday morning as I was practicing my “Yoga for the Warrior” with Bob Harper. There’s one very advanced move that he has his girls do called the “Bird of Paradise” in which you’ve wrapped your arms behind a leg like a pretzel, then stand on your hind leg and straighten the wrapped leg towards the sky.  When I first started this DVD, I struggled just to stand on the hind leg bent over. But Tuesday I decided to push myself because, after all, you can’t improve if you don’t step outside of your comfort zone, right?

My struggle was rewarded, as I was able to stand straight up and at least get my lower leg to a 90-degree position. No, it wasn’t perfectly straight up and down like the models in the video, but it was a step towards that and towards my strength for yoga.

I have to say, after Tuesday I’m really starting to enjoy yoga! I’m looking for more DVDs that I can purchase, but I don’t want to purchase any that might not work for long. Does anyone have any suggestions for yoga for runners and for stretching and toning?

I can’t wait to see what my next moment of accomplishment in my training will be…hopefully after I complete my 8 mile long run this weekend! We’re now two months away from the half marathon!

One thought on “Having that “Aha Moment” in Your Training

  1. Hi Megan,
    Yoga is a fabulous work out for runners, you could try to check out some youtube videos, a lot of teachers now post some 20min yoga routines there. But basically anything that focuses on the hamstrings will work wonders! Enjoy 🙂

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