It was a packed class, but everyone found a spot. Right from the first pose, I could tell it was going to be a little different. Annie teaches at the Yoga Shop in Connecticut. She used different routines and some poses I had never tried before. She also incorporated music which kept the vibe in the room light and fun. She referred to one guy as "the cool guy" and must have said "wicked" about 500 times. It was definitely a break from the norm. (No one in Staten Island ever says wicked.) After two hours, I was relaxed but laughing and I even learned a new approach to attempt a headstand. I'll get it someday!
Saturday, we were up and out early. We headed to the Poconos for an overnight mini-vaca. We started with an hour or so of snow-tubing at Camelback Mountain. It was a lot of fun and pretty organized and efficient. The weather was warm and the sun was hot. It was a welcomed change from the recent frigid cold weather. I was only sad that I wasn't running.
|Tubing with Mini Me|
We finally checked into the room after 6 p.m. (when the kids agreed to dry off), and then headed to Alaska Pete's for dinner. It is one of our favorite restaurants in that area and it never disappoints. After yummy ribs and some ice cream for the kids, we literally carried three sleeping kids into the hotel room (grateful for floor level rooms). Jessica and I went out in search of a nightcap and managed to find the bar on the verge of closing. Two drinks later, it was best to hit the hay anyway.
|How to keep three kids quiet and calm - Sadly, TV and video games|
I grabbed my Garmin and headed back out. I miscalculated the weather thinking it was already warm and headed out in my t-shirt and capris. I was 1 mile in (at 8.5 now) and down the huge hill before I realized how cold it was out. With 1.5 to go I kicked it up a little until I hit the uphill back to the resort. That was the killer. I figured if I can do this at the end of 10, I can do a flat 13 next weekend. Plus I was freezing at that point so continuing to run was the only option.
With 10 miles done, I
All in all, fun weekend. Today's recovery run was tough but the legs definitely loosened up. I have 3 days left of work, a strength workout, speed work and some yoga and then Shamrock Marathon weekend!