Motivation Mantra: Do it for Disney!

Motivation is the name of the game. When you find what gets you through, it can absolutely change your perspective, desire, and, in some cases, the outcome of whatever you’re striving to achieve. With my second marathon a mere 9 days away (but who’s counting?), I am trying to muster all the motivation I can find. Going into my first marathon I was motivated by the incredible feat, determination, time and training that went into it, and especially the sense of absolute accomplishment upon crossing that finish line.  Now that I have done it once, I know I can accomplish it, but I definitely need a little more drive to get me through.

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At least I do have some pretty spectacular views on the trail near my house. It could be worse.

Training this time around definitely felt different.  Early in my training I was wearing shoes that were causing pain in my shins (thankfully not shin splints). My legs were achy and tired after my runs, so I immediately switched back to my beloved New Balance 3190s, which are actually discontinued.  Thank you Amazon for having one of the last size 8 pairs of 3190s – your company saved the day!  After fixing that issue, I also had a few colds that bogged me down this year, and made fitting in the miles significantly harder. My body was definitely telling me to slow down while my training plan was telling me to speed up.

Once I got over the hump of October, training began to gradually fall into place. Maybe it’s because the marathon sparkle had worn off having already done one, or maybe my body was annoyed at the idea of doing it again, but it really took until my 20 mile run for everything to feel right.  Internally I was beginning to worry when my legs and my breathing weren’t in sync, and hoped that it would come together on race day somehow.  What made matters somewhat more challenging was all of the snow we had been getting throughout December, covering my trail with snow, slush, ice, and mud. Training on those surfaces is no picnic, and at this stage in the game I really don’t want to risk injury.  Which is why I completed my 18 mile run on a treadmill (I absolutely do not recommend this for anyone, talked about boring…) and thought about quitting at mile 11 of my 14 mile taper run last weekend… I didn’t quit, but it was a major mental struggle.

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It actually took until my longest training run for everything to feel just right.
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It looks a lot prettier than it actually was – mud, ice, and slush everywhere. I thought tapering was supposed to be the easy part!

Although I have been excited about the prospect of sea level running with 19 miles of Pacific Ocean views and a maximum elevation gain of 100 feet, it was hard to find the motivation I needed to get through this training cycle.  Now with one weekend left of tapering and the race in sight, it’s getting a lot easier to feel the pre-marathon excitement. Not to mention, DISNEYLAND!

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We are going back to Disney, but this time West Coast style!

So what does one do after a marathon in southern California?  Obviously you go to Disneyland. This Disney fan has always been a tried and true Disney World supporter, believing its enormity and plethora of parks made it better than it’s California rival. In the back of my mind, however, I have always wanted to go to Disneyland – to see the original, visit Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and get a sense for where it all began.  It will be my hubby’s birthday, so I wasn’t sure if he’d actually want to go. Thankfully I got home from work one day last week and he turned to me and said, “You know, it might be fun to go to Disneyland.” Done and done. Tickets are booked and reservations made – to Disneyland we go!

Here’s a little recap of the last two weeks of training:

Day of the Week Cross Training Miles Run
1/9/17 (Monday) Yoga Sculpt N/A
1/10/17 (Tuesday) Yoga Sculpt 3.18 miles
1/11/17 (Wednesday) Yoga Sculpt 3.3 miles
1/12/17 (Thursday) Yoga Sculpt 3.32 miles
1/13/17 (Friday) N/A 3.36 miles
1/14/17 (Saturday) N/A 20.05 miles
1/15/17 (Sunday) Yoga Sculpt N/A
1/16/17 (Monday) Yoga Sculpt 3.27 miles
1/17/17 (Tuesday) Yoga Sculpt 2.5 miles
1/18/17 (Wednesday) TIU Bombshell Booty, TIU Core on the Floor, TIU Sleek Arms 3.1 miles
1/19/17 (Thursday) Yoga Sculpt 3.13 miles
1/20/17 (Friday) N/A 3.1 miles
1/21/17 (Saturday) N/A 14.05 miles
1/22/17 (Sunday) Yoga Sculpt N/A
TOTAL 62.46 miles

Any recommendations for this Disneyland novice (we will just be doing Disneyland Park)? If you had one day in Disneyland, what would you do?  What motivates you to get through marathon training? Has anyone else ever run 18 miles on a treadmill – isn’t it terrible?

#SquadUp: Running Loves Company

Every person has someone who inspires them. In fact we all probably have many people who inspire us in different ways. For my running “career,” I owe that inspiration to three amazing ladies: Samantha, Justine and Christine. These are my back home gal pals, sorority sisters, and besties who spurred the inner athlete in me. When I moved to Colorado with my hubby in 2011, it was the first time I’d been “away from home” in 13 years. Although I moved with my family a few times while my dad was serving in the Air Force, I’d never been away from my parents, and truly it was the first time I was distanced from my closest friends. Robbie was definitely my rock during that time, but I still wanted to find ways to continue connecting with my besties back home.

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Yeah, that about sums them up!

That year all three of them were ramping up their running game. Samantha had been a runner in high school and was diving back in full force, Justine had already completed at least one marathon by that time, and Christine was working towards half marathons the upcoming year. These ladies were my runspiration. Not only did they transform themselves and their lives for the better, but they could share it together! And to be completely blunt, I wanted in on the action. I wanted to know what the heck they were talking about (PR’s, GU, Glide, BioFreeze, foam rollers, and all the other foreign terminologies). Runner’s World actually has a quiz to determine if you speak runner, and at that time, I did not. Even from 1,700 miles away, I still wanted to be able to connect with my girlfriends, and share in the new experiences they were having. It may not have been the best motivation, but it doesn’t matter how you get to the race, just that you have the courage to run it.

It’s not surprising that they all turned to running. The Washington D.C. metro area is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for runners, according to Forbes Travel Guide and Active.com (as well as Boulder, CO, my first home in Colorado!). It makes perfect sense, given the numerous lengthy paths and trails, countless races, and the city’s scenic beauty and national landmarks. If only I’d really been into running while I was there!

I have been lucky enough to run a race with all three of these ladies before, the Nike

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#GoSquad at the Nike Women’s Half. These ladies have inspired my whole running “career”!

Women’s Half Marathon, before they discontinued the race in D.C. It was the first time all four of us had participated in a race together, and my first race in the D.C. metro area. To say shenanigans occurred would be an understatement to end all understatements. There were moments of skipping, Peep eating, and a lot of photo ops.

This weekend I will return to my former home to celebrate the wedding of my dear friend, Christine. In other words, #squadreunion. We

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The last time we were together celebrating a beautiful bride-to-be!

have an amazing weekend planned for the bride, from a winery tour through Virginia wine country to a bridal tea brunch. I won’t say more, because of course we are hoping for a lot of the elements to be a surprise, but it’s going to be fabulous! The other thing to consider is I am still training for my marathon, and that doesn’t stop even while traveling. Thankfully I will be visiting ladies who know the area, know the trails and have trained in this city for marathons of their own.

I cannot deny that last week was an incredibly off week in my training. I only managed to run a total of 15.1 miles, in part because of a blizzard that dumped 15 inches of snow in Denver in less than 12 hours, and also because

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Sunday’s run was not only shortened, but I had to forgo running on my usual trail. SO MUCH SNOW!

of work and personal issues. Even when I tried to fit in a 14 mile run this Sunday, my usual trek along the Highline Canal Trail was completely covered in ice and frozen-over snow. Needless to say I turned around after two miles in and finished my run on pavement. Every runner, every athlete, nay every human experiences an off week. It’s how we bounce back and not let it bring us down that defines us. So I am moving on and letting this week be a good one. Because let’s be honest, we are hardest upon ourselves. No one else is going to judge my progress or feel guilty about not fulfilling my goal except for me. So why carry that burden and let it affect the rest of my training? No one has space for that kind of mentality in their lives.

Furthermore, I am hoping that this week I will be able to fit in 18 miles while visiting in D.C. Weather is extremely permitting, with thunderstorms clouding the forecast. The weather gods may need a serious sacrifice… My friend, Samantha, has it all planned out and is going to bike along with me on the Mount Vernon Trail if all goes well. I am hoping to be able to run past monuments and the tidal basin, currently blooming with cherry blossoms. It would be nice to switch it up, and running at sea level doesn’t hurt either!

These days, though, I have many runspirations. My hubby is probably my biggest supporter and source of encouragement. He and I have been training together for the Colfax Marathon, and it makes the miles all the more wonderful to share them with him. He has been my rock and motivator this entire time. Often he will tell me, “I only started running because of you,” and I know it’s true. Better still is that is gives us another way to spend more time together. And I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

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Our second Denver Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon together in October 2015.

Here’s last week’s recap – on to a bigger and better week of training!  Have you ever had just incredibly off weeks when training? Who is your runspiration? Do you speak runner?

Day of the Week Cross Training Miles Run
Monday, 3/21/16 Yoga Sculpt 3.1 mile run
Tuesday, 3/22/16 Active Rest: 45 minute walk Rest
Wednesday, 3/23/16 Tone HIIT Up, TIU Coconut Core and Booty N/A
Thursday, 3/24/16 Zumba,  TIU Burn HIIT Up, TIU Band Workout N/A
Friday, 3/25/16 Rest Rest
Saturday, 3/26/16 Yoga Sculpt N/A
Sunday, 3/27/16 N/A 12 mile run

Runger: The Struggle Is Real

Why did no one ever tell me about real runger? I admit, I should have known that marathon training would require significantly more sustenance to keep me going, and fueling is always really important when training for any athletic endeavor.  But I am hungry. ALL. THE. TIME.  Don’t get me wrong, I love food, and I especially love good, nutritious, and well-balanced food.  I am simply not used to eating this much food out of necessity.  I have been doing a lot of research recently to understand what I should be doing to manage my hunger and ensure I am still fueling properly and thoughtfully.  It is true, I did indulge in a donut last week, but otherwise I am really trying to maintain and healthy balance between good carbs, fueling proteins, healthy fats, and lots of fruits and veggies.  I have to accept the fact, however, that marathon training isn’t designed for weight loss. Maintenance, sure, but not weight loss.  At least I will be toned all over!

No really, I feel like I am always hungry.
No really, I feel like I am always hungry.

In my quest for runger enlightenment, I stumbled upon Amanda Brooks’ blog “Run to the Finish,” in which her “Ultimate Guide to Managing Marathon Hunger” has been a huge life-saver and healthy reminder.  In it she provides her top 10 tips for managing marathon training hunger, which is exactly what I was needing.  I’ll list them below, but please check out her post – it’s hugely helpful!

  1. Amanda recommends refueling immediately after a run with a recovery drink. I am a huge fan of green smoothies, so this has been a really useful reminder for me that I need to intake my smoothie sooner. If you haven’t heard of “Simple Green Smoothies,” you should check them out now.  They have tons of free recipes on their site and through social media, and their book is outstanding.  The book provides smoothies for all different purposes, including recovery.
  2. The post-workout meal should include a slightly higher amount of protein,
    Did I mention that these GF oat muffins are also great with Perfect Fit?
    Did I mention that these GF oat muffins are also great with Perfect Fit?

    whether through eggs, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas/hummus, etc. One of my favorites is cooking an egg and preparing half a cup of Love Grown Foods’ Simply Pure Super Oats, which incorporates quinoa and chia seeds.  I also sometimes top the oatmeal instead with a banana, half cup of blueberries and 5 strawberries, or you could even mix in your favorite nut butter.  I also love smoothies with Tone It Up’s Perfect Fit Protein, a great plant-based vegan protein powder.

  3. I am going to quote Amanda here, “Don’t fear fats”! And it’s true, but choose healthy and hearty saturated fats, like coconut oil in smoothies or when making eggs (which also helps enhance your energy levels) or avocados, also in smoothies or with lunch or dinner.  I am going to try this shrimp and avocado salad tonight for dinner, so you know that other half of avocado is going in my morning smoothie tomorrow!
  4. Do not wait too long to eat after your run, because this can lead to overeating. There are some days where I will grab a big bottle of water and make my recovery meal right after I return so I don’t get too rungry. Amanda also mentions incorporating 2-3 snacks throughout the day, so in essence you’re eating about 5 or so “meals” on a daily basis as needed.  Often I will go for bananas with nut butter, carrots and hummus, or a smaller green smoothie.
  5. Carbs are friends, not foes, as long as incorporated properly. Complex carbohydrates are the key, which you can get from veggies and whole grains.  Quinoa and oats are some of my favorite things, and even in baking I am turning to whole wheat and gluten-free flours, like oat flour.  Amanda provides useful links to carbo-load correctly, so it’s worth checking out.
  6. Controlling your sugars is essential. Although last week’s chocolate frosted donut was a real treat, I was aware that it was not adding any value to how I fuel my body.  Sugar has a sneaky way of making you feel hungry even if you aren’t, which can cause overeating.  When you’re already consuming more calories than normal, this is a very slippery slope you want to avoid.
  7. What else can I say? Sleep is so imperative for everything, really, and even more so when training. This is definitely an area of improvement for me.  Sleep can help balance your metabolism as well as give you the recharge your body so needs after intensive athletic exercise.  The standard 7-8 hours fall somewhat short when training for a marathon, and really we should be aiming for 9-10 hours.  My goal for the next 2 months – more sleep!
  8. Focus on the nutrients in food as much as the food itself. Fresh fruits and veggies are a runner’s friend. I know we all fuel differently before a race, and I admit that I cannot eat anything that is more challenging to digest (like raw foods), but the recovery benefits are incredible.  It is recommended to have about 5 -7 services of fruits and veggies a day. Thankfully I love green smoothies and probably should have stock in Chiquita bananas for as many as I consume daily…
  9. Electrolytes provide the power you need to carry on, and running causes us to sweat them out. Lack of electrolytes can cause fatigue and cramps, which no runner wants to experience during or after a run.  NUUN hydration provides fabulous tablets that dissolve easily in water, do not include sugars, and provide a great natural boost of electrolytes.  Post-run coconut water is another wonderful and natural way to replenish your body with electrolytes.
  10. I love Amanda’s last recommendation the best: “listen to your body.” If you are in tune with what your body is telling you, you’ll refuel properly and timely, avoiding the snowball effect of incredible insatiable hunger, overeating, or not eating enough.  She also recommends to drink water before refueling. You may just be dehydrated rather than craving more calories.
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Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. Source

These are definitely some of the guidelines and recommendations I am going to hold

Saturday's 10K is a great local race on a nice flat course.
Saturday’s 10K is a great local race on a nice flat course.

onto for the next 9 weeks of my training plan.  On a side note, last week’s training went incredibly well!  I ran more than normal because the hubs and I had the Lucky Laces 10K (finished in 59:36, 9:36/mile!) on Saturday and a long run planned for Sunday.  Thankfully it was a good warm-up for Sunday’s run.  We completed 16.15 miles on Sunday in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 19 seconds.  It is great knowing I can run that far and under a 10 minute/mile pace!  Here’s hoping 10 more miles won’t bog me down too much…

Day of the Week Cross Training Miles Run
Monday 3/7/16 Yoga Sculpt N/A
Tuesday 3/8/16 Yoga Sculpt 4 mile run
Wednesday 3/9/16 N/A 3.55 mile run
Thursday 3/10/16 Zumba N/A
Friday 3/11/16 N/A 3.55 mile run
Saturday 3/12/16 TIU Bikini Arms 6.27 mile run
Sunday 3/13/16 N/A 16.15 mile run
Lucky Laces 10K was a success - nice, easy miles to prep for Sunday!
Lucky Laces 10K was a success – nice, easy miles to prep for Sunday!

I gave myself a nice running break yesterday, but I will be back at it this afternoon, with 17 miles planned for this weekend – eek!

What recommendations do you have for fueling during marathon training?  Anyone else experience some major runger?  How is your training plan going?

The Challenge Balance

What is it about a good challenge that makes you work hard, have fun, and become insanely competitive with yourself?  All I know is that I love challenges.  It seems silly, but they actually can be really motivating.  I think some of it has to do with my personality type: I love deadlines, timelines and benchmarks.  When I can see myself making progress along the way, it makes the whole process even better.

So this month marked two fun opportunities for me, and potentially a whole lot of other people.  Just a week after joining Core Power Yoga (oh yeah, I am obsessed), the Denver metro area

So much satisfaction each time I get a new punch on my punch card!
So much satisfaction each time I get a new punch on my punch card!

studios (and potentially others, I am not sure) began a 30/40 Challenge.  The goal is to complete 30 classes in 40 days, beginning on Monday, April 13th.  It’s 17 days in with 23 days to go, and I already have twelve classes completed, with another one scheduled for tomorrow night (I work late tonight, alas)!  I really am hooked. I think I figured out how I can finagle 30 classes in exactly 40 days, too, if all goes according to plan.  I will be flying out to the DC area on May 21st, with the challenge ending the 22nd, and I am actually planning to attend a class in Georgetown on the 23rd to celebrate!

So far I have primarily focused on Core Power 2 hot yoga, which has been good for form and stretching, while simultaneously strengthening, as well as Yoga Sculpt, which has been addicting and amazing for my muscle tone and standard daily circuit training.  I would like to try a hot power fusion or 75 minute hot yoga class for the relaxation and form benefits, but haven’t yet committed to one.  Soon, I am sure, and definitely during the challenge.

Can't wait to visit CPY in Georgetown!
Can’t wait to visit CPY in Georgetown!

The initial struggle, and probably the reason for not branching out more, is finding the perfect class schedule – I prefer evening classes as I have to be at work at 8am with a 40 minute commute, so morning classes are tough.  I found a 5:30pm sculpt class every day at the Broadway studio, which I love.  Saturday and Sunday mornings I can go to a 7:30am sculpt class in Cherry Hills Village and be done with my main workout early enough to start my day.  Thursdays I meet my girlfriend, Danielle, at the Highlands studio for an incredible CP2 class with Lance, who is phenomenal.  It just works, and having the benefit of so many locations to choose from, there’s always something available.  If you’re doing the 30/40 challenge, I think some of the benefit is actually finding what works, what style you prefer, testing out different instructors, and re-energizing and reconnecting with yourself.

The other challenge I have committed to, which also began April 13th, is the Tone it Up Eight Week Bikini Series.  I am new to the Tone it Up (TIU)

These ladies are too fabulous for words!
These ladies are too fabulous for words! Source

team, but I am instantly hooked.  It’s basically this nation-wide phenomenon following the empowering and invigorating practices of fitness gurus Karena and Katrina.  I know, it’s almost too perfect that their names are practically the same.  These two women have created a healthy, energizing, fitness-friendly culture with their Beach Babe DVDs, incredibly thorough nutrition plans, infectious positive attitudes, and the idea that now is the time to be as healthy as you can be.  Health isn’t just looking great, it’s eating well without deprivation, working out in order to tone and build muscle, and enjoying the body you have.  These women are beautiful, inside and out, and they have truly inspired me in more ways than one.

The Hiitty Bitty Bikini workout is no joke!

This is the fifth Bikini Series challenge, if I am not mistaken, and it can be whatever you make it. With the Bikini Series bundle, you receive the Beach Babe 3 DVD (ah-mazing), digital downloads, downloadable nutrition plan (with downloadable updates), some fun little goodies (TIU socks, chapsticks, key chain and Perfect Fit protein powder), and weekly schedules, challenges, and workouts.  My friend Amy Lacy, previously mentioned from her incredible Lacy Fit classes last summer (she’s about to have a little baby boy, so we may have to put the classes on hold this summer), introduced these women to me.  Little did I realize that my girlfriends from back in DC were also participating in the challenge.  It’s given me the boost I need to feel inspired and motivated, and it’s surrounded me with an incredible group of women striving for the healthiest version of themselves.

These workouts kick booty in the best way possible!
These workouts kick booty in the best way possible!
I am definitely feeling toned and fierce!
I am definitely feeling toned and fierce!

Although I haven’t followed the weekly schedules religiously, I have incorporated the routines from Beach Babe 2 and 3 into my weekly workouts, utilized some of the recipes, poured over the details of the nutrition plan (it’s like the food and nutrition Bible for women!!), and feel all the more healthy for it!  I know it’s a gradual transformation, which really makes sense why it is 8 weeks in duration, but the hubs can already tell I look more toned and feel better.  He even commented on my abs yesterday – I have abs!  And rather than focus on weight loss, I am focusing on muscle tone, tightening my core, and developing a healthier, more sustainable foundation for the future.  I still have occasional splurge, I mean, I love my husband’s cocktails on a Friday night, but it’s really about the bigger picture.  So with these eight weeks (only 6 to go!) I am focusing on me and lifestyle, long-term improvements.

Through TIU, I also came to meet a number of other amazing ladies in the Denver metro area also participating in the program.  This past weekend we went on a hike on Green Mountain in Lakewood, on a perfect morning, and shared our experiences, highs and lows, and insight about the Bikini Series.  It’s such a great opportunity to find folks who can share in and appreciate your journey.  Regardless of the reasons why we are participating, we’re in it together!

The Denver area TIU ladies and their puppies!
The Denver area TIU ladies and their puppies!

So I suppose I am where these two challenges meet, and I love the results and how the workouts and lifestyles balance and complement one another.  I am determined this bikini season to feel my absolute best.  The hubs and I do have a birthday trip to Napa planned, so I want to look and feel great, and carry this new me proudly into the future!

Who else is totally hooked by Tone It Up?  Aren’t Karena and Katrina the cutest things ever?  Don’t you just love when your hubby notices when you’re looking better?

For the Love of Chaturanga – Core Power Yoga Review

I was never one of those folks who really understood why people liked yoga so much.  Because I am type A, and according to my MBTI assessment I have a preference for Sensing and Judging, I like things to be effective and efficient, including my workouts.  Time is something that means a lot to me, and I don’t want to feel like I have wasted time.  I do spend time stretching, but I couldn’t fathom doing so for an hour.  However, I live in one of the more yogi states in the country (I actually looked this up – there are 0.8943 yoga studios per every 10,000 people in Colorado), so I knew I would eventually give yoga a good ol’ college try (ironically I didn’t do it in college…).  I also did realize it is more than just stretching, it’s strengthening, and this has been something I have wanted to work on in 2015.

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Time to get my Core Power Yoga on!

So last Sunday, I went to my first actual Core Power Yoga class.  I did Yoga on the Rocks last August, which is an unreal experience, hosted by Core Power Yoga (CPY), but this class was different.  My wonderful friend, Danielle, is getting married in October and I am honored to be a part of her big day.  She had been raving about this amazing yoga sculpt class, which combines yoga, calisthenics, core and cardio in one intense 60 minute session.  I joined her at Core Power Yoga in the Lower Highlands area of Denver.  This studio is the flagship in the Denver area, with company offices aboeve the studio, and a really professional atmosphere.  This class did not disappoint.  The instructor, Cori, was good at keeping us moving and maintaining the intensity throughout the class.

Many of the moves focus on sun salutations, isometric holds, and the utilization of weights, blocks and your own body with the intent to tone and sculpt muscle.  Boy was it effective!  I exhibited all the signs of a good workout the next day, and couldn’t wait to try more.  One of the great incentives of CPY is that all new students get a week free.  Now I don’t know about you, but I love free.  It could be just about anything, I love it when it’s free!  After signing up for my free membership that day, I decided to make the most of it.  After work on Monday I tried the Highlands studio for a Core Power 1 class, so I could work on form and the general movement of yoga.  This studio was much smaller, but felt really homey with a great neighborhood presence.  I am not a complete novice, having practiced at home intermittently with videos OnDemand, and having participated in Yoga on the Rocks, but the actual classes were still very new.  This session was really helpful (oh hey there Chaturanga, I got you now).

The next day I went back to the Highlands studio for Core Power 2 (CP2).  This class was definitely more advanced, not to mention heated.  The pace was much quicker, so I did my best to keep up and absorb the adjustments from the instructor.  Crow and I still aren’t good friends, but I will keep working on it!  I realized I had not sweat that much in my life before, and being from the south this is very hard for me to admit.  Typically I “glisten and glow,” but not this time – I just plain perspired profusely.  It still didn’t quite give me the same sensation as the yoga sculpt class, though, which I later came to realize could just be the instructor and the flow of the class sometimes.

Oh yeah, this was me alright.  Crowed myself flat onto my face.
Oh yeah, this was me alright. “Crowed” myself flat onto my face. #YogaFail Source
A girl can dream - I wish I looked this good!
A girl can dream – I wish I looked this good! Source

Thursday I returned to the LoHi studio for another CP2 class, which was significantly more of a workout.  I was able to more easily flow with the routine, and definitely could tell my breath was more closely aligned.  It was just the right intensity, and yet again, a decent amount of sweat to feel like I worked for it.  Emilie, the instructor, moved us quickly, but ensured we had time in the movement to make adjustments and deepen the stretch or hold.  I joined Danielle again for this class, and although she strongly prefers yoga sculpt, she, too, thought it was a meaningful workout and good class.

I loved the Cherry Hills Studio - it was a great size and an awesome class!
I loved the Cherry Hills Studio – it was a great size and an awesome class!

Finally, Saturday morning presented the last opportunity for my free classes.  I was going on a hike later that morning, so I went early to the Cherry Hills studio for another yoga sculpt class at 7:30am.  This one was even more intense than the Sunday prior (I can still feel it today – good pain!).  It was fantastic, and the instructor, Stephanie, was phenomenal.  She made a lot of corrections throughout the class, thankfully, and really kept us going.  We almost didn’t have time for savasana because she worked us so hard.  I made sure to use 5 pound weights whenever possible to increase the intensity level.

Do you think Rocco would learn to do this with me?

After all of this, as I am sure CPY hopes, I am hooked!  It’s such a great combination of classes, with varying levels and constantly changing routines.  Another huge bonus is that you can go to any studio with your membership.  When I go back to Maryland in May, I could go to the Bethesda studio.  With so many studios around the Denver area, I have a world of options for post-work and weekend classes, all within a reasonable distance.  I will be checking out the Broadway studio this evening for another sculpt class.  I can definitely see incorporating this into my routine between running, Zumba, and at home workouts!

How late am I to the yogi trend?  What type of yoga class do you prefer – hot, vinyasa flow, toning/power, etc?  Have you tried CPY – do you like it?