Benefits of Bikram Yoga to Running

Hello everyone! I haven’t updated for days because I have been resting from my last weeks half marathon. My resting means I’m doing Bikram Yoga for my legs to recover! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did Bikram Yoga at Greenhills 3x a week last week, I did try to run a few kilometers last Sunday with my husband but I ended up giving up on the 2km mark because of my cramps ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hate being a girl (sometimes!) So I waited for the husband to do another round at the UP Oval, so thats another 2km while I waited for him at one of the benches worrying if my one week rest affected my running! LOL

So yesterday I did a suicide workout haha! I practiced Bikram Yoga at 6pm then hit the gym after for a 5.5km speed run and did 50 crunches! SUICIDE! My husband asked me if I’m trying to kill myself haha!

But you know what? After Bikram, I actually felt good going to the gym which is so unlikely of me being a lazy ass! LOL So I took the vacant treadmill and just run!

So here’s my little observation of what 4x a week of Bikram did to my running. Disclaimer: I’m a beginner in Bikram and stopped practicing a year ago so please so don’t fully rely on this. I’ll tell you about more after a month’s practice.:)

1. I noticed I was breathing on my stomach during the last 3kms. It wasnt intentional but I saw myself in the mirrow and was amazed.

2. My strides were longer! Have you ever felt that you’re strides were short? Especially on a race! Mine was like mini strides! Haha! I’m asian so I have short legs hehe. My strides now were much more longer and I feel comfortable!

3. Fish Oil + Bikram Yoga= Good Proper breathing and goodbye chest pains!

4. My legs were more stable! In Bikram, we do 26 postures and almost all of it were stretching and legs based so my legs were sore always haha! So when I ran last night I felt my legs were not that wobbly and no injuries because of my super stretching from Bikram haha!

Well, that’s it for now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll add more as I go through my running while incorporating Bikram Yoga into it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a good run + your crosstraining pretty people! ๐Ÿ™‚

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X O X O

M

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Run United Philippine Marathon 2013

It’s finally here!!! Okay, I promised I will rest from running starting October but I can’t miss this one and not run on it’s Half Marathon. I wanted badly before to run on the Run United 2 but I wasn’t well trained enough so I ran the 10km category instead. But now, I can do this!!! =) What is the perfect way to end you half-marathon for the year? Run the Run United Philippines!

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Bikram Yoga: My Perfect Cross Training from Running

It was my second night last night to do Bikram! It was hooooot but so good after the practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night was a major deal for me whether to decide of Bikram Yoga will be the good cross train for me in Running. The first night was good, instructor Isabel was kind and generous enough to open the door once in a while and a little window for us so the first night was like “YEAH! I can do this!”. Remember my bragging post? LOL

But last night we had a different instructor, Charles. He greeted me since I was an early bird and he qas so accomodating and nice enough to chat with me as a new student. Okay, so now I know why he is so nice coz he’s bad ass at the hot room! I was like cursing him while I was holding on to my last breath LOL! Okay no, that’s why it’s Bikram, its supposed to be a hot room hehe. I was like a little kid there whining and thinking “why the heck I was doing this again?!” Then after the class, I remembered. The practice was sooo good that you anticipate going back the next day and signing up for an unlimited one month class ๐Ÿ™‚

I still have a week and a half but I’m going to rest today and have dinner with my girls. Ill going back to running tomorrow until Sunday then Bikram Yoga again for the first half of the week next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I understand why we runnera needs to cross train. It will make you not get “sick” of running and it will keep your other muscles moving ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so happy I found the perfect cross training for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

X O X O

M

Bikram Yoga + Running

Finally! After so many promises I attended my Bikram Yoga!

It felt sooooo good! Why did I ever stopped practicing a year ago? Oh okay, now I remember, it’s expensive! The timing of a groupon from Bikram Yoga Greenhills is a heaven sent! I’ve been looking for an opportunity to enroll myself to a one-month unlimited class and good thing I was so lazy to do it so I got the groupon! Yay!

I arrived at the class 30 minutes before 6pm and registered for the class. The instructor was Isabel and she’s soooo nice! I know all the poses but forgot the proper form of some and Isabel was nice enough to assist me in some poses ๐Ÿ™‚

I practice Bikram Yoga on and off for the past 3 years and everytime I try to go back, it’s so painful and I was always having a hard time breathing inside the hot room. But this time, the practice was a bliss! I didn’t have a hard time doing the poses, I was breathing properly the entire class and didn’t feel dizzy the rest of the class! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I thank running for that!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Since my body is used to running and all that fatigue, the poses I did was not as hard as before.

After 90 minutes, we finally did the final breathing and NAMASTE! Will definitely go back tomorrow!

X O X O

M

My 1st Half Marathon!

After 3 months of training and missing most of my long runs every Sunday, the day finally came! It’s my First Half Marathon! ๐Ÿ™‚

First Half Marathon Finisher!

First Half Marathon Finisher!

Running towards the Finish Line! =)

Running towards the Finish Line! =)

Still strong! =)

Still strong! =)

I started out good, I maintained my pace on an average speed of 9.5km/hr. The first 5km I can see the rabbits outrunning me and holding for their dear lives to maintain a fast pace! I didn’t let them get into my head and just motivated myself to maintained my pace and for sure i’ll see them after the 10km mark.

The first 10km was a breeze.
No injury. CHECK
Hydrated and took banana. CHECK
Breathing form. CHECK

In this race, we had to cross back and forth 2 flyovers. And when I say flyovers, its a nasty flyovers. I crossed the 1st one on the 5km and I was strong but had to walk a little when I got back on the same flyover on the 11km mark.

Then I ran again until hitting the 15-16km mark when the 2nd flyover came! Accckkk!! I hate flyovers ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It ruined my time! After walking a little at the flyovers I ran again until the finish line. I felt strong and checked if I had injuries. YAY!!!

When I looked at the time. I finished my first 21km on an Unofficial Time of 2:31.

I know it wasn’t the best time I was aiming for knowing fully that I have to be under 2:30 so I can meet the cut off time of the Milo Marathon 21km on July 28.

If I hadn’t been slacking on my training and cramming, I could have reached a better time. Okay, no whining. I’m grateful for the Lord for giving me the strength that I need! ๐Ÿ™‚ And grateful that I finished it strong, free from injuries! ๐Ÿ™‚

So now I have two weeks more to train my speed and endurance to meet the 2:30 mark on the Milo Marathon. The upside of this race is that the route will be more of a flat one unlike the uphill route last sunday. The Milo Marathon will have two flyovers but it’s more manageable, or so I think LOL

So what did I do after a Half Marathon?

Finally got my icepack to good use! =)

Finally got my icepack to good use! =)

Iced myself!

It felt sooooo good ๐Ÿ™‚ And the best part of this race is it has the most goodies!!! LOOK!

Thanks Regent and 2Go!

Thanks Regent and 2Go!

Check out my singlet and medal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Personalized Bib and Awesome Medal!

Personalized Bib and Awesome Medal!

I have dreamed this day would come and it did! Even though I didn’t reached my desired time the fact that I finished the race gave me goosebumps! ๐Ÿ™‚

So what’s next for me after crossing this out from my bucket list? The Milo Marathon (21km) and the Robinsons Buddy Run (10km). ๐Ÿ™‚

It has been a great journey for me, training and reading running blogs! Thank you guys for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

X O X O

M