Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bikram Yoga

After the Soldier Field 10 mile race last Saturday, I decided to take the week off running (Monday through Friday). I understand it's good to take one or two breaks throughout the year. I also start training for the Rock n Roll Chicago Half next week, so I wanted a little rest period in between It's only 10 weeks away! During my break, I played a little golf, and I tried Bikram Yoga again, which I now love.

It's much more enjoyable when your'e not training for a race. Bikram is hard core. You will get a great workout and a deep stretch by holding various poses in a room heated to 105 degrees (literally). My heart pounds as if I'm running at a 9:00 mile pace. I definitely had to sit down a couple of times to slow my heart rate, which the instructors pointed out is perfectly normal. I bought a two week introduction package at Bikram Yoga Oak Park, unlimited visits for $25. On my second visit, the heater wasn't completely functioning, so the room wasn't as hot in the beginning, but by the end of the class I think I was more drenched in sweat than in my first class when the heater was working. The heater must have completely bonked out because this Thursday's class was canceled. The owner has graciously extended my visits an additional two days. I can't wait to go back next week. Running and hot yoga is turning out to be a great combination for me.

Brightroom finally posted pics from the race. As I thought, there are a few pics of me waving my arms like a crazy person at the finish.

Happy Running!

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