I didn't sign up though. I did contemplate dropping in on a couple of yoga sessions but do to time and cost restraints decided not to. Then I remembered that a nice & talented lady at my church leads a free yoga class every Saturday morning. Score! Free yoga, led by a real instructor, can't beat that! I've never gone before because Saturdays are dedicated to my long run but since I'm between training plans at the moment it seemed like a good time to check it out. So, at 8:00, I decided I'd go to yoga at 8:30. No problem... nursed the littlest really fast, finished off breakfast for the other 3, slipped into some yoga worthy clothes, brushed my teeth and rushed out the door. (Thanks Dan, next time I'll give you more of a heads up.)
It was great. First off, there were only 2 other ladies there besides me (I like small crowds). One of them was another runner from my church, who I believe is pretty speedy, so if it works for her maybe it will work for me. Secondly, I had no kids with me! I've tried to do yoga at home but "downward dog" usually turns into "Look! Mommy is a bridge, lets climb up and over and under and around her." Lastly, but definitely not leastly (yeah that isn't a word but I'm using it anyway, because I feel like it) it felt so good to stretch. I think my quads were still pretty tight from my half-marathon and stretching them out as well as I was forced, I mean able to do felt great. Admittedly, I have some sore muscles today( muscles that I might not have even realized I had) but overall I already feel faster and stronger... ha ha. Okay, so it wasn't that miraculous, but my running and I will definitely benefit from the organized stretching and balance building that doing yoga regularly will give me. So, I'm definitely a yoga believer and will be working it into my weekly schedule.
Speaking of schedules, I'm about ready to sit down and plan out a training and racing schedule for the next little bit. After taking most of this last week off, I've determined that the only way I'm going to stay sane is if I do some organized running.
How 'bout you, are you yoga aficionados? Do you have your fall season all planned out?