Monday, June 05, 2006

Namaste.

Kate asked me to write an update on partner yoga so here it goes...

It was great fun! The class was pretty much the same (1/2 yoga, 1 hr Thai massage and 1/2 hr facial/cranial massage) but the instructors added a few new postures for us regulars. For some reason it felt more strenous (in a good way) this time. Our friends Creed and Shaunna joined us and when we left we all commented on how much we felt it. After the class we went next door to an Italian restaurant and gorged on salad and pasta.

One of the things I really like about the yoga class is how good I feel the following days. Saturday morning (the morning after the class) I got up at 6:45 and went running. Normally this is an ungodly hour for me but now that it is 112 degrees during the day I have to get up this early just to survive the run. Ideally I should get up around 5 or 5: 30 but I would have to go to bed a 9 o'clock the night before to get a decent night’s sleep and I'm just not prepared to make that sort of commitment.

Anyhoo, back to my point...my Saturday morning run was so wonderful because I was so loose from yoga. I ran my longest distance yet (almost 2 miles) and my legs didn't hurt. They were tired but they didn't hurt the way they often do. I felt so great and empowered when I finished. I hope to run again tomorrow...if I can drag my lazy bones out of bed. I had hoped to go this morning but I was tired and still slightly sore from Saturday (it is amazing how out of shape my poor legs are!). If my legs could carry me I would run every day because I feel so great when I get home. I can't wait until they are strong enough so I can easily run more than 3x per week. Right now 3 is my max and as I increase my mileage it is getting more difficult to run 3x because my legs really need to rest. Right now I'm definitely doing 2x per week and do 3x on occasion. My sister (the 1/2 marathon runner) suggested I also do strength trainer (weights) but I think that will just tire my poor legs even more.

Hmmm…what else? We went to see Down in the Valley with Edward Norton. It was playing at Camelview and I always like the movies that play there, and Edward Norton is usually great, so we thought we would give it a try. My two cents – don’t bother paying the $7 (or more) to see it. My friend Janet came with us and she left about 20 minutes in, as soon as she finished her popcorn. To quote her, “I don’t really care how it ends. I don’t care what happens to these people.” I think that says everything. Casey and I stayed until the end but neither of us were wowed. Plus, the popcorn was mediocre at best and Camelview usually has the best popcorn. Popcorn can make or break a movie for me.

I better run. I’m roasting garlic red and yellow potatoes on the grill and I need to check on them. We’re having potatoes, pork chops and salad for dinner. Yum! Casey is busy assembling mailboxes (his business is going crazy. He is so busy he no longer works for the development company and just does his mailbox work!) but should be done shortly.

Have a good night.

More later…

7 Comments:

Blogger Ann said...

those potatoes sound yummy. i am intrigued about kate's mom grilling her b-day cake. interesting.
i can pretty much guarantee i could never get curt to partner yoga or any yoga class for that matter. maybe he can join me and maya at home tonight for yoga. 5 days out of 6 for june that i have walked/worked out. i hope i can keep working out or at least walking (i am sure i will be walking a lot) while on vacation.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Erica Kern said...

Good for you! I'm so impressed that you are so motivated. I had planned to get up early yesterday and today but when the alarm went off both days I thought, "ugh, I'm not getting up at 6:30." I really need to go to PVCC and find out what they charge to join for the summer. I think they have a shortened membership plan for summer students.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Erica Kern said...

P.S.

Did you really think Casey would do yoga??? And Creed had never done it before. Curt might actually like it...once he got over the whole, "I'm going to yoga!?!" thing : )

5:02 PM  
Blogger Kate Gardiner said...

the tricky part about the grilled cake is that you have to make sure the grill cooks evenly. my parents have a gas grill which i think is must and even it had hot spots.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate-

How did she regulate the temp? Just put it at 350 or 400 or whatever and hope for the best? I had good luck transitioning the potatoes from oven to grill but I think baking might be another story. We have a gas grill so that is good. Thanks!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Erica Kern said...

That post was from me...Erica

9:58 PM  
Blogger Kate Gardiner said...

she had an oven thermometer that she put out there and waited until it read the right temp. it should work pretty well. try brownies first. less rising to worry about. besides what have you to lose. with brownies even if there are mushy spots, they are still tasty! :O)

10:54 AM  

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