Backbends and balances, oh my!

Jogging it down: my week in review {PilotingPaperAirplanes.com}

Ok I’m behind. Oh well. Life happened. Life and a trip to NYC and the Olympics. They had me up late for 2 weeks straight (honestly, don’t they know 11:30+ is too late for us East coasters??). This lady needs more sleep or my energy is zapped real fast.

Wouldn’t change a thing. I adore the Olympics, enjoyed everything I watched and ignoring the too-little sleep for a sec, my body enjoyed the break.

Highlights:

Last Tuesday

• Yoga, back/hips/balances, 1:00:00
After a bus trip up to NYC and a few days of out-of-town fun, this yoga session is just what I needed. Focused on hips and lower back, then worked on some leg balances and inversions – attempted tripod for the first time. I’m still on the wall to start my headstands, but today felt solid. Added some arm balances at the end just for fun!

Last Wednesday

• Yoga, warm up and balance work, 35:00
Warm up flow, then the strength work (below), and finished up with more inversion work. Core humility today!! I’ve been working on head/hand stands against the wall – no kick ups, keeping it smooth, but still needing the wall to get up and find stability. Today I *attempted* to lift up with less wall support. Holy smokes the core strength! Definitely have work to do – and lots more planks.

• Low-impact full-body rep workout, 25:00

• Kettle bell squat swings x50
• Side plank w/ dumbbell extension x25 each side
• Mountain climbers x50 (both sides=1 rep)
• Squat + press x50
• Band X wrap hip opener x 50
• Pushup + dumbbell row x25
• Russian twists x50 (both sides=1 rep)
• Band bridge lifts x25
= 350 reps

Monday

• Yoga, back bend extravaganza, 1:00:00
Playing serious catch up on the IG yoga challenge. I should have looked up the poses first, because I pushed myself hard in backbend work during my own practice… and then had to photograph several bendy poses. My lower back was extremely sore for almost three full days!


Wednesday

• Yoga, headstand (!), 1:00:00
Lots of balance work after a nice and smooth warm-up. The IG challenge this month had headstand variations three days in a row. I spent a long time working upside down before turning on the camera and was really discouraged. Maybe I was too worried or distracted because once the camera was on my focus sharpened and I felt much better in the pose. Still have a loooong way to go but it’s the little victories.

Thursday

• 4 miles, 41:15 (10:18 pace)
I planned to do hill repeats, but once I started the WU I just felt like running fast. My “comfortable jog” speed felt too slow, so maybe the sprint and hill intervals are starting to pay off. Miles 1 and 4 were jogs, miles 2 and 3 were the sprint intervals.

Just a long run planned this weekend. At least 7 but it would be awesome to hit 8. It also looks like decent, slightly warmer, weather so maybe I’ll take the run outside! Wouldn’t that be nice.

What workout to you have planned this weekend?
Are you working on head/hand stands? Any tips??


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6 Responses to Backbends and balances, oh my!

  1. I’m a firm believer of hill training. I’m starting track workouts Tuesday morning at 4:45AM!!! YIKES!
    Great job on the hand stand.
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    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      I don’t even know what 4:45am looks like. That would take a lot of convincing for me. Have fun! I’ve always been poor on incline so have made it a priority this winter on the TM. Hopefully I’ll feel/see improvement when I take my runs outside this Spring.

  2. Larissa…I love the head stands, I am now inspired to go try..why were they so easy when we were kids and so difficult now? This week has me getting back to my running as I am goaling myself for my first half marathon this June 🙂
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    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Right?? I don’t think I had any fear as I kid. Always flipping around and climbing up everything. A secret dream is to do a back handspring. 😉

      Good luck beginning training!

  3. Pam says:

    I am terrible at headstands, and at 60 feel I can skip them! However, you look so flexible and strong I am sure someone will give you some great tips!
    Pam recently posted…A personal worst that was so much fun – Princess half recapMy Profile

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Awe, thanks! Working on balances have certainly challenged my upper-body strength. Some poses are definitely work skipping though – I have a few on my “hmk no thanks” list!

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