80’s Run Recap/Short Update

Saturday, we ran the South Hall Rotary Club 80’s 5K in Flowery Branch. I knew before I started the run Saturday that I was about to come down with a cold. Thankfully, it waited until I was done running before hitting me with an ever dreaded sore throat. The race did not start until later in the morning and with the sun straight up at that point, I was going to be happy just to finish. I barely made it to mile 1 before having to walk for a few. By mile 2, I was done and did not want to run anymore. I had to force myself to run in to the finish. I finished in 37:40 and placed 4th in a ten year age group.

As I sit here writing my very short blog post for the weekend, I can barely breathe and everything I eat has a weird taste. So I hope this is gone before this coming Saturday’s race. I will be running the Running For Rankin 5K and I hope to see all my friends I have not seen in months!

This week I only have one night of Yoga teacher training class. Thank goodness for that. I am counting down the days until I am done. It takes a lot of time and energy which is limited right now with everything else I have going on. My Fall classes start today and I am also planning a 5K for my alumni association. I am waiting on approval of designs before releasing the information out to social media. Classic Race Services will be timing it and it will be January 20th so go ahead and mark your calendars, for the 1st Annual Frosty Owl 5K benefiting the Athens Tech Alumni Association.

Hugs & Blessings
~Queen Beast Fitness

Summer’s End 5K Recap

I have been thinking lately how lucky I am to be able to do the things I do. I stay on the road, I get to run and workout whenever I please, I’m working on my Yoga teacher certificate ands that’s just a few of the things I get to do in this life. I am also very thankful for all of the friends I have made along the way. I smile when I think about the one’s that text me every week to see where I am running, the one’s that have become more like family, and the one’s that spend time with me training during the week. The Summer’s End 5K happened to have a handful of my favorite people in the world there. I have been looking forward to this race for week’s now. I look forward to them even more now that some of my weekend’s are spent on a mat. I have ran this race for several years now and have placed in my age group for the last two years. Summer’s End is famous for train trophies as their awards. This year was my third year in a row getting a train! I was so happy to get that train, it’s all I have been talking about. With everything I have going on, I have not been pushing myself to run much through the week. However, I was determined to get under 36 which is where I have been lately. Saturday I ran it in 35:27 and knocked two minutes off of my time from last year.

I don’t have another Saturday Yoga class until the end of September so I plan to run as many races as I can until then! Send me a message if anyone has any cool ones they are running coming up in the next few weeks. We are still planning out our schedule for September! Once I finalize plans, I will post a calendar of where I will be for the next few months! I know I have a few Black Bag Races coming up so I’m really looking forward to seeing all my Black Bag friends again! It’s been way too long.

Hugs & Blessings
~Queen Beast Fitness

Power Of Relaxation

I’m the kind of person who can’t sit still no matter what. I can be at work, at a restaurant, or at a friend’s house and if I sit longer then thirty minutes I will about come out of my skin. I’m not sure why I am like this but I can’t control it, I have to move. As you can imagine, a day long Yoga class just about kills me. It takes everything I have to stay there all day. Saturday training classes are from 8-6, so when they say we can go I am the first one out the door every time. I have noticed something though, I do relax when we practice Savasana which is the pose of total relaxation. You are basically in a corpse’s position on the floor. Typically you can place your head on a blanket and your legs over a bolster, then you lay there and release all the tension in your body. I manage to stay still (or mostly still) for the ten to fifteen minutes in the pose. I also noticed this has helped me release the stress I get from my job and school. Needless to say, Savasana will be an essential component at the end of my classes when I begin teaching.

I had my Yoga training classes back to back this week. Class Friday night from 5:30-9 and then again all day Saturday. I was able to teach for a few minutes Saturday morning and received awesome feedback. Apparently my speed of calling out the poses and how long I give in between each pose is perfect. I felt like I was speeding through the poses but it feels longer to the student’s actually doing the poses then it does to me teaching. I can tell already I am going to enjoy teaching my own class one day!

I was super excited yesterday because I did a handstand against the wall. I was like heck yea all this strength training is paying off. I did it a second time and my right arm gave out and I collapsed on my neck. I am a little sore today in my shoulders and back but no time for that because I gotta get right back at it tomorrow at the gym. I keep looking at my arms and flexing and hoping those biceps will magically form. I swear I have a baby bicep forming so we will role with that for now!

I get to run a 5K this coming weekend and I am so excited! We will be in Winder for the Summer’s End 10K/5K. Hope to see all my lovely friends there!

Hugs & Blessings
~Queen Beast Fitness

Hot In The Summer Sun 5K Recap

I’m pretty sure I need to move to Atlanta. I spend more time there on the weekends then where I live. A lot of the races that we have been interested in this Summer have all been in or around Atlanta. We ran another 5K in Kennesaw Saturday for Five Star NTP called the Hot Fun In The Summer Sun 5K. One of the cool things about Five Star is they give finishers medals to all participants. I finished 2nd in my age group so I scored double medals. The course had one long hill towards the finish line but I have noticed lately, that hills do not bother me much anymore. I used to dread seeing a hill but now I don’t pay too much attention to them. I think its because I see a hill as a challenge, and I really like challenges.

 

I haven’t been running lately because I spend most of my time doing full body training. I can tell I am getting stronger, even with running. The heat bothers me, which kills my clock time but I noticed the last few times I have ran that I have not struggled as much.

Next weekend, I won’t be able to run because I have my one Saturday a month day long Yoga training class. I certainly hope to see everyone at the Summers End 5K in Winder August 12th, I am really looking forward to that race. I hope to go for my third straight year of getting a train trophy!

Now that summer is coming to a close and Fall is fast approaching, I have got to get ready for the next five months of craziness. There is a lot of neat stuff happening and lots of new adventures coming up so stay tuned!

Hugs & Blessings
~ Queen Beast Fitness

Yogi in Trainee

When I started my Yoga teacher training classes at the end of June, I did not realize how much I was going to learn in only a few short weeks. I went to my first class thinking I was going to learn how to teach an exercise but I’m realizing there is more to Yoga then teaching someone to stretch or practice a pose. There is hours and hours of book work, studying anatomy, and spending 6 or more hours in a studio a few days a week. The teacher training also teaches us mental and spiritual strategies to implement in to our daily lives and the lives of our students.

The first class I went to, the instructors had us sit in a circle and told us to bring our hands to heart center. They told us to breathe in, and get ready for the sacred sound of Aum. All of these people started Auming and being the girl I am, I popped my eyes open and looked around at all of them like they were insane. This is when I realized there are several different practices to Yoga. The next night, they sat us in a group and discussed how Yoga can be a spiritual practice. Some of the girls began to question if practicing Yoga is the religious thing to do. I gotta say, I was questing what the heck I got myself in to after hearing all of this. I didn’t recognize the fact that people look down on Yoga for various reasons until I sat in this circle. At this point in the training, I am already forming my opinions of how I will practice and teach Yoga. I am going to be honest here, I will not be practicing any aum’s or spiritual ways nor will I teach it. I will teach Yoga as a form of exercise and when student’s pay to come to my class, I will put them to work. Therefore, when they walk out of my door, they feel like they have accomplished something and feel like they have gotten a great workout.  Kind of like boot camp for Yoga. That’s not to say, that I won’t start with some breathing exercises or end the night with a little meditation but my classes will not focus on that.

Yoga is also making me realize it’s ok to be who you are and to be ok with where you are in life. Let me try to explain this a little better. It wasn’t until I started taking Yoga lessons, did I recognize the fact that my body does not bend and stretch the way some people’s do. I have very tight hamstrings and very tight shoulders. Therefore, I cannot touch my toes or place my hips on the floor in a seated position. I also walk like a duck and many of my poses have my feet sticking out because I cannot turn them in. Last night, was the first time I truly got frustrated with myself during the training class. The instructor told us to stretch and grab our feet but I couldn’t stretch that far and I looked around at everyone else who could grab their feet and just shook my head. The instructor saw me and came over to tell me its ok to be where I am in this journey and to learn to be ok with the things I can’t do at the moment. I thought a lot about what she said and I am coming to terms with not worrying about what I can’t do but what I can do. I may not be able to touch my toes, but I have some killer balancing techniques. I do the tree pose on one leg like a champ, I don’t even shake. I stand like a tree that is not being blown by the wind. I also have a nice little plank and with the help of my weight training, I no longer shake like I’m freezing cold!

We got a little taste of teaching last night. I have a lot of work to do to learn how to verbalize what needs to happen in order for people to learn the poses the correct way. I can’t wait until I can actually teach! My classes are going to be lots of work but I promise they will be fun and relaxing.

I will try to post after each of my classes so you all can follow my Yoga journey of becoming a teacher. The fall is fast approaching us! Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!

Hugs & Blessings!
~Queen Beast Fitness