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My Partner On The Run.

It’s Monday again!

Before anything else, I just want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Jae for completing Ironman Texas last Saturday! He ROCKED IT!

Here’s a video of him at the finish line.

He’s the friend from my previous post whom my hubby and I cheered for last April in Texas during his Ironman 70.3. This time was the full one – Ironman 140.6. My husband and I were cheering for him from all the way here in Ohio. As we were tracking him online we were feeling the pain and the agony. That’s 2.4 mile SWIM, 112 mile BIKE, 26.2 mile RUN + TEXAS scourching heat! That’s insane but he killed it!

Congratulations Ironman Jae!

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So last Friday, I gave myself a permission to schedule a little β€˜me’ time. πŸ™‚ I am firm believer in the importance of being good to yourself and I shamelessly indulge in “me time” every once in a while. πŸ™‚

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I had highlights done on the tips of my hair. My hair is normally very dark brown and the highlights turned out to be caramel-y. I’m happy with the outcome! Thanks to my hairdresser, Jamie! πŸ™‚

Photo May 17, 5 37 12 PM (3)I like it when hubby is driving, I can take more shameless selfies! LOL! πŸ™‚

Question: When was the last time you set aside a little β€˜me’ time? How did it feel?

My husband has played a key role in getting me into running. He was actually the one who encouraged me to sign up for my first half marathon. I was doubting myself that time but he was more confident for me than I was. From there, I got hooked! So, thank you for that! πŸ™‚ Im not sure I would ever have the guts to sign up without his wisdom and encouragement. He supported me so much through my running journey. I remember when he had to wait for me to finish in the cold and sleet during my last year’s race at the Monumental Half Marathon. I love him and I am truly blessed to have him. He’s my number 1 fan! πŸ™‚

Our very first half! πŸ™‚

So, this year, I am repaying the favor back. He signed up for his first marathon in September. Though I am not training for any races (as of now), I join him with his training. This is my small way of saying thanks! πŸ™‚

Now with his first marathon on the horizon, he’s been diligently following a training plan. I join him in his long runs, easy runs, not-so easy runs, interval trainings… etc. It’s nice that I do this with him. We keep each other going when one is tired. Running together is a fun way for us to bond.

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Last Saturday was another long run for him.

I saw these old tracks along the way. I love railroad tracks!
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Doing my much needed foam rolling
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I had no idea how running weaved into our marriage. I realized that this has become a bonding time like an Iron man movie date night out for us. I am convinced that one of the reasons we’ve remained strong in our marriage is that we share the same passion and loves. My partner in life is also my partner on the run.

Question: Do you run with your significant other? Or are you a solo runner?

Yesterday, my husband and I attended the Cincinnati’s 4th annual Yoga Takeover, sponsored by different local yoga companies. It was free (which is awesome) and took place at the Washington Park in Downtown Cincinnati.

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This was my first time doing a yoga class outdoor. It was pretty tough balancing on the grass, but the wobbling didn’t bother me. It’s getting close to summer season, so it was warm hot but everyone just seemed so happy to be outside.

There were 3 yoga instructors that led the class and they also had assistants who were walking through the crowd helping with adjustment and spraying us with water – such a sweet treat! So despite the fact that there were probably 200+ people out there yesterday, you still got a little bit of individual attention.

It was a great experience since I’ve never really got a chance to roam around to this part of downtown Cincinnati. The views were actually pretty cool. And doing a sun salutation when you’re actually reaching toward the sun is a pretty cool feeling! πŸ™‚ And, oh, the “thing” I feared the mostΒ (see my last post), nope, nothing like that happened. LOL! It was a good day!

Question: How did your weekend go? Have you gone to an outdoor yoga?

Anyone raced this weekend?

Xoxo, JOTR

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Yo-Gas! :)

Ummm…ok how do I say this?

Most people would consider me as a shy person. That said, I have this fear of being humiliated in a room full of people I don’t know. But yesterday in yoga class, for the first time in my life, the thing I feared the most happened. I was moving into Reverse Warrior pose, and… a quick “prrrrup”.

I was mortified! My mind grinded to a halt. My yogic, calm trance was interrupted by a supreme embarrassment.

“Did that just happened?” Yes, that… just… happened! Holy crap!

“Oh please please please I hope no one heard it!”

I know it was a little audible, but NOT smelly (thank goodness!). I peeked to my right …and left, everyone looked serious and focused on themselves. It seemed like no one noticed. I felt relieved! I couldn’t believe and totally did not expect that! I kept breathing, held my pose, and quickly my embarrassment passed. Then I started giggling in my head. πŸ™‚

With 15 minutes left to go in class, my paranoia set in.

Were they just trying to be mature by not reacting to it? What if they actually heard it?

Aaaawkward!

I tried to glance at everyone’s faces to see if they are secretly laughing – they still looked serious. I tried to compose myself during the “Corpse Pose”. While everyone looked so relaxed, my mind was screaming and getting paranoid. OMG! What if it was loud enough for them to hear it. I can never show my ass I mean my face in this class ever again. Lol!

After class, the lady next to me started a conversation with me about some random topic while rolling up our mats. It seemed like she didn’t hear anything at all. So yeah, that calmed me down a bit.

I know some people wont do yoga for that reason. I remembered my uncle’s friend who’s a yoga instructor told him that “it” does happen. Yoga poses can really make you escape winds. What do you think all that pushing, pulling and stretching is doing? Removing toxins by sweat, breath and yes, farting. LOL! I didn’t think it will be a big deal. I was confident it will not happen to me, until it happened to me!

I don’t know what possessed me to write about this topic on my blog. I hope you don’t judge me after this. It took a lot of guts and courage for me – to claim something so embarrassing. I just want to keep it real here on my blog. I don’t intend to just share only the good stuff though – how good I feel about myself after workouts, eating right,… etc. My life isn’t always happy and glamourous. I’m only human and like others I have bad embarrassing days too.

Yes, I’m still mortified when I think about it, then I saw this video on my Facebook feed – what a perfect timing! It’s too funny but this alleviated my anxiety a bit. It reminded me that “we’re all human, and that the ego is what creates embarrassment.”


Hahahaha!

So there you go! Your turn!

Spill: Has this ever happened to you? Do you have an embarrassing yoga/exercise story? What yoga poses make you “toot”? πŸ™‚

Don’t be afraid to share. We’re all friends here! ;-) I love yoga and I’m going back to class again this week! If you ever happen to be in the same class with me, don’t be afraid to place your mat near mine. πŸ™‚

NAMASTE! πŸ™‚

Xoxo, JOTR

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All About Thanksgiving! (Turkey Trot 10k Recap)

Hello everyone!

How was your Thanksgiving celebration?! I hope you had a blast as much as I did!

My husband and I just came back from Houston, Texas. We spent the Thanksgiving weekend with our family and friends over there. It was fun!

Since we were leaving for Houston, we decided to have an early feast the weekend before Thanksgiving Day to celebrate with our family in Indianapolis. After all, we didn’t want to miss my uncle’s baked turkey and stuffing. He makes them good…really good! πŸ™‚

Turkey already in the oven first thing in the morning.

YUM!

My aunts and I thought of doing a little workout before we indulged in our pre-Thanksgiving dinner. We attended a yoga class first thing in the morning.

After yoga, we started preparing food as soon as we got home. Everyone contributed and helped in the preparation. It was a pretty busy morning for us.

I made Ranch Deviled Eggs.

I also made Grilled Veggie Pasta which I featured in one of my Meatless Mondays’ recipe.

My aunt made Corn Casserole, and my husband made Apple Cranberry Chutney.

Everything looked soooo delicious! My cousin and I couldn’t wait to start eating.

We were definitely in a state of food coma that night after eating. We were so stuff!

Since my husband and I were not busy on Thanksgiving Day, we decided to make the most of it. We thought that we should at least make an effort to burn off calories before we feast again in Houston. πŸ˜› Thus we signed up for a local race in our town called Friends of the Wilmington Parks Turkey Trot. We signed up for the 10k.

I’ve never done a 10k race before. After my first 5k race, I jumped straight to half-marathon races. So this was my first ever 10k race!

For the 10k, we ran the 5k course twice. We crossed the finish line twice! πŸ™‚

My husband and I have tried running this same course before, so we knew what to expect already. This is usually our route whenever we do our runs in town. This course is hilly! πŸ™‚

And off we go!

It was a gorgeous morning for racing. It was sunny and cool (high 40s).

But I think I overdressed too warm. I wore thermal pants and two layers of long sleeves. I felt uncomfortably hot after a few minutes of running thus the look of my face here. LOL! πŸ˜›

I couldn’t remove my top layer because I pinned my bib over the front zipper. Oh well! I tried not to worry much about it. I focused on other things instead to divert my mind from thinking hot. LOL. I just enjoyed our town’s beautiful scenery!

As it always is with any race, the last mile was the hardest for me. I just had to keep reminding myself that I was almost there! I finished in 1:06! πŸ™‚

I am so happy my husband did this with me. It’s definitely something fun to do on Thanksgiving day. πŸ™‚ I felt great that morning!

Yay! I’m so proud of us!

After burning off some calories to start the day, we came home and ate turkey, chutney and mashed potato leftovers from our pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday night was our trip to Houston, but I didn’t let Black Friday just pass me by. My husband and I went to the Outlet Mall first thing Friday morning.

First store I went to was UnderArmour! I love the feeling of scoring great deals on workout clothes! πŸ™‚ There were a lot of people but it didn’t seem really crowded. It wasn’t hectic. There were a lot of free parking spaces. It was a really pleasant shopping experience.

And after shopping, we were off to Houston and celebrated some more!

Did everyone else enjoy their Thanksgiving week? Any fun stories to tell? Did anyone race? Did anyone score any stellar Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals? Please share!!! πŸ™‚