Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bikram & Tempo

So yesterday I did the Bikram and it was awesome. It was only the second time I have ever done it, and I must say the second time around was much better. The first time was in August and while I didn't hate it, it wasn't something I was really considering adding to my regular routine. I got a wild hair and decided to do it again, and I am so happy I did. I think I liked the instructor more. She made me feel more welcome I guess plus her direction was great. I also have a confession - I LOVED staring at my glistening body in the mirror. The dim lighting combined with my sweaty skin. HOT! Especially when I was in some of those poses my muscles just popped out and I looked ripped. You think I'm kidding, but I'm serious as hell. Alot of you guys mentioned you do Bikram often and I can see why. I was pretty sore all day. I think I might add it to my forte. Oh yeah, plus I got a $10 discount for being a full-time student. Hells yeah. Instead of paying 18, I only had to pay 10. That's a pretty steep discount. They probably figure most students are only in town for a week or a couple of months in the summer. Ha! So to summarize my Bikram experience:
  • I am hot
  • It's cheap
  • Great cleansing workout

I was supposed to do a little tempo run yesterday too, but I just didn't have it in me after I got home from school. I decided to postpone until today. Just like my strides the other day, this was my first tempo run post ITB injury. WooHoo.

This is what was scheduled:

  • 15 min warm-up
  • 15 min @ 15k pace (9:22)

This is what I actually did:

  • 15 min warm-up @ 10:17 (168bmp)
  • 15 min @ 8:52 (175)

Ooops. a little too fast, but I felt good.

Weigh-in: Not good. I gained 1.5 lbs. How did this happen? I wonder if I am destined to weight under 134? I am only 2 weeks out from being done with this ITB Rehab running schedule and then I can actually start training for real. I wanted to be as close to 130 as possible by then. If it happens, it happens, but I am fine with where I am at now. I do really feel like I can't do much more. My eating habits are great and I workout all week long. It is what it is.

Later peeps


aron said...

great job on the bikram and the speeeedy tempo run!

don't worry too much about the #s, no matter how many miles i run there is a number i just cant get below :( i just try not to pay attention to it and pay more attention to how i feel and how clothes fit etc... plus its the muscle right :)

the gazelle said...

I love, love, love Bikram & am sad that I can't afford it right now. Can't wait for the architect to have a job again so I can go back to my studio! It's awesome to watch yourself in the mirror, isn't it!

Hi! I'm Erin said...

Whooo! I'm the same way about watching myself in the mirror. Call me vain, but I love see my muscles stand out. Too bad the room where I do Pilates doesn't really have a good mirror. Boo!

My tempo runs always end up being too speedy, too. Guess we're just secret speed demons!

Chic Runner said...

Nice job on the tempo run and an amazing bikram sesh! :) I need to just get out there and do it again and stop being a baby about it. I totally second aron too. I cannot get below a number if I starved myself for 10 days.

Niki said...

Great tempo run!! Wish I was that fast! I might have to try Bikram sometime, sounds fun! I always fluctuate between 130-135 and am really going to start working to get below 130! It's tough though! I feel your pain:)

Alisa said...

I was all gung-ho about Bikram but then I just kinda got "over it."

Nice that you got a discount!

I agree with Aron, don't worry about the number so much. I am running more than I ever have in my life and I'm not at my skinniest.

You're working hard and recovering from injury. Instead of thinking about the number think about how strong you are!

Missy said...

Oh bless the scale! I go with the pants, are they tight or not? I have to do it or I freak OUT.

HOT Yoga, hearing about it makes me want to barf kinda.

Kristen said...

Speedy tempo run! Good job!!

Just reading your post made we want to go to Bikram. Yeah for the discount too. That is nice.

joyRuN said...

Great job blowing your tempo pace right outta the water!

I've never tried Bikram, & wouldn't even know a place nearby that does it. Sounds good though.

Amy said...

I think the instructor makes all the difference in the world. Seriously. So glad you liked your second experience.

Doesn't the hubby come home today?

Anonymous said...

i must try bikram!!! nice job on the speedy tempo run as well!

i have given up on weighing myself because I can't imagine eating less or working out more...you're hot and you know it! that's all that matters :)

X-Country2 said...

I've heard great things about bikram, and I wish it was more available where I live.

Chloe said...

Congrats on the bikram! I'm sooo jealous! I wish I had a studio close to me!

Don't stress about your weight - and I totally agree with Aron. I don't even own a scale, it's all about how a feel and how my clothes fit :)

Thanks for the positive comments on my blog! New Orleans is going to be a blast!!

Anonymous said...

I really want to try Bikram. Did you do yoga before or is Bikram your first try?

Maybe your body is just happy at this weight. If you're eating well and exercising, it's all good. :)

Sarah said...

I'm always so curious when people have a goal weight. . . how tall are you??