A Makeover

It’s been a bit quiet here on Live Run Love Yoga and if you’ve been checking in for the last year or so you know this isn’t anything new. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the future of this blog. Many a times I’ve comes this close to writing a farewell post and saying goodbye but something held me back. After a lot of thought I decided that my blog needed a new look and direction. A fresh start if you will.

The old LiveRunLoveYoga felt like it represented my 25-year-old self, which is perfect because that’s how old I was when I created this blog. It was paisley, colorful, and solely focused on running and yoga. At almost 29 years old I don’t love paisley nearly as much, appreciate the simplicity in patterns and design, and have much more to focus on than just running and yoga. I also love the color coral, it just feels right.

Numerous people have asked me about my blog in the past year, and I always find myself saying that there is only so much you can say about yoga, and only so many posts you can write about your runs. I guess the reality is that those two things aren’t much of a focus for me anymore, they are just part of my life.  I don’t teach yoga regularly and to be honest I don’t practice regularly either. Actually, I haven’t practiced yoga since early March. I do run regularly but only 2 to 3 times a week and only about 3 or 4 miles. I don’t have any races planned at the moment and that’s OK with me. I love running and yoga but my life has so much more than just those things.

Life Interests

So what have I been focusing on beyond running and yoga? To start, being a happy wife. I’ve been soaking up every moment of being a newlywed. I’ve been building  a home with Michael. We’ve painted almost every room in our house, bought new furniture, and decorated each room. I’ve learned that I love DIY and you can do so much with a can of spray paint. We’ve spent hours ripping up ivy in our backyard, planting new flower beds, and reclaiming our yard from the encroaching woods. I’ve been spending time in the kitchen baking, and am semi-obsessed with layer cakes. They are just so fun to bake! I’ve fallen in love with reading again and have been devouring books left and right. I’ve been spending time with my family and friends. Our calendar has never been so full of plans with our friends, and I absolutely love it.  I’ve been focusing on my job, working hard each and everyday to build a successful marketing program.

I love who I’ve become in the 3 years since I started this blog and I’m pretty sure my 25-year-old self would too. I’m excited to share all of my interests here on the blog- DIY, baking, good books, highlights from our travels, and more. You’ll still find plenty of posts about running and yoga (as soon as I get back on the mat) too. I hope you’ll come back and learn more about all the things that make me “me”!

What would you like to see on the new Live Run Love Yoga?

Favorite Winter Workout

It always seems like the holidays are a good distraction to the fact that winter has arrived. There is something wonderful about bundling up in your favorite winter scarf and hat and heading out for a holiday stroll. A white Christmas seems magical and no one seems to mind the snow. But then the holidays pass and we settle in for the long, cold winter.

Michael and I have talked a bit about our desire to get moving more this winter. When we first met we were incredibly active as a couple. Our date nights usually involved a run followed by dinner and we frequently found our way to the yoga studio on the weekends. Then we moved in together, got engaged and planned our wedding. We had much less time to work out and our priorities shifted a bit. But 2015 has arrived, we’re newlyweds and we have more time on our hands. We’ve both agreed that we need to get running more and back into the yoga studio. Lucky for me, these are two of my favorite winter workouts.

I love running in the winter. I feel like we spend so much time curled up inside with the heat on. The cold air, the crunch of the snow under my feet and the sweat under all my layers gets me excited. I love heading out and tackling 3 or 4 miles. I usually take it slow in the winter with my runs and pay extra attention to my footing and the pavement in front of me. I’m always on the lookout for ice! After my runs I head inside and keep the workout going. I try to mix up my post run routine as much as possible and pull exercises from the yoga and barre studios for inspiration. I’ll often mix in some legwork like squats or lunges, followed by arm work. These days I like to use 3lb. weights and do a few of my favorite barre sequences. I follow it up with a solid 5 minutes of abs to strengthen my core. I try to keep myself moving for another 15-20 minutes after my run and always try to keep my heart rate up! I conclude with lots of stretching, and some foam rolling if I need it.

Running

On days when the temperature barely breaks 10 degrees and it’s just too cold and too blustery to head out for a run I love to opt for the yoga studio (and barre too!). Yoga is also my go-to workout when I’m snowed in and need a good sweat. I crank the heat, light a candle, and turn on my playlist and flow. It’s amazing and one of my favorite things to do when I’m snowed in! I start with child’s pose, move through cat and cow, start moving with sun salutations, move through triangle, pyramid and revolved triangle (one of my all time favorite sequences), head into half-moon, standing splits, move through some balance poses, and then head down to the mat for pigeon, janushirasana, back bends and savasana. I always vary my practice to give my body what it needs. Sometimes that is more twisting, other times it is lots of movement and occasionally it is just a nice gentle flow.

Yoga

Michael and I will definitely be doing these and other variations throughout the winter to stay warm. We’re also looking forward to cross-country skiing together, which is one of my favorite all time activities!

A special thanks to Target® C9 for sponsoring this post through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. I was compensated for my time but all opinions are my own.

What is your favorite winter workout?