Marathon Training Updates and Aurorae Yoga Giveaway

  Aug 19, 2016  |  #Fitness

Hi there,

Happy Friday, and congratulations on getting through the week! Stick around till the end as I have an awesome giveaway for you guys!

MARATHON TRAINING UPDATES

The last few weeks have actually been pretty good, which is encouraging as I type that. I’ve tried to do my runs in the morning to escape the heat, although in Vancouver, we were running in the afternoon, which is my preference. There was no humidity and it was so glorious to run in 60/70 degree weather with new, exciting scenery all around.

Yikes, my form below is not good.

Vancouver Seawall

I didn’t quite get my scheduled running miles in while on Vancouver, but I more than covered them when taking walking and hiking into consideration, so I’m not too worried on that front. The hikes we did had me sore for days, so it would have been difficult to bust out my long runs anyway.

Grouse Mountain

After this weekend’s long run, I’ll have 46 miles for the week. I do feel like I’m ramping up more slowly than other marathon training plans, but I’m okay with it. My number one goal is to finish, and I have a goal A time, a goal B time, and a goal C time, which I’ll share as we get closer to the race.

I’m looking forward to running on trails this weekend.

running trail

I’m also focusing more on speed, and I hope it’ll start to make a difference. I’ve been a little disappointed in my pace, as I’ve mentioned before, though I know a lot has to do with the heat! But I enjoy the challenge of intervals and fartleks, so it feels good to have them back in my life.

AURORAE YOGA

With all of the pounding of running, I’m not doing as great a job foam rolling as I should, but I am very adamant about stretching and yoga. Yoga is the perfect complement to running because it helps stretch and strengthen my muscles, build my core and quiet my mind. When I’m nearing a burn out period (just getting over one), I find that going back to yoga is what helps me get back to my goals and mindset. When traveling in Vancouver, I even justified spending way too much Canadian money on a drop in hot yoga class to help alleviate some of my muscle soreness.

Aurorae Yoga reached out to me earlier this summer about trying some of their products. I did some quick research on the company and found a bunch of yoga apparel and products that were eco-friendly, which I stand behind.

Aurorae mats

Aurorae’s Story

I appreciate family owned companies. Dennis Ingui, the founder, has such a fascinating story. He started the company in 2009 after developing a deep passion for yoga as a way to develop inner peace. He used yoga to help build his body and mind after being diagnosed with cancer.

Another great thing about Aurorae is that they treat all of their supporters as family. The last 3 letters of the company, “RAE,” are even taken from Dennis’ mother’s name. Aurorae has even sent boxes of yoga mats to children in Guatemala, as well as other inner city communities, cancer patients, disaster relief communities, and veterans. You can read more about the story here.

Aurorae sent me a yoga mat towel, some sandles, and a sling backpack to test out. I made it a point to go to yoga the next day to try them out!

yoga mat towel

The non-slip towel is 5 mm thick, so it’s not paper thin like others. Since it’s made of microfibers, it provides comfort and stability that is meant to protect your joints and muscles.

Additionally, it dries faster due to a higher absorbency rate. It is perfect for those hot yoga classes, which are my favoriteeee!

But, the best part of all was the fact that it is SO COMFORTABLE. I had a hard time standing back up after Shavasana.

I am also in love with the flip flops. The flip flops are made from yoga mat materials, so not only are they comfortable, but they are eco-friendly.  The extra cushioning and padding they provide make them the perfect supportive surface for before and after yoga. Or, just walking around the house in. When my feet are sore, I love walking in these.

Aurorae Yoga Sandals Aurorae Yoga Sandals

I also got to test out the sling yoga backpack. The backpack can be used for anything – it’s very versatile!  It would be perfect for those of you who can walk to a yoga studio, because you wouldn’t have to carry anything! You can keep a change of clothes in there, roll your yoga mat up in it, pack your water bottle and even listen to music.

AWKWARD POSE…

..So you can see the cool bag strap holder and the nifty water bottle holder.

Aurorae Yoga bag, , yoga giveaway

 

I love the headphone jac it has, so you don’t have to carry your iphone in your hand. Good thinking!

Aurorae Yoga, yoga giveaway

 

AND NOW, A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY

And because you guys are awesome, Aurorae Yoga would like to offer one lucky reader (US residents only; sorry Canadian friends) a free pair of flip flops and a swim towel. You can enter below – I’ll pick a winner next week. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’ve run a marathon, what plan did you follow? Did you amp up mileage quickly?

 

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83 responses to “Marathon Training Updates and Aurorae Yoga Giveaway

  1. Sounds like you were super active while in Vancouver, and I find hiking and walking can be great cross-training! 46 miles sounds like plenty to me! Haha. I followed a Marathon Training Academy plan for my first marathon and this time, it’s been a combination of that and also what my marathon clinic lays out. I am definitely a bit more flexible this time around!

  2. running on concrete definitely hurts for me after a while! Glad your running on some dirt trails soon that might provide more cushion. I love that yoga towel! Definitely a great design!

  3. I love my mat, but I need a good towel. The teeny golf-type don’t work for so many classes that use heat now!!

  4. I really like my yoga wheel. It helps me practice good form and get into poses I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

  5. Obviously a yoga mat is a must have but I love yoga blocks! I recently started using those because I just started getting back into yoga and I’m not very flexible (again!). I think the blocks really help me improve faster.

  6. I love my yoga mat, it is great for getting practice in at home and for more comfortable foam rolling post-run.

  7. That looks like such a gorgeous place to go running! <3

    Aurorae sounds like such an awesome company! <3 That's awesome that the bag has a headphone jack! 😛 Yay for awesome design!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :]

  8. I’ve just started using my yoga strap which has been GREAT since i’ve recently gotten back into running and my hamstrings are super tight!! I Love your marathon updates, hopefully one day I will run one too-sticking with training for a 5k for now 😉

  9. I wouldn’t worry about the pace when it’s hot out – at least I’m trying not to! Slowly ramping up the miles in marathon training is the best way to go. I could use some comfy new flip-flops – hope I win!

  10. My favorite yoga accessories are my yoga mat (the most comfortable one I’ve owned in years!) and my favorite pair of comfy yoga pants!

  11. Ramping up for a marathon slowly sounds like a great plan Sarah, and wow 46 miles? I have never run 46 miles in a week and the runners whose bodies can handle over 40+ miles are so amazing to me because my body just starts to break down at around 30 miles… O_O

    Wow, trails make running go by so much faster, and it looks like you have some beautiful trails planned out. 🙂

    I’m all about comfy flip-flops. 🙂

  12. I use my hot yoga towel a lot. Even when I’m not doing yoga, after a run or bike ride. I also have a favorite water bottle I use only for yoga.

  13. Awesome work! Those trails look beautiful! My favorite yoga accessory is my yoga mat!????????????☀️

  14. Such an awesome yoga swag! I loveee @auroraeyoga ❤️Would be amazing to win! Thanks for the chance! Great post!

  15. My favorite accessory is definitely the mat! I couldn’t do yoga without it. Straps are also super useful for getting deeper stretches.

  16. Vancouver looked sooo nice! I did very low mileage (compared to others) during marathon training and ramped up slowly because I was injury prone. Balancing the training with yoga is truly the best idea. I definitely love the story behind Aurorae and have been looking into a mat towel recently because I slip so much!

  17. Yoga pants! It’s hard to find them that are not too long for my short frame, but they are the one item of clothing I wear until they fall apart!

  18. Love the yoga towel! I need one of those. I’m kind of bummed I’m not doing a marathon this fall. I miss the feeling of accomplishment I used to get last summer after a long run. I think I peaked around 60 miles last year which honestly was a bit much for me.

  19. I LOVE my yoga strap! I used to look at props and think I never needed them but they honestly make you a better yogi! I get deeper into postures I never imagined I would get into!

  20. Fave yoga accessory is non-riding up yoga pants!!! They cant be too tight or too loose, either. Otherwise, all I think about in yoga is how uncomfortable I am! Never tried aurorae products, but they seem awesome!

  21. I cannot go to class with out some cork blocks.. I’ve been having wrist trouble lately and am also working on correct postures in class so the cork blocks give me the extra height so I can take some pressure off my wrists and work on my alignment else where. They have been a saving grace, without them I’d probably have to hold off on practicing for a while.

  22. I’ve only run one marathon and my plan was 6 months, so I had a lot of time to ramp up! I use my yoga mat but I don’t really do yoga. I use my mat to put on the floor so I don’t kill my back when doing exercises haha

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