1) On Tuesday night I went to yoga for the first time since the beginning of this month. My muscles adapted pretty quickly, which may or may not have had to do with the 90* temperature in the room. The routine followed traditional Bikram (with Alex’s twists), hitting around 22 of the 26 poses.
I rolled up my crops to avoid them pull on scabs; I drank my entire water bottle to battle the sweat; I had my intention pop into my head without a second thought:
If you missed it, I took a little spill on the bike last Friday. I haven’t really settled down since, and it’s healing just fine. But runs, walks & hikes are one thing – stretching, bending and holding poses is completely different. On that night, I needed to remember to take it easy on these joints. LISTEN to what they’re saying.
There were only a few times where my knee really questioned how I thought certain things were going to work out, but we made it through! I didn’t need a block, and I wasn’t counting down the seconds until we laid in savasana.
2) At our lululemon run club last night, I stuck with a “newbie” runner (her words, not mine) for all three miles. We ran around 9:45 –10-minute miles, and I kept the conversation flowing to distract her (I also tried to hush the Garmin – no one needs beeping mile reminders when they’re tired).
Once we reached mile two, and a slight incline in the route (how rude, 7th avenue), I told her it was totally okay if we needed to take a quick walk break. She said “No, I don’t want to quit.”
There is the attitude we all need, right? Keep going; it hurts, you’re tired, but it’s not the end of your ability. Run on…
We finished the 3 miles and I have her a big ol’ High-Five, smile and “you’re awesome” chat. She finished, without stopping, and there was that runner’s high.
3) This morning, I found myself wishing I had that drive (see above), struggling to roll out of bed and actually just GO.
Then I got outside, started running, and that’s I needed.
As I got closer to home, and could feel the energy running through those legs, I didn’t want to stop. Instead, I added an extra loop and focused my mind on running for one hour. Something simple, but something I haven’t done in weeks.
I hit it on the dot (Garmin skills!), and couldn’t have been happier:
Easy pace, negative splits, and the longest run since June 4th – DONE.
When was the last time you took a step back to let your body go easy, stretch, or enjoy the workout? It’ll work wonders, trust me.
P.S. the Giveaway lasts until tonight!