Okay – so I’m going to sound like a bit of a broken record, here. But this week, I’m thankful for all my blends and their beautiful posts all week (especially Tuesday). It sounds crazy, but you all have given me the push I needed to cut back and be a bit more realistic with my running.
Before I start rambling, thanks to Jessie for hosting!
I think we can suffice it to say that I love running. I do it daily not because I feel like I have to, but because I want to. I feel better after running…I can de-stress and let my mind wander. That being said, I’m finally starting to realize that I don’t NEED to run every day to feel this way. I think I’m craving a break, or at least a different way to de-stress.
I’m running two half marathons early next year, and it’s just not going to happen if I keep running like a crazy person as I do right now. I think this is why I’ve been so happy I’ve found yoga. Yoga is no joke. You know those really zen people who drink green tea and never seem to get stressed out? It’s probably because they do yoga and/or meditate daily.
In yoga, I think about nothing other than yoga and listening to the instructor’s voice. Sometimes, yoga hurts for me (probably because I very rarely stretch after running) so I adjust the moves to what works for me. And that’s fine – one of the instructors always says “Yoga isn’t supposed to hurt.” I think that’s true for any type of exercise – it’s not supposed to hurt. When it is starting to hurt, don’t push yourself.
I wasn’t doing that. I’ve run through injuries a lot and been fine. I’m starting to realize that if I want to keep this running thing going and run marathons in the future, I’m really going to have to start listening more and giving myself rest when I need it. That’s hard for me, I have issues sitting still. I’m getting better, though. It helps that it’d be SUPER awkward if I got up in the middle of a yoga class because I got bored. I don’t see that happening soon though, so I think we’re good on that part.
I’ve decided to cut back mileage and focus on improving yoga. You only get better through practice, so that’s what I intend to do. I’ve also looked into CrossFit for when I’m at home. My legs and core are pretty strong, but the same can’t be said for my upper body.
Whew…that seems like a heavy post, huh? Sorry about that, but it really helps to get that out there. I love writing for exactly this reason. More importantly, I love everyone who’s been supporting me in running (even when they think I should cut back…mom’s always right, by the way) and all my blends who have opened up about their experiences.
If you have any other advice, feel free to share- I’d love to hear it.
Oh, and last night I went to a hot yoga class. It was awesome. I scarfed down this pizza and dipped it in hummus. I also had some roasted broccoli on the side.
Yesterday morning, I tested out Tina’s French Toast Breakfast scramble. It was so good. Minus the fact that it was slightly burned. I haven’t quite mastered the whole “leaving while something’s on the stove” thing.
I have NO classes today. Lucky, huh? They both got cancelled. That means I’ll be posted up at Starbucks and yoga-ing with a friend later. Duh. Hope everyone has a great Thursday! 🙂