Random Thoughts

I’m not sure where the following two thoughts fit on this blog but it is remotely related to my journey of fitness and health so I think I’m going to write them down.

1. My SIL called me yesterday and we caught up on each other’s life. She told me about her new found love affair with vegetables and drinking water. I’m happy that she is looking to become more healthy! She is one of those naturally tall and fit-looking girls that I had never realized that for a while, the doctors had told her that she’s pre-diabetic. She also revealed to me that it was recently did she realize that how much her upbringing affected her relationship with food. For example, before last year, she had never purchased fresh green beans before from the produce section before. Since her mom had always given them vegetables from a can, she didn’t know how to use fresh vegetables in her meal. It made me realize that parents can have a tremendous effect on how their kids see food and what they choose to eat. I’ve always cooked with my mom before I moved out on my own and by the time I left home, I already had a couple years of experience handling food and is somewhat knowledgeable about healthy eating.

2. I went to yoga today. And in the middle of my Sun A, I looked out the large floor to ceiling window of the studio and saw a homeless man also doing yoga. He was mimicking our movements in the little courtyard outside of the studio. Suddenly I thought how incredibly privileged I am to wear my stretchy yoga clothes while enjoying the beautiful and heated studio. But it also reminded me what yoga was really about – outside of our workout gear, nice mats, and fancy studio, the most important part is our dialogue made out of movements and connections. Everyone and anyone can do yoga. I’m pretty sure the gods of yoga are happy to draw every practicing yogi into his/her embrace.

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Where did time go??!

How did I come to the 21st of Jan?? Wow, this year has been going by really fast. Ok, let’s recap a little. Last week was a painful one for me and I mean this literally. So on Monday (I think), I decided to go running in the morning but I didn’t really think about the time and ended up taking a route near the local highschool right before first bell. Needless to say, the traffic was absolutely nuts and while I tried to avoid being hit by cars, I didn’t look at where I was going and tripped very badly on the uneven pavement. It wasn’t pretty since I managed to take the skin off my left knee and allowed my phone to break my fall (ugh). And then I went home for the weekend…suffered from a bad bout of Ethiopian food, dehydration while I was on the Incline (see this explanation), and banged up my OTHER knee (no skin lost though) in the process. So, that definitely wasn’t the best week for me. But here’s what I learned from it:

1. Running without music can also be kind of nice. Since I had smashed my phone, I thought it would be a good idea to go without it for a short while. At one point last week, I took the usual ocean-side trail but sans headphones. I never knew how many sounds of nature I could enjoy! It was amazing to hear the ocean crashing, the call of seagulls, and the rustle of little creatures scurrying through the low vegetation on the bluffs. I might try to run without my phone more often when I’m on this trail. It was actually very relaxing.

2. When you fall, you get up and keep going. Believe it or not, I’ve never fallen while running before. I think the initial shock (and embarrassment) was more acute than the pain on my knee and other parts of me. I can still see the bruise, even a week later, but the swelling has gone down. It was very uncomfortable wearing pants last week though. But despite it all, I realized that I didn’t want to stop running…in fact, it made me want to run more; it made me want to go on my favorite trail and smell the salty sea air.

In other news, I signed up for a half that’s happening in three weeks!! Yeeep!! A friend and I have been talking about running together and we finally made plans! I know it’s kind of crazy and little unexpected (so once again, I’ll most likely be undertrained) but I’ve been working out pretty regularly again since mid-December so I think I could become prepared by the time the race rolls around. We shall see though. I care more about the journey anyways 🙂

Adjustments

One of the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in the past couple years of my life is the art of being “flexible.” This was a winning trait to have, especially if one is married to a military man 🙂 Now I also have to be flexible in my road to fitness in 2014. After a couple days back at work, I’ve realized that my schedule makes it REALLY difficult to accomodate the workout schedule I had originally envisioned for myself. This doesn’t mean that I won’t workout but that I should reconfigure the schedule. I’m still keepng with the yoga and running (yin & yang) theme but just with a different schedule. Here’s what’s new:

Mon: 6am Yoga

Tues: REST

Wed: 6am Yoga; Run

Thurs: Run

Fri: 6am Yoga; Run

Sat: Run

Sun: Run

Since my goal is to train for a marathon, running 5 times a week is important. I might consider adding a yoga day on the weekends after I’ve mastered this schedule. As you can probably tell, my week is loaded in the beginning of the week – Tuesday is especially hectic :/ I love the idea of the 6am yoga (and I love the energy of the class I went to this week) so that’s what I’m going to stick to.

Will this schedule change again? Maybe. But at least, it’s currently tailored a little better to what my week looks like for the next 3 months or so and I’ll have a better chance of succeeding in my fitness plan! Alright, back to work.

It’s a new year!

This will have to be a short post because there’s lots going on. But I’m happy to report that I’m making decent progress in my training. I’ve been able to run 4-5 times a week in the last two weeks with an additional of 1-2 days of yoga. Now that I’m back at school, I’ll need a period to readjust but I’m hoping to hang on to a similar schedule.

I was able to go to yoga today (at a new studio) and it felt great. It’s always harder to get started but once you get going, it gets more habitual (easier) and much easier to stick to a workout regimen.

Here’s an example of my progress from before the new year:

12/23/2013 3.2 miles
12/24/2013 3.1 miles and yoga
12/26/2013 3.1 miles
12/27/2013 4.2 miles
12/28/2013 the Incline!!!
12/29/2013 x