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.
Phew! It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I guess I sorta fell out of blogging world after I finished my last race. Well, lots of new things have happened since June of this year…and here’s a brief recap:
1. Hubby deployed!
2. I turned 30!
3. I’m going back to university teaching in winter of 2014
Because of these big changes, I’ve also made new goals in response:
1. Going to train for my first marathon (haven’t decided which race, but it will be in the 4th quarter of the year 2014
2. Going to finish my gosh-darn dissertation by summer of 2014 because I can’t take the judgement that is being passed on me everyday by my committee everytime I speak to them.
3. I’m going to make this the most productive writing year thus far in my life!
So this is what’s going on…it’s late, and I just finished my Christmas shopping. Will update again soon about my work, my running, and everything else in the months that my husband is away from home (whoopeedoo, I get to be an adult and handle adult things 24/7!!) I apologize for the slight sarcasm here and there 🙂 Anyways, it’s back in the saddle for me, again!
Holy moly…the race is this week!!! I don’t feel ready at all!
So last week has been OK in training, although I never got around to the super long run I had planned on Sunday. So I’ll have to just go with a longer/longish one tomorrow and then rest/short runs for the rest of the week. Also, I’m going to drink lots and lots and lots of water.
Fitness-wise, I’ve been feeling OK but I don’t think I’ve been managing my diet as well as I should 😦 I’ve been having a really sweet tooth lately and it doesn’t help that the spouse is always requesting my (famous) key-lime pie now it’s summer. How much pie can two relatively fit adults eat? You don’t want to know! Sometimes, life and fitness can be so frustrating, especially if you fall short of your goals. Sigh.
So what else is going on? Oh yes, the spouse is leaving home for work again. It’s always the WORST right before he leaves. Like right now, he’s packing his gear and whatever else he needs and you can just feel stress radiating from him. The energy around home is tense because we are both dealing (in our own way) with his departure. I know I should have pressed on with my schedule, but I allowed myself to take today off from working out (except now I’m regretful because I could have really used it). Tomorrow is the big day; we already have plans for his drop off…and then he’ll be on his way for work and I’ll be able to settle into my “lonely lady” routine. OK, I’m not really lonely during those times when he’s away (I actually fare really well on my own – it’s a part of my charm) but I get to hit the gym at night…and I really love that.
Anyways, I think I fared OK (but definitely not my best) in my training so this week is my last chance to figure things out for the race on Sunday. I guess, race and whatnot, it’s all a part of life. Hopefully I’ll have a satisfactory race report next Monday for all of you!
Oh my gosh, I’m late…on this blog post and life in general (haha). Let me quickly send out this update before I have to run off to the gym and officially start my day. So remember the soreness I had to endure at the end of week 6 due to overexerting myself during the “fun” and “pretend” PT test? Well, that baby lasted the whole damn week! I can’t say that my lower abs have returned to normal because I do feel some strain during the “upward dog” in yoga. Anyhow, this last week really wasn’t my best effort in training and fitness. First, the soreness (and SUNBURN) made it just absolutely bleh to do any kind of work out for a couple of days (although I did take some walks, tried to stretch…etc). Second, it was a whirlwind kind of week, both physically and emotionally (let me elaborate about that in a later post).
Despite the break from yoga and not doing as much running as I should, I did manage to squeeze in some speed work. I had mentioned that I’ve been trying to crank up my speed at the end part of my runs…and so far I’ve really enjoyed doing that. I was only able to run twice last week but both I felt were solid training sessions. And the rest of the time, I was just trying to recover physically with light cardio and some stretching.
Honestly, I’m not too happy about how I did last week but I really have to accept that it is what it is. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who can run 4-5 miles everyday and keep up with it for weeks and months on that same regimented schedule. Ugh. A friend once told me that sometimes, we just can’t allow life to get in the way of training…but I really also believe that for an amateur like myself, it is all about balance. I run because I want to be healthy. I also enjoy running very much so it’s my hobby. In a strange way, because it’s so enjoyable for me, I don’t want to feel trapped by all the constraints that could come along with training for races – I just want to do what I feel! I want every moment that I’m either out on a trail or pounding the treadmill to be times that I enjoy in its totality. There are enough guilt and shame in our lives associate with being in a relationship (whether you’re a husband, wife, parent, girlfriend…etc) or in our jobs…I really don’t need my hobby to turn into something of a chore. As you can see, I am still trying to find that balance between how much do I make time for running and when do I just have to prioritize life and work. I may have to struggle with this one for a long while…but much like running, as long as you keep moving, you are getting somewhere.
Alrighty, more posts later this week about how life/work took over my last week but also some gorgeous photos from my short visit to the Rocky Mountains National Park!