I think it’s safe to say I’m taking some time off from training. I’m still running but the days become less as the weeks go on. And I’m ok with it! It feels nice to take a break from the daily grind, chasing goals, and giving my mind and body some rest. My longest break from structured training was nearly four years, after I had graduated from college. Oddly enough, I started back up when I went back to grad school in 2009.
I’m not sure how long this break will be but I can say there will be a post about taking time off soon. And in the meantime, running has been different but still good.
Monday: 90 minute yoga class and an easy 3 mile run. I went to the Hudson Spiritual Life Society’s classes a few years ago when I was going through a rough time emotionally. I remember the classes being different than a typical yoga studio class. The teacher spent more time assisting and even incorporated some Thai Yoga Massage techniques. The pace and poses are prefect for challenging my body in a different way. I will be back!
Tuesday: 4.1 miles, mostly on trails with James.
Wednesday: 1 hour hike/jog and Jasyoga calf reset.
Thursday: 30 minute swim. I attempted to start working on a flip turn but just trying to flip in the water. Um, wow. My tension and anxiety surely runs deep! I couldn’t even get my head to move toward my legs without freaking out. This coming week, I’m going to try this noodle trick. It looks like it’s step 1 of 5. Baby steps for sure! Jasyoga shoulder reset after.
Friday: Did some biking/jogging with James during his workout. Also did a Jasyoga hamstring reset.
Saturday: 3.3 mile trail run and Jasyoga balance series. I’m really digging the Jasyoga if you couldn’t tell! The simplified, sport-specific approach is a great way to learn yoga basics that can applied to all areas of life.
Sunday: 6 miles easy on the bike path, focusing on driving from the hips. Speaking of applying Jasyoga, I realized one good way to practice running from the hips (and not the lower body) is to imagine the legs on a wheel (or in bicycle position lying down) and being sure to lift from the hips first. It’s hard to explain but that little tweak went a long way. I tend to think changes and movements need to be big when really a tweak could be as simple as a slight movement. I did the Jasyoga 9 minute core video in the evening and it explains the importance of small movements. We’re talking millimeter adjustments!
Total: 16.4 miles running, 1 hour hiking, 30 minutes swimming.