When last we linked, I, the running yogi, made a couple of claims as to what I would work on over the following few weeks. They were heavy on the yoga and light on the running, as far as itemized "to do's". How did I do? Well...
Goal 1: Run, damn it. PASS. But barely. I've run more in December than I did in November, but that wasn't very hard to do, considering how little I ran last month. I also celebrated my runiversary, and clocked in about 508 miles in my first year of running.
Goal 2: Find and begin a new half marathon training program. PASS. Sort of. I'm sort of going rogue. If there's one thing I've learned about myself as a runner — who am I kidding? I knew nothing compared to what I know now — it's that I need flexibility. Once it feels like a chore or an obligation, I'm out. I don't need to run. I like to run. And I'll only keep doing it as long as that's true. So now that I've run one half marathon and know I can do it, I feel a little more free in my training system. So I found a training plan, adapted it to suit my schedule and how I like to run, and officially began training for the March Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon last Monday, December 22.
|Headstand used to terrify me. I could spend days in it now. The power of practice.|
I'm still working on pose dedicated to the sage koundinya II (that's a mouthful), but haven't hit it quite yet. Ditto for flying pigeon and side crow.
Goals 4-6 focused on my yoga practice. I have successfully added to my practice, throwing an additional 40+ minute flow into the evenings at least once a week, on top of my daily morning 20-minute-max practice. It's made such a huge difference in how my body feels, just day-to-day, and it's noticeable when I go too long without a good practice. (Like right now. The holiday and not working have thrown my schedule totally out of whack, and I'm feeling it from head to toe!)
|I've been asked what I do once I get upside down, since I've mentioned I hold headstand for a few minutes a day. I do this. Throw shapes with my legs and try to hold balance — the best and least boring core workout there is|
Moving forward, my only goal is to... move forward. This past week has been really difficult for me in terms of running. Pains appearing as if from nowhere (though, now I'm sure I've realized it's partially due to my slacking practice) plus windy weather (which feels like running through marshmallows) plus a lack of discipline has all added up to runs I really need redemption from. So that's my primary next goal. Train for RnR. Feel better. Get better. Be faster. Put in the work. And ramp up the confidence to share my race goal for the March half marathon here on the next Training for Tuesday.