Sunday Sweats 62: YTT Week 15 + Half Marathon Training Week 2
Monday: studio yoga class (75 minutes)
Kelly's class was so grounding and heart-opening today—exactly what I need right now. And bonus: As I was wrapping up the desk and getting ready to leave Kelly offered me the 12:00 p.m. class to sub, so I got to teach after I practiced too.
Tuesday: 3.01 mile run (9:11 pace) + studio yoga class x2 (150 minutes)
Took my lowest miles of the week at as easy a pace I could comfortably could (meaning, without boring myself to death) for a few reasons: a) I'm getting real damn tired of running into wind so heavy it rips my earbuds out and b) I knew I was doubling down tonight at the studio and didn't want dead legs—because Donna likes to hold her warriors and lunges until we're shaking. But wind aside, it was a beautiful day, nearly 50º—I would've been in short sleeves if it weren't so blustery—and I needed to get out under the clear blue sky and feel something life-affirming today.
I was so glad I decided to stay for the late class tonight after Donna's. In a rare twist, Kelly came to take the class, along with the very special Mara, who gave us our Ayurveda workshop and who I love getting to know as a regular at the studio. Kelly again invited me to practice beside her, which always adds a layer—we end up breathing in tandem and it just feels really nice to practice beside my mentor. On my other side was a YTT classmate, and across the room was ANOTHER YTT classmate who—exciting!—is teaching her first class in the morning. I feel so surrounded by love and lightness (cheeseball alert, I know) in that studio, and tonight it just multiplied. The perfect close to a less than great day.
Wednesday: restorative yoga (20 minutes)
In both of yesterday's practices I felt my body calling for heart openers and extreme postures, so I took all of my backbends from cobra to full wheel VERY deep and as long as possible. So, yeah, I'm feeling that today. Was also feeling heavy in the legs from yesterday so today called for active rest. I picked this video by Erin (who's technically my boss now, which is weird and awesome because this linked video series is how I found her in the first place!) for the twists and the fully reclined poses so I could basically just lay down and keep my eyes closed the whole time.
Thursday: studio yoga class (75 minutes) + 4.02 mile run (9:09 pace)
Kelly's this morning. She brought us to hollow back against the wall (a handstand or arm balance where you press your butt to the wall and hollow out your back while facing away from the wall) and I was in love. After I nailed that one I took it to a scorpion against the wall because this week has been all about the back bending for me, and these balances were the perfect way to close out the build-up. I was feeling a little dead in the legs still, so I took a long savasana in legs up the wall hoping that would help me feel better going for my run this afternoon.
Had a good run. Almost even splits for the first 3 miles (9:13, 9:12, 9:15) until the last (8:55) where I had a downhill, sprinted back up a baby hill, and left it all out on the pavement. Had some frustrations and feelings to run through today.
I did the unthinkable and rested today. I thought about taking Nicole's evening class, but I was so drained. I was actually in bed around 11. Yikes.
Saturday: yoga workshopping (45 minutes)
Oh man, today got away from me. Everything ended up taking longer than I expected (Bad Yogi weekly Skype meeting, workshopping with my YTT buddy, existing) so my options for the run quickly slipped away before I had to get ready for a date with Michael, Dani and Jenn! I did meet up with my YTT classmate to workshop her last teaching demo, which was a good bit of practice!
Sunday: yoga practice and workshopping (120 minutes)
My last three YTT classmates taught their 30 minute themed classes today—and that's it and that's all! After that, the weekday group met us at the studio and we planned our Karma Class, which we all teach together this coming Friday—our graduation night and the official last day of YTT. Too many emotions. Also, so much yoga and workshopping today.
I didn't get home till 6. Famished. So sore, splitting headache. Last thing in the world I wanted to do was skip my run, but the last thing I could manage today was running. I'm NOT going to make this a habit throughout training for my next half, but today was not the day to try and do it all. Sometimes you just know, you know?
Running: 7.03 miles
Yoga: 485 minutes
YTT Week 15 Reflections:
That's it. This is the end. On the one hand, it'll be so freeing to have my Sunday afternoons back, and I can't wait to have some of my YTT classmates free to come and take my class too! But I will miss this standing date we've had. I know I will see all these ladies—in their classes, in my own, around the studio and in our already-planned dinner dates—but I already miss this experience. This amazing, incredible, unexpected journey full of beautiful minds, warm and tender souls, heart-felt sharing. These girls are my teachers as much as Kelly, Donna, Erin, Ro, and everyone else I've learned from along the way. I don't even have words for how much love I have for this group, and these past 15 weeks.
But I'll borrow someone else's. My classmate and new colleague shared this poem today, in honor of a posture we all love so much, tree pose:
Advice from a tree
Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!