Who else is THRILLED that it is Friday?
This week felt unbearably long. I was up at before 5:00 AM 4 out of the 5 days this work week (for various but important reasons: yoga, work meetings, physical therapy) so I am very ready for the weekend.
I know my blogging has been lacking lately so let’s catch up.
>>I want to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me with kind words before, during, and after my race. It is pretty awesome to have people in my life that are supportive and uplifting. It’s been about 2 weeks since the race and I have had some more time to reflect on my performance and emotions. I still think it is all right that I feel disappointed that my race didn’t quite go as I had hoped or expected but I have moved on and I am enjoying the physical (and emotional) break from training. I am going to use the (lack of) performance as inspiration to work harder and get faster (and stronger) this spring and summer and hope to train and race a solid half marathon this fall.
>> I ran twice last week after my half (3 easy miles each time) and once this past week (speedwork, 4x400m). I had some knee pain. I went to physical therapy this morning and was told that my knee pain is most likely from unaligned hips, tight ITB and piriformis, and weak glutes. I will be going to PT twice a week for now and doing daily hip strengthening exercises as well as daily foam rolling.
>>It was a slow process and took many weeks but my boobs have officially deflated (womp womp). They are now a floppier version of my pre-pregnancy A cup. So. freaking. sad. As you all know, I was very sad when Jennie weaned herself (and I still am) but I will admit that life is easier these days! A few days ago she finished up the stash of frozen breast milk and she is now drinking whole (or almond or soy) milk. Another fun fact, as soon as she stopped nursing we got rid of her bottles too! Even though she has had at least 3 bottles a day at daycare since she was 12 weeks old, she never seemed to be too attached to them. She learned to use a straw rather quickly so we switched to sippy cups full-time!
>>I am currently reviewing a jogging stroller (Chicco Tre, I received it in exchange for the review). So far there are things I love (the canopy and the storage) and things that I don’t love (sort of wobbly at faster paces) but I have only used it a couple of times so there is more work to be done!
>>I joined another Instagram yoga challenge that focuses on inversions and I freaking love it. Headstands and handstands are really hard for me (considering I was a gymnast for many years, it is hard for me to accept that my skills are gone) so this challenge is fun and helpful! My big fat yoga goal is to be able to lift into a handstand instead of kick and that requires so much core strength (that I don’t have yet)!
>>I bought a Groupon for a pack of classes to a local hot yoga studio ($27 for 10 classes, amazing) and I am REALLY loving the studio and instructors. I have been trying to go at least twice each week (once for vinyasa and once for power yoga). I will definitely buy a package after I finish these classes.
>>Can we talk about my all-time favorite yoga pose, savasana (or corpse pose)? I am pretty sure that every class I have ever taken ends with this pose. Zero physical skills are required. You literally just lie on your back. It is the mind that needs to do the work. You are supposed to melt into the ground and let your body soak up the work you just did. You are supposed to surrender all psychological effort. Inhale, exhale, repeat. Sounds simple right?
Wrong. I HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME DOING THESE THINGS! My mind is not quiet. It actually races. Prime example and real life thoughts during savasana on Tuesday AM:
Wow it is hot in here. I wonder what Jennie is doing? I wonder if she is napping right now and lying on her back too. I really love Jennie. I am going to dedicate my practice to her (again). What does that even mean? I haven’t seen my sister Shelley in a while. I really miss her. I think she is in Mexico. I want to go to Mexico. I want a margarita. What day is it? I want to open my eyes. Should I open my eyes? I wonder if anyone else wants to open their eyes? Wow, it feels like it has been an hour. Did everyone else leave the room? Should I open my eyes and check? I didn’t hear the door open or close. Why wouldn’t anyone tell me class is over? ….opens eyes…. Phew everyone is still here. Crap, my nose is itchy but I can’t move my hands. They are so heavy. I must be doing something right. I’m meltingggggg. I love this instructor. I love that he played Michael Jackson on volume LOUD. I really want Chipotle for lunch. I hate that Fizz tells people I do the “Chipotle Challenge” and eat it 3x a day. Everyone always believes him. He’s funny I guess. I want to wear my wedding dress again. I love this pose.
>>Finally, when did Miss Lily become such a big girl?
Who else has a wild mind during savasana?
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! I am going to a yoga class on Saturday AM and I am celebrating Mother’s Day by doing something I love: running a 5k, going to brunch, and drinking a bloody mary.