Sunshine of Your Love: July 2019

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I have to admit I didn’t realize what song this was from the title, but when I clicked on the link, yup, I knew it. Who here hasn’t done an early morning run in the sunshine — maybe a bit too much sunshine?

I’m with you my love
The light’s shinin’ through on you
Yes, I’m with you my love
It’s the morning and just we two

July held a race, lots of fun stuff off the road, and yes, plenty of sunshine and early morning runs.

Annual Fourth of July race tradition

Getting in scheduled runs
Slowly beginning to think about running goals for later in 2019, but still nothing big on the horizon, so still maintaining my base with occasional hills and speed work. You’ll notice there are no tempos!

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I’ve been pretty good with recording runs. I like having that to look back at! Those Thursday night trail runs — they keep me up until almost my bedtime! Most of them are at least a half hour drive from my home, some further. Sometimes I just gotta go to sleep not long after I get back home, so yeah, I get to those when I get to those.

Grade Earned: A-

Dynamic Warmup
I’ve been a bit better at getting out there earlier, but it’s still not always easy. It’s not the greatest idea to just run, even in the warm summer, but hey, I’m as human as the next gal. Sometimes that’s exactly what happens.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I’m still in “love” (see what I did there?) with foam rolling. Well, love might be a strong word. Any time I skip it, I feel it, and that’s what keeps me rolling.

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition was decent in July, with occasional treats (yup, I still consider sushi a treat!)

 

Nutrition
As I mentioned last month, I took a break from actively trying to lose weight to simply maintain where I am. I am definitely maintaining. That isn’t a bad thing.

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? I had plans to make an appointment, I truly did, but July ended up with a few unexpected expenses. Hopefully it will work into the budget in August.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? I do every other month unless something’s wrong, so there was no need in July.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I think I tipped over on that one — it’s time!

Grade Earned: B+

Bruise on shoulder courtesy of my fall on the trails, but that was about the only thing hurt. Lots of Yoga, naturally.

 

Cross Training
Yoga (for obvious reasons) and strength training are going pretty strong. Pilates has been harder to fit in. At the beginning of the month I realized that strength training had been a bit lacking, so I’ve been doing a lot of Pahla Bower’s shorter workouts on Youtube here, with one or two of the slightly longer ones. The body feels pretty good in general.

Grade Earned: A+

Yup, this was after the fall — still smiling (mainly because I was out of the woods and away from the darn bugs!)

 

July 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. 1 race. More fun with friends. A concert. Short hike. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

July Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little less often, but the foot still feels pretty good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Nailed this in July.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Y. I maintained at 6 miles for my long runs, with one 7 miler. Pretty good in a hot, humid summer (most of the time).
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Y. Obviously YTT requires some Yoga practice.
    • Foam roll almost daily. Y. Towards the end of the month it actually did get to daily; I bought a deal from Lauren Roxburgh (her Website is here, but you can find some free videos on Youtube) which includes 3 foam rolling routines that are only 10 minutes or less. They’re quite different so I’ve been doing them daily — in addition to my usual pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. It definitely feels freeing to not be tracking what I put in my mouth, and so far I’m still maintaining my weight without tracking. Always a work in progress.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y/N. It’s been harder with the classes/videos I have to watch, the live calls, working on my practicum (already!). Does thinking about what I’ll eat in the coming week count? Well, I guess it does. I know that I’ll get back to it.
    • Annual Fourth of July race. Y. Indeed, and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. My feet have been doing pretty good. Sometimes I only do my PT exercises a couple of times a week. As long as my feet aren’t bothering me it’s working for me.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. You may not have noticed, but I’ve actually begun to strength train more frequently — but often for just a little bit. I shoot for two longer sessions (about 30 min) 2 times a week, and short (often just 10 min) about 3 times a week. I like the results I’m getting from that. I might bail on a busy day if I’m looking at 30 minutes or more, but you can always squeeze in 10 minutes.
    • Keep long runs about 6-7 miles. I could be ready for a half in a month with my base, but the reality would be I’d prefer a couple of months to feel well trained and safe.
    • Lots of yoga & studying. I have my written test and my practicum for my YTT in September. I’ve learned a lot, but I haven’t been able to actually study as much as I’d like to because just the course itself is so time consuming!
    • Foam roll almost daily. Continue using my Lauren Roxburgh foam rolling and regular pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I had planned another short detox this month, or as I prefer to call it, a reset. I decided to push that off until September. I’ve been maintaining my weight at a good place (which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to lose a few pounds, but then most of us would).
    • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I at least have a plan in my mind, but having written down is much more helpful.
    • Trail race at the end of the month. Depends on the weather.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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OMG (#allthegnats): 7/29- 8/4 WRD

I finally came clean about what’s been keeping me so busy this summer in my runfession, which you can read here if you missed it. Thankfully this week I was able to get out of my neighborhood some and run with friends! But the bugs. Forget Oh My God, Oh My Gnats this week!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing Summer activities.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  3 miles easy, PB Abs & Balance (10 min), Yoga (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, TM Speedwork, PB Toning (25 min), Yoga (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes), PB Abs (15 min)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, 3.5 mile trail run
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min), PB Abs (10 min)
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD, PB ST (20 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Rest day!

Mileage: 16.5 (+.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

It was so nice & shady. And so disgustingly buggy.

Monday
Car at least temporarily fixed, I got out relatively early to beat the heat and went to the other park. The trail was much shadier than at the park with the lake I run at a lot — but I was reminded why I don’t run here in summer. The gnats and flies (thankfully not biting flies) were insane. The run was just nice and easy, but I really didn’t want to stop for my normal walk breaks the bugs were so bad.

Tuesday
Early morning dog walk on a hot day meant speed work on the treadmill later in the morning due to excessive heat. I changed things up with a sort of ladder workout, recovery always 200m, then fast for 200m, 400m, 800m, and back down. Because I haven’t gone beyond 400m fast recently. It went well, and I think I could actually go a little faster for most of those intervals.

Such a gorgeous view!

Thursday
I wasn’t able to join the group at the trail run last time it was at this park, but this time I could and persuaded Mr. Judy to come along — just so he could enjoy the park and walk the dogs. They love going different places!

Apparently my gaiters are magic, because again the trails were surprisingly not too muddy — there were a few parts that had some mud, but it wasn’t across the whole path. About halfway through we came out to a great overlook. The majority of the trail was through the woods, though, and the bugs were relentless.

I did fall towards the end, but somehow managed to actually roll onto my shoulder like you’re supposed to. That’s never happened before. No lasting damage at all. My friends went out for dinner afterwards, but an 8:30 dinner is just far too late for me.

I forgot my sunglasses for once

Saturday
Just me and two running friends for this very humid, very warm run. They stayed with me until one friend turned around (she was running less miles), and then I was on my own. Which meant I could pick up the pace a little.

One odd thing: I’m still slightly paying attention to heart rate on easy runs. I have my Garmin set to show me distance, average pace, and heart rate. For some reason the average pace when I was on my own was a minute slower than what the actual pace for the mile was. I don’t remember that happening before. Very odd (and would be very annoying in a race).

OTOH, I didn’t think I was running as slowly as the watch said I was, and apparently I wasn’t — but it was accurate for the first three miles.

Poke: a go-to for hot days

Favorites of the week
Have you ever had Poke? It’s raw tuna and some veggies in a marinade — sort of like ceviche, except a different type of marinade. It’s one of my go-tos for really hot days. Doesn’t require an oven. We both like it. You just need a reliable source for raw tuna.

Although I’ve walked around that park we ran at this week and done one trail race there in the past, I’d never been to the overlook pictured above. It was almost worth the bugs.

Enjoying Chester’s Rock

We were out and about with the dogs today, and we stopped at the park, and I had Mr. Judy take this photo of me and Lola at what I think of as Chester’s Rock. It’s where he took a photo of me and Chester just a few months before he died. Everyone loves that photo, and it is a good one, but for me it still brings up painful memories three years later.

Yup, there’s a treat in that hand

Bandit tends to be camera shy. He really doesn’t like looking at a camera. But sure does like his treats.

Have you noticed the bugs multiplying recently?

Would you run a really buggy path if it was shady on a hot day, or suffer with the heat?

What’s your go-to meal for hot days?  

Playing with those intervals: Spilling over tea/coffee August 2019

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Ten years into running and I’m still experimenting with the best way to run for me. It’s one of the things I like about running — there’s always more to learn, and different things work for different bodies (the same could be said about yoga).

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — in 2019 I’ve been experimenting with ditching my run/walk intervals (although I do take a short walk break every mile to drink some water). So how’s that going for me?

It’s all Nuun, all the time in the summer (although this was Savannah, GA in February)

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that I enjoy hot beverages even on hot days. Indoors, of course, in the AC. If I were outside it would definitely be a cool drink after a hot run — with some Nuun (Nuun Ambassador)in it, so I don’t cramp up.

Look ma, no walking!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I didn’t set out to ditch intervals this year. It just happened organically. After being sick so much in the spring, I just felt that I needed to work on endurance. So far it seems to be working for me and in general, I’ve noticed that most of my runs have been faster than I was running last year at this time.

I’m sure some of that is due to reduced running in general (remember, I was training for an 18 mile race then, not so conducive to increasing speed). I also suspect when I train for a half, I’ll probably use intervals. Only time will tell.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that at first it was hard to get used to no intervals! I’d been using them about 3 years. A mile seemed like a very long way. I found myself thinking man this mile is taking forever. I think I have mostly gotten used to it, though.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you should read my post on Tuesday here, because I thought the answers I got were really fascinating (and please tell me about your own journey!). It’s about your purpose in life, and many bloggers shared their purpose and their path to it.

Never forget — your purpose in life isn’t necessarily the same thing as your job.

She’s getting older . . . and quirkier . . .

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you sometimes girls just want their mamas. One night this week we were having some thunderstorms. Typically I send Lola down to Mr. Judy at night, as otherwise she tends to want to get out of the bedroom when I go to sleep (letting in light, which means I have to get up and shut the door again).

After a few weeks of that dance earlier in the year I just made sure she always went down to Mr. Judy so I could go to sleep uninterrupted. Mind you, for about 13 years she went to sleep — usually before me — and just stayed put until morning.

This particular night she was in the bedroom as usual, and Mr. Judy took her down with him. Shortly afterwards she came back up and hopped back on the bed. Mr. Judy again took her back downstairs, but she came back up again; I hadn’t yet gone to sleep. I could sense she was going to stay this time, so I left her there — and yup, she never went back downstairs.

The next night she was back to being downstairs with Mr. Judy as usual. Actually, she did come back up at one point, but she never came into the bedroom. Sometimes only mom is good enough. 🙂

Do you like to just run or play around with the way you run?

Favorite ways to hydrate after a hot run?

As your furkids age, did/do they develop new, odd habits? 

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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Why am I here?

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Or finding what I want to be when I grow up. I often tell people that I’m a sort of jack of all trades, master of none sort of person. I’ve dabbled in a lot hobbies, some coming and going regularly, so for just a very short time, others for the long haul.

I’ve spent time working in print shops, as a cashier, running my own graphic design business — which mostly involved writing about graphic design and running a busy online forum as an About.com Guide, as a WW leader, blogging about running (and cats, way back in the day), and now am hoping to add yoga teacher to that resume.

I told Mr. Judy at some point during this training that I feel as though every step of my strange and twisting journey has brought me to this point in time. Being a WW leader, working in a print shop, and even as a cashier put me in positions to train other people.

Blogging and being an About.com Guide helped me to understand the ins and outs (to some degree) of the online world. Being a graphic designer is a creative job, but running my own business made me familiar with what it’s like to run a business out of your own home — something I might end up doing as a yoga teacher.

Pardon this mostly off topic post, although I do touch on running briefly.

Everyone needs a purpose
I believe that. Whether you’re young or old, you’re here for a reason. That reason may change as you change. Just chillin’ and enjoying the fruits of your labor seems like the ultimate goal, and you know I’m all over rest and recovery, but ultimately we need to feel that what we do matters. That our life matters.

I think a lot of people, as they age, begin to question why they are here. Whether or not it truly matters. We get lost in being the support of everyone but ourselves; maybe our career feels stale and unsatisfying; often we turn to instant gratification to make ourselves feel better — often leading to weight gain.

At some point we realize that a change is necessary. I think that’s why there are so many “adult onset athletes” — and I am one of them! Exercise is so important as we age, for our bodies, for our mental health, and to help us feel connected to something greater than ourselves.

Running is something we do, though, it’s not our purpose in life. Even if you’re a running coach; it’s still something you do, not who you are — it says nothing about how you touch other people’s lives (usually), or how you use your gifts (we all have them), how you take care of the people in your life, or how you make a difference in this world.

Remember that, find your purpose, and if for some reason running is taken out of your life, you may be sad, but it won’t define you or be the worst thing that ever happens to you.

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Well, I can always teach yoga to Bandit . . . or maybe he can teach me; he does a good down dog!

Have I found what I want to be when I grow up?
Only time will tell. I loved having my own graphic design business when I started, but by the end, I was so ready to let it go. It’s taken me a long time to find the next chapter in my life. I may or may not love teaching yoga. I have definitely poured my heart and soul into learning more (and trying to retain what I’ve learned, and let’s just say that’s a definite struggle!), but I know that we are always meant to grow and learn in this life and for all I know this is just another stepping stone in my journey to my ultimate purpose.

There are other things I considered training in. Things I may still add in some day. For now I felt that yoga is a way I could possibly make a difference in this world.

Let’s all meet up for a coffee date on Friday (virtual) and then next Tuesday I’ll be wrapping up July.

Have you found your dream job?

Have you dreamed about doing something else?

What do you think is your purpose?

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Neighborhood Watch: 7/22-28 WRD

I finally came clean about what’s been keeping me so busy this summer in my runfession, which you can read here if you missed it. There was running, there was yoga, there was family, and there was car drama (but not too bad, we think).

For one reason or another all my runs were in my neighborhood this week. Definitely not planned that way. Also three days in a row, which I don’t normally do, but just running short and easy runs for the most part makes that a little easier.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing Summer activities.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, PB Abs & Balance (30 min)
  • Tuesday: 3 easy miles, Pilates (60 min)
  • Wednesday: 3 easy miles, Yoga (60 min), PB Abs (10 min)
  • Thursday: 3 TM Speed work, Yin Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Arms (10 min) Studio Yoga (90 min)
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD, Yoga (25 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (90 min)

Mileage: 16 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

2 feet off the round!

Tuesday
I considered running on Monday, but aside from the fact it poured the vast majority of the day, I knew I needed a rest day so I took it. It took a while for the rain to finally turn off this morning, but the reward was a cool morning and a nice easy run in my neighborhood with some rolling hills.

Boat Pose. Gotta relax that neck & move it back in line with my spine!

Wednesday
Another glorious morning. Sunnier, but still low humidity and in the 60s (plus I got out earlier). Slightly slower than yesterday, but yesterday I was running after 2 days of rest, and I always find a little more oomph after a couple of days of rest.

I got out earlier so I could get to a restorative yoga class afterwards (seriously, I could have run to it, but then I would have been disgustingly sweaty). It was a small class today and I swear the teacher created it just for me; there was lots of lovely hip opening poses and it was just perfect!

Recovering with salmon & my one of my favorites: peanut avocado roll

Thursday
The running friends were trail running again, but my brother and nephew were in town. We were meeting them for lunch, and I needed to just get it done.

Dressed up to go out to lunch. The shorties do not come with the Skirt Sports dress, but they were really comfortable underneath and gave me pockets (they are from Skirt Sports, too)

It was a really lovely morning to run outside, but it’s quicker for me to run on the treadmill in those circumstances. Back to 6 x 400m/200m upping the pace just a smidge. I like running fast . . . for short intervals.

Saturday
I was fueled, I got dressed, I got into my car, and the car emitted this enormous rattle. I thought it sounded like it was coming from the muffler. Mr. Judy wasn’t sure, and he was going somewhere that morning too.

Going down, down, still going down . . .

Didn’t really want to risk my car dying on the side of the road somewhere, so I texted my friends, and I ran down the road. Literally. It was quite the hill workout. I picked a number to try to keep my heart rate under, so even though were was one really slow mile on the way back, as I stopped to walk anytime my HR went over that number — hills down, which of course mean hills back — the overall pace was good.

What goes down must come up — just at the base over several steep hills

I had planned 7 miles, but thought I might just drop down to 6. Despite more heat coming in this weekend, it was actually a pretty nice morning to run, and those first 3.5 miles flew by. The second half was obviously more challenging, but I did find I was less tired by keeping my HR in check. Although later that afternoon I was really tired.

It was challenging but actually felt really good

Favorites of the week
I went to a free community yoga class Friday night (right before the car trouble), at a studio I haven’t been to before. It’s where one of the teachers I take classes with did her teacher training. Definitely very different. I got there really early, since I’d never been there before; that was a good thing, because we somehow packed 50 people into that room!

Always nice to see my brother and his family (he lives on the West coast). It’s his last big college crawl with his youngest.

Bet you want some ice cream now, right?

After we parted ways with my brother, we headed over to an ice cream stand so I could try some Only 8 Frozen Yogurt. My WW leader and others in my meeting rave about this stuff. It was pretty good; not sure I’d go out of my way to get it again, but since we were near by I just had to find out what all the fuss was about — plus this week’s flavor was Chocolate Peanut Butter, which I’m always down for.

Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? I actually usually go for a cup of ice cream.

Do you do any heart rate training?

What was the highlight of your week?  Tell us  about it!

Finally Coming Clean: Runfessions July 2019

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I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and at the end of this post I have what might be a surprising runfession to a lot of my readers.

I runfess . . .
I actually brought an insulated backpack to Firecracker 4 (which I left in the car, as they don’t allow that sort of thing into the building where you do packet pick up).

In that backpack was my PackIt bag (has built in gel packs — it’s genius for keeping things cold — you can buy one at my Amazon Affiliate link here). In my PackIt was:

  • My small water bottle (didn’t have to drink warm water on the run)
  • My cooling towel (they dry out wicked fast when it’s hot out!)
  • My Sqoosh (terrycloth wristlet to wipe off sweat)
  • A ziploc of ice, so I could keep everything cold while waiting for the race to start

People may have made fun of me, but they also enjoyed helping themselves to some of that ice to cool down before the race.

I runfess . . .
One of my favorite tricks to keep water cold on hot runs is to put my half filled water bottle in the freezer the night before. Then you just fill up with water the morning of, and voila! Cold water.

Except I kept forgetting to do that. So now as soon as I use one, I half fill another bottle and stick it in the freezer so at least I have one bottle of cold water waiting for me.

I do give the swimsuit two thumbs up (even while wishing the back came up a bit higher on the bottom)

I swimfess . . .
I bought one of Skirt Sports new swimsuits months ago when they were running a sale on swimwear. Little did I know the pool I swum at regularly had already closed. So there it sat, dry, mocking me.

I finally got the chance to wear it at our party/bookclub meeting last weekend. I do wish the back was not quite so low cut and the leg openings were higher up, but other than that, it was really comfortable and I would definitely recommend it — you can buy it here. You can use code SSA490Jud for 15% off most non sale items.

I runfess . . .
You’ve heard me say it a million times recently: I’m not training for any big goal race. There are several reasons for that, most of which I can’t go into on the blog presently. However, that leads me to my last and final runfession — I decided to tackle a big, hairy goal I’ve had for a long time. Something that scares me and motivates me. I signed up for it over this summer because I knew I had the time, and even though I knew it would be time consuming, it’s consumed far more of my time than I expected. It’s my last runfession for July below.

When you’re motivated and excited about something, it’s not hard to get up early and stay up late to pursue your dreams.

Didn’t want to share this photo until I shared what I’m up to

I runfess . . .
I’ve been keeping a big secret from y’all. Some readers have noted an increase in my yoga practice on this blog. In February I signed up to do my 200hr Yoga Teaching Training (or YTT as it’s known). It’s something I’ve thought about for literally years, but there was something that nudged me to finally pull the trigger.

I am roughly 2/3 through the program (which is online), and sometimes I feel as though my head will explode with all the new information I’m learning. Am I the best yogi? No, not really. There are poses I can’t do. There are poses I can. There are poses I do really well, and others I don’t do so well. Let me share a little secret with you: yoga isn’t about being the best; it is about being your best you. And not just in your yoga asana practice.

Aspiring to teach yoga does not at all mean I do it perfectly; and that isn’t the true aim of yoga anyway

I hope that I pass and can find a teaching job — it’s both nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. Much like this blog and my running, I want to show people that you don’t have to be the best at something to reap its benefits. That you don’t have to have the body of a goddess to do yoga.

I haven’t completely decided if I will fold yoga into this current blog (probably) or start a new blog. Don’t be surprised if you see more yoga cropping up into my IG (follow me here) or here on the blog.

Any big secrets you need to spill? 

What would you do if you no longer needed to work?

Ever bring some ice to a hot race?

What do you have to runfess from July? Come join us

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I am also linking up with:

Flexibly Mentally Gearing Up

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We choose all the right gear for our runs: the right clothes, the right shoes, the right fuel, the right music, etc. Sometimes we have to gear up mentally, too. While we always need to be in the right mind set to have a good run, it becomes more difficult when life throws you a curveball. Even the little curveballs.

How often have you sweated the small stuff? How often did it matter?

Prepping
I usually run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday . . . unless I don’t. That schedule works for me because it allows for one or two harder runs (tempos, speed work) with rest between them, a long run, and one easy/recovery run.

I had every intention of running yesterday. I knew I might get home late due to Sunday’s concert, but it ended up being even later than I thought (half hour break between each of three artists!).

I woke up just a little later than normal, but went to bed much later than normal, even though we left before the concert ended. Could I run? Of course I could. Did I want to? Nope. Especially knowing I’d be up later Monday night too.

On top of that, the rain that was forecast to come in midday started while I was out walking the dogs around 7:30 am. That sealed the deal for me.

Folding Up
I am a person who likes prior notice when something hard or painful needs to be done. I remember back in college, I had a very deep, very painful plantar’s wart on the ball of my foot. When I finally got to a podiatrist, they were ready to do laser surgery on the spot . . . only I wasn’t mentally ready. I came back a week later.

My run Monday? I can run in the rain. I have done so many times. In summer it can actually feel quite nice. I just wasn’t mentally prepared for rain that morning, and wouldn’t have dressed for it either, since I wasn’t expecting it. The truth is I really needed a rest day, so I took it, but I know if the day had been dry, I would have at least entertained the idea of running.

It will be harder to juggle running the rest of the week between a few appointments and a visit from my brother and nephew.

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Training Mental Flexibility
The first step is to recognize where you’re inflexible. Maybe you can’t relax until your kitchen is completely tidy — if so, please feel free to come to my house and tidy up mine, because I guarantee you it’s rarely tidy. Maybe you can’t go to sleep if there are clothes on the floor. Maybe you won’t run in certain weather or at certain temperatures.

The second stop is to let go of your inflexibility — maybe just one or two days a week. Go walk with the family even though there are dishes in the sink. Run in the rain. Leave your husband’s dirty socks wherever they are.

The third step is to notice how that felt. Did it really make you anxious? Were you able to do something fun you’ve been putting off doing, or spend more time with your friends and family? Did you really feel more stressed — or did you actually feel as though a weight was lifted from your shoulders? Did you melt in the rain?

Be brutally honest with yourself. You may tell yourself that you really can’t do _____ until ________ is done, and it might be true — or it might be something that was just ingrained in you as you were growing up, and you never stopped to question it or notice if it was really making you calmer or adding yet more stress to your already stressful life.

The more you practice anything, the better you get at it.

Do you consider yourself to be a mentally flexible person?

Have you ever even thought about the need to train mental flexibility?

What are your tips for maintaining a mentally flexible attitude?

 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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