Wow, it’s been awhile. I’m so thrilled you’re here! That was a much longer break than I anticipated, but much much needed. There was a time when I was so focused on blogging that it started to get in the way of my life and I needed to shift around my priorities. Now, coming back, I hope I can find a good balance.
The last five months were…whew…a doozy. In January, when I left off here, I was finishing up a 6-month long yoga teacher training course as I was starting my new full-time job. I squeezed in my runs/workouts before work by waking up at 5AM (SO much coffee!!). Working out in the morning made for a much more pleasant workday, but it also wore me the hell out.
Running in the freezing cold half asleep meant my mileage (and strength training) took a bit of a nosedive. Speaking of running, let’s talk about…
I didn’t run a marathon in 2013, which I really regretted. I ran even more than when I was marathon training the year before, so I coulda woulda shoulda. At the beginning of this year, I set out to register for a fall marathon.
Well? I got lucky and got a spot in the Chicago Marathon via the random draw lottery. Fingers crossed, I’ll be toeing the start line on 10/12/14. I didn’t get into the NYC Marathon lottery just a couple weeks before that, so I was definitely squealing and galloping around work when I received the email saying I got a spot.
I just started officially “training.” I use quotation marks because I’m deep in this I-know-I’ve-run-a-marathon-but-I-really-don’t-know-if-I-can-do-this mindset. There is some serious doubt up in this brain. I alternate between “I can’t do this” and “%$&#” while I run.
I was running 7-10 miles on nearly every run this time last year. I rarely stopped to walk and my pace was so much faster. I had to restrict myself from running more. Now, I feel like I’m craaaaawling and more than happy to stop after 5 miles (and every mile before that). I know my mind is the only thing holding me back. I really want to run the marathon (and not have to defer my entry to next year) and I know it’s just a matter of snapping out of this terribly negative mindset.
I want to document my training this time around, so the plan is to check in here about that. Maybe once a week or so? Probably after my long runs because I’m always inspired to write afterwards.
During the tail end of yoga teacher training and the first few months after graduating I really didn’t practice much yoga at all. Sounds backwards, I know, but I was just too exhausted from work. I finally made a commitment to practicing 1-2x/week and then back up to 3-4x/week. I started to restrengthen my yoga muscles so I wasn’t always OMGsore after practice…just slightly sore.
I also finally started really pursuing finding teaching opportunities. After auditioning, I landed two positions at two different gyms (one is a kids class!). I know I never blogged about my YTT experience like I had anticipated, but I hope to backtrack someday. Better late than never, right?
More about teaching my very first class later! Soon. And about how much the yoga community has helped me…and somuchtowriiiiite!
What else? Oh I turned 26! I celebrated with a bubbling (!!) cocktail, sushi and enough appetizers to feed a small country. Like tempura calamari, crispy fried shrimp, and bacon potato skins. I knew two servers there and they hooked us up!
I’m really optimistic about blogging with some sort of regularity. I really do miss you all! Talk to you soon. xoxo