Wow, look what happened this afternoon!
I ran. Don’t get too excited though…it was only two miles. It was a beautiful fall day and I couldn’t resist the urge to get outside and run. The bonus was that my friend Sarah joined me so the run was more about chatting than pounding the pavement. We took a walk break at mile two and decided just to walk the last mile to the car so we could continue catching up.
Given this news, I thought that today might be a good time to discuss the whole “runner” part of this blog that’s been missing for quite a while now. You’ll remember my Born To Run post a few months ago where I lamented about my struggles with injuries and how much my body resists running. Last summer I found myself dealing with injuries again and just decided to back off of running for a while.
The heartache of announcing my plans to run races and then winding up injured became too much to take. I decided to skip fall race season and do things that feel good to my body. Thus the reason why I have been living in the yoga studio and focusing on strength training and new and different fitness challenges.
It has been somewhat difficult to miss out on fall half and full marathons. I did run a couple of 5 and 10Ks to calm the racing bug and have enjoyed reading all of my friends race recaps and cheering them on. But honestly..I don’t miss how my body feels while marathon training. I am in a really good place right now. My body feels amazing. I have no pain in my hamstrings. I feel better physically than I have in years.
Where does that leave me? I’m definitely not giving up on running but as of now, one or two short runs a week are working just fine for me. I’m also thrilled with the benefit it’s giving my yoga practice. I’m feeling so open and getting into postures that I have been working on for years. Pretty cool.
Do you have ebbs and flows with running (or your sport of choice)? Does it stress you out or do you go with how you feel?
Post-run snack was plain Greek yogurt with pumpkin butter, crushed ginger snaps, dried cranberries and sunflower seed butter. Fall-themed and very tasty!
I’ve been settled into the couch working on blog posts with a cup of Yogi Green Tea Kombucha. Today’s tea tag: “Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.”
Off to teach yoga! It’s vinyasa + vino night!
***I updated Bakin’ and Eggs with the recipe for the Mozzarella and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf. Make it! It’s so good!***