I have my elderly Dachshund on my lap. He misses me; I've been really busy lately.
Last week; on Thursday I did a double Yoga class; equating to 3 hours of Yoga. I loved it.
Class #1 was a Heidi class. Laurel was behind me in class. I did pretty well with that one. Class #2 flew by, and was taught by Laurel. It was awesome until at the very end my calf cramped up (not enough electrolytes). I ran out of Stamina Electrolyte packets at home the day I chose to do a double! But I was celebrating my studio's new carpet by treating myself to a double!!! (oh gods is the carpet slick now. My feet! Oh heavens! My inner thighs... oh gods...... there is no mercy.) I hope to improve in a week or so with triangle and separate leg stretching. I want my head on the floor again damnit!!!!!
LOL. The following day - Friday, I took an 8:30 class with Linda (love all of my teachers) and was struggling with any balance on the left side thanks to said calf charlie horse leftovers! (beyond 20 seconds). That's ok, I gave it my best shot and did show up!
Today I went for a 25 minute outdoor run.
Last Monday I had done a 20 minute treadmill run (after yoga class in the morning, and then a 60 minute cold yoga class). It was a triple work out day, but I must admit the cold yoga 60 min class seemed pretty low key compared to my usual. Except by the time I hit the lunges in said low key yoga class (non Bikram) my legs were screaming at me. (Keep in mind they held it longer and it was my... 5th and 6th lunge of the day????) I was dying. My hips were seizing and screaming. hahaha. I couldn't hold it the whole time haha!
Ohoh and they held some ab positions longer and that wasn't so bad. My abs are stronger than my legs. Really.
SOoooo today I had a blast in the sunshine running on Gilman. I did (to give the tendons kindness) 10 warmup, 10 run, 2 walk, 10 run, 2 walk, 5 run, then 25 minute cool down walk.
I rested for an hour with a shower and a few tiny snacks, (I wasn't hungry much today but I ate non stop between work out sessions) and then headed to the 4:30 class and got a BRENNA class. I miss Brenna!!! She is so nice. And so inspiring. She had moments to talk to me today and everything she said to me was deep and worth while. Life is suffering and once you accept that, then you can really begin to live. And what she said spoke to me. She had a story to tell me about her 97 year old grandpa, and whenever I talk to Brenna I feel like it is all going to be okay. And that I can believe in myself, and that I can do anything I put my mind to.
And damnit. I mean to! One day. Patience before all else.
So, after that I hurried home, showered, took a small snack, and headed out to Jon's party. Where meager gimp dancing (I really had to go easy because of my run + yoga class earlier in the day). Also standing lots at parties tends to be rough on the knees, but I found ways to relax and not put too much strain on the body. I got to visit with more special people and had fun with everyone.
HAPPY birthday one more time, Jon!!!
I was glad to celebrate his solar return.
I went home feeling good. Slightly bummed that Jim could not go (he really wanted to because he thinks Jon rocks, and he loves everyone!) lol.
So, tomorrow I'd like to go to Yoga, and maybe CT? But if I just go to class, that is fine. And Monday I want to take Jim to cold yoga with my mom.......
Last time cold yoga was me, my sister, and my mom. We put mom in the middle of us. Which is funny, because she's shorter than both of us, and well it was just fun. We dominated the front row. And there was one pose where our hands were right in front of mom's face because she was in the middle and the teacher had us move our mats in for the previous pose and ja. And it was then that I wondered if mom was acutely aware of what people she brought into the world? How must that feel to have 2 grown daughters like us? It must be something else. I can scarcely imagine.
I donno. It was a daughter mom daughter sandwich.
And it is then that I realize what a great family we have. I always know my family rocks, but really. We're all 3 pretty close and very energetically connected in a way I value.
And to be honest, I do a lot of yoga by myself. It was a different thing to do a class with 2 of my favorite women ever.
I feel like life is sort of throwing me a bone here, giving me an opportunity to see the things I just was too depressed to see for some of the later months in 2008.
I miss Jimbo, but we have Sunday/Monday to chill. Also do our taxes tomorrow. I hope I get lots of money back so I can put it into savings and maybe play with a tiny bit of it.
If I had random cash, what would I do?
Gods know I don't need more work out gear atm. I sort of went insane buying shorts and sports bras for Yoga... (I couldn't help it! I was sick of doing laundry constantly...)
That and I was tired of shorts that were clinging to my hips...
I feel prettier when I have looser shorts. Frankly and truly, hahaha.
Siiiigh. To run today outside, honestly sometimes I get out and I just want to cry it feels so good. It doesn't matter if it's for 10 minutes, or 20. And one day I will go 4 miles again. One day!!! One day I'll hike and trail run and I'll be fast. For now slow and steady and wanting to burst into joyous tears over 25 minutes outdoors and not cooped up on a treadmill...
The tendons improve slowly. The left one is doing great these days. The right one continues to follow the slow path but makes me understand that never again will I take things for granted that involve the knees!!!!
I was feeling so emotional today, and it wasn't until my Yoga class that I felt I could put it into a positive light. It wasn't negative - it was just a bit chaotic.
What can I say?
I am evolving.
Anywho. I can't wait to talk to my sweetie about the party and the fun I had.
And to all of you who remind me that I am grateful to have wonderful friends - thanks for reminding me that I am loved too. It lifts me up in a way that I cannot express. Thanks~!