Fridays always seem to trick me – I think I have more time than other days and then I just don’t, I wind up rushing around and then realize it’s almost dinner time and I haven’t yet blogged or emptied the dishwasher. Oops on that, I hope I learn.
I have no exciting yoga selfies for you, I think the whole yoga selfie posing thing burnt me out and was even causing me to overstretch. Because the self timer has limits, I was trying to get into poses way too quickly and not “mindfully” or with care the way I naturally would, and then coming out of them too quickly as well.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about stretching this week. I’ve always been an “over-stretcher” where stretching is concerned, I mean does that surprise you at all? When I was 12 I pulled my left hamstring pretty badly by going down into a split when I had no business doing that, and I made it worse by not stopping, either in that moment or in the weeks to come.
I wound up having to stop all activities for probably a month (it’s hard to remember) but that was only at the point where I was limping and couldn’t physically pull it together. Now that I actually write it down, it’s sounding really similar to my big running injury in 2013! I guess you could say I’m prone to ignoring pain.
I also pulled my lower back in gymnastics at age 13 doing a front handspring on the vault. It was in the middle of a class and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone that I was in EXCRUCIATING pain, so managed to again hold it together for a while. At least that time I remember refusing to backbend for a few weeks, but, seriously, what the heck is wrong with me?! My only defense is that my mom told me she did the same thing when she was a cheerleader – pulled a hamstring and told no one. As if that sort of behavior is woven into our DNA threads somewhere. Who knows. I’m realizing now that my my left hamstring and lower back are weak points in my body even now, leftover from those injuries that are 20 years old.
Anyway, what I’m saying I guess is that I don’t want to do anything stupid like hurting myself doing yoga, so I’ve been focusing on stretching more mindfully and not pushing the stretch too far. I’ve always wondered how other people approach stretching, where they consider the “limit” to be. I know I tend to want to push limits in all areas, I do not want that to happen with yoga, that is SO not the point!
Here’s what went down this week –
Tuesday – 7 miles, hilly route in the early morning.
At 10:30 am I tried out Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners on Do Yoga With Me. Not sure Ashtanga is for me, or that I’m even ready for it. Then again it might have been the instructor, I found her a tad irritating and I’m not sure why! While this is an intro to Ashtanga, the class was similar to a long intermediate. The video length takes into account 10 minutes of Savasana.
Wednesday – 6 miles, easy in the early morning.
At 11am I did Yoga for Surfers (because, of course.) I really picked it based on the length and out of curiosity, and I would consider it beginner-intermediate level, and there’s a lot of alignment instruction.
Thursday – 5 miles easy in the early morning.
At 11am I decided to try another beginner Ashtanga class, this Ashtanga Yoga One Hour Intro Class with Lesley Fightmaster. For some reason, maybe because I knew exactly what to expect after Tuesday, or maybe because of Lesley, I enjoyed this a lot more. Maybe it was my mood on that day, but I liked knowing exactly what’s going to happen. I’ll give it another try, for sure.
Friday – Mentally I was feeling tired of running since this was the 4th day in a row, but since I have to do my long run Sunday, I decided to get in a 5 mile easy run in the early morning.
At 11am, I did a very slow and gentle practice, Yoga for Strength and Focus. It definitely worked the legs a bit with holding lunges, but overall much more gentle than what I’ve been doing.
Saturday – No running, planning for an hour of yoga in the morning.
Sunday – Long run day, although I’m not sure if it will actually be “long.” I’m thinking 9 or 10 miles, and not a step more! On long run days I usually do a quick “yoga for runners” stretching routine and call it a day.
What’s coming up – Next Saturday I’m running a 10k! I have NOT been running fast or “training” for a 10k (or anything, besides life I suppose) so I don’t know what my time will look like, and I don’t care. It will be fun to get a short race in, and I’m just hoping for good weather!
How were your workouts this week?
Do you tend to over-stretch or under-stretch? How do you know your stretch-limit?