2016 Final Push

Well hello there.

My good intentions of keeping this blog relatively updated (1-2 posts a week) has fallen by the wayside, and for no good reason, I might add. Well, maybe that isn’t true. I haven’t felt terribly inspired to write. I’ve been reading voraciously – news, blogs, fiction – looking for the highest quality that I can find, but I have not been inspired to write. Which is interesting, because usually that does the trick.

So, anyway, sometimes you have to fake it til you make it, so here goes.

I’ve been thinking a lot these last few weeks about self care. After feeling pretty strong for a few weeks, my hip (piriformis, sciatic nerve, right glute, what-have-you) flared up again after what I thought was a strong 6 mile run a couple of weeks ago. I took the following week off from running, and since then have only been running twice a week at about 3-4 miles a pop. I don’t have any races scheduled until next Spring, and given how the weather has been already, it’s a good time to take a breather from running long and get healthy.

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From the Syracuse Half  last spring – yes, spring – right before running 13.1 miles in a blizzard. Not my favorite running conditions!

One of the ways I am doing that? Yoga.

Here’s the thing: I really don’t much care for yoga. It’s one of those exercises that I feel better *after it’s over*, but I don’t particularly enjoy it and I have to force myself to do it. The classes are usually really long and a little pricey, which makes it even worse for me. I would much rather go for a run or go all out at HIIT. I’m also not terribly flexible (a sign I need it), and while I’ve stopped caring long ago what I look like compared with others in class, it’s still a little demoralizing to watch everyone touch their toes while you are barely grazing your knees.

For these reasons , Youtube has been a lifesaver. I’ve done Yoga With Adriene with some regularity on and off for the last couple of years. After my 6 mile run followed by pain a couple weeks ago, I made a commitment to do some yoga every day this month. Admittedly, I have missed a couple days, but overall I’ve stuck with it. 2/3 of the month in, I’ve had less pain and my range of motion has significantly improved. I’ve also been attending a restorative/yin class at my gym with my mother once a week, and there is also always Samara’s Runner’s Yoga series that she brings to Albany each month. (And she might be doing additional in-depth workshops in Albany in 2017!)

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Roscoe really enjoys participating in morning yoga.  He especially enjoys reclined pigeon pose! 😉

So, while it is a little early for New Year’s resolutions, it seemed like a good time to refocus and get a jump start, so to speak. For a number of reasons – personally, professionally, and otherwise – I am seeing 2017 as a reset year, a time to rebuild. It’s going to be a hard year, but, I’m hoping, it will be a hard year of working toward something worthwhile as opposed to simply reacting to every setback that has come my way.