First snow of the year. Hope it’s not the last.
First snow of the year. Hope it’s not the last.
I’m just back from a lunchtime yoga class.
Lately (last few weeks) I’ve started being a lot more aware of how I feel mentally, after doing yoga, as well as physically.
I feel a lot calmer, more relaxed, and very chilled.
It’s got to the stage that – in the case of a post work evening class – I no longer grab a quick drink while I’m waiting for the train home, as the alcohol would kill this really pleasant feeling that I’m experiencing. So, I take a slower, more meandering route to get to the station instead, and enjoy the sensation of calm that is washing over me.
So, double the benefits. The physical – that I’ve always been aware of – and now the mental, which I’m experiencing more vividly than before.
Not been about in a while. My bad.
I did the 108 Sun Salutations, and raised £106 for the charity. It was a challenge, but I actually enjoyed it. There was an energy in the room that just swept you along.
Really nice nibbles and a choice of a bucks fizz or non-alcoholic alternative.
I really enjoyed the whole thing, and definitely want to take part again next year.
The travel plans for this year is a bucket list trip for me, Cambodia. We’re heading out via Singapore, as my Karen has always wanted to go there as it’s apparently a foddie’s wet dream, and she loves trying new foods.
After Singapore, it’s a few days at Siem Reap for the temples, then on to Sihanoukville to relax, before heading home via Bangkok and Dubai.
Really looking forward to this.
So I’ve been lax in posting here. My bad.
It’s not that I haven’t been doing things to post about, I have. But I’ve been doing and not posting, so here’s a quick update.
We’ve booked a trip to Cambodia for next year. Stopping in Singapore on the way out, and coming back via Bangkok – which is in danger of usurping Paris as my favourite city – and Dubai.
A week on Saturday I’m taking part in a charity yoga event. 108 sun salutations. I may be a broken husk afterwards, but it’s all in a good cause.
Last weekend I got a new tattoo (see below), a Green Man. I’m seriously happy with the way it turned out. I’m going to book in again soon to get the Celtic animals/knotwork on the same arm, touched up so it all blends together really nicely.
On Sunday, I ran my first 10k race in about 3 years.
There was way to little preparation, as I’ve only been running again for about the last month, but have been running up to 9k.
The thinking was, 9k feeling good afterwards, so another on top is do-able, as long as I remember I’ve been away from running for a few years, so don’t aim for a time, just aim to get round.
So that was the plan. I was thinking, based on the running I’d been doing, that 60 mins was a reasonable time to get round in, so I was surprised and very happy with my finish time of 55:15.
The course was a wee bit hilly, and I was feeling it in my legs for the last 1k, but I made it round and in a time 5 minutes under what I was aiming for, so to say I’m pleased is an understatement.
I think I’ve got the bug again.
This last week I’ve been a bit achey. Holding my arms up in Warrior 2 was making my upper arms ache, and yesterday, doing vinyasas, I struggled not to faceplant onto the mat!
After last night’s class I was talking to someone, and they said it’s probably not the upper arm muscles, but my shoulder muscles, that are stiff, and my arms are compensating, hence the achey arms.
The question is, does anyone have any recommendations for any exercise to loosen off stiff shoulder muscles?
Any advice gratefully accepted.
I’ve been dipping my toes back into running over the last couple of weeks. I’ve always missed being in the running club (I fell out of the habit after an injury, and just got lazy), and it’s more annoying now that they’ve re-located to the sports centre at the end of my road, so twice a week I see them run past my window.
SO, with that in mind I’ve been doing some gentle running to ease back into it. I’m up to just under 10k now, so I’ve entered a race on the 11th. It’s named after the guy who was my first coach when I joined the club, so it seemed appropriate.
I’m under no illusions about fast times, I’m just looking to enjoy the run, get over the finish line, and collecting my finishers t shirt (and hopefully catching up with Jimmy, my old coach)
it’s time to “cut the crap*”.
I need to cut out/reduce the amount of sweets and rubbish I eat. It’s not even hunger. It’s usually when it’s a slow day, and I walk to the vending machine in work just to get away from the desk and stretch my legs.
Seriously, I don’t need to go from a lunchtime yoga class, back to my computer, via the snack machine. It’s a bad habit and it ends today.
(*Cut the Crap is possibly (ok definitely) the worst album The Clash recorded. A record so bad, that they basically disowned it. A very appropriate title if you ask me.)
Last night at yoga, I just felt that I wasn’t getting it. I honestly felt that I did better the very first day I walked into the class 3 years ago.
My balance was off, I was getting cramp in my toes in child’s pose, did I mention my balance?
Don’t get me wrong, not everything felt like a step backwards, and I did pretty good afterwrds, but it’s proof that we can only do what we can do on any given day, but it’s not easy to accept. Acceptance is the key I think. If you don’t accept that’s how it was and move on, then it will play on your mind and create a downward spiral where you psyche yourself out.
Onwards and upwards.
Been a bit…..meh today. Can’t pin it on any one thing.
So, that’s why I’m really glad I went to yoga at lunchtime, instead of a union meeting that I was supposed to be be going to (who organises meetings at lunchtime? Seriously, don’t)
Anyway, I feel in a much better place now, so I’m looking forward to this evening after work, when we’re going to take a wee drive down the coast to either Troon, or Ayr. (Troon is closer, but not much is open in the evenings, whereas Ayr has a bit more going on but is about another half hours drive away)