On the Road Again

It’s been a while since I ran anywhere for a reason other than fire or emergency (like the man who was puking his guts up in the library… ran to get him a trash can).  I don’t actually remember the last time I just got up and went for a run, which kind of makes sense.  My running career has always been spotty.  I’ve run in a few half marathons, and then I completely stopped running for a couple of years after each.  At least I’m consistently inconsistent.

Anyway, this week marks the beginning of another running phase (I hope).  I’m two days in with a hike on a third day, so I think it counts.  What’s more, I actually woke up early to run before work this morning.  That, my friends is monumental.

This is what I felt like, running along our dirt road, super grateful that the first half of the trek is mostly downhill:

photo from the Huffington Post

photo from the Huffington Post

But inevitably, the run ends with me feeling much more like this:

photo from lifebeginsatthirtytwo.blogspot.com

photo from lifebeginsatthirtytwo.blogspot.com

Glamorous, right?  Even though I have ended both runs and the hike feeling like an out-of-shape doughnut-eating fool, I know that if I keep going out there, someday I’ll be able to run the whole way to the mailbox (0.7 miles, not just to the end of the driveway) and back the slightly uphill route without stopping or walking or wanting to die.  I might even be able to run 13.1 miles again without wanting to amputate my legs from the knee down.

So yes, what I’m looking forward to is not wanting to die while working out.  I could avoid that by not working out.  That’s my approach for about 2-3 years of out every 4.  I’m just hoping that my working out year is about to kick in.  They’re fun while they last.

Becoming a Yogi

Okay, so maybe “yogi” is an exaggeration (the interwebs told me that a yogi is someone who is proficient at yoga), but I did start doing yoga with some free online videos in the past month.

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photo from freshlyvegetarian.com, my favorite kind of Yogi

Scott is always trying to figure out how we can work out together in ways that we’ll both enjoy.  Since I don’t like working out all that much these days, it’s a pretty big challenge for Scott.  Poor Scott.  His wife just wants to be a bump on a log when she’s at home. 

We’ve tried running together (nope, I like running more on my own and not much at all these days).  I don’t have a bike, so that’s out.  We’re too cheap to join a gym, and it isn’t really the right weather for hiking or playing tennis.  Plus, it takes a lot of time to get ready, get to a hiking/tennis spot, and make a workout happen.  In his desperation, Scott got creative with his suggestions. 

What was next after exhausting our more standard ideas?  Yoga.  It turns out that yoga is just ridiculous enough (for a beginner) to make me giggle as I struggle.  Not an easy thing to do.  Thanks to Tara Stiles, YouTube, and our Xbox, it’s pretty easy to work in 20 minutes of yoga while dinner bakes or simmers or whatever it does before it’s done.  

Why am I writing about this today?  Well, we got more adventurous last night with our Tara Stiles YouTube selection, and we went with a workout called “Hard Poses Made Easy: Intermediate Yoga.”  I should have known better.  I struggle with the super beginning stuff.  But you never have an adventure if you always stick to things you know how to do, so we tried it.

This is one of the things we were supposed to achieve during the video:

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photo from tarastiles.com

What?!  Imagine your friendly (and clumsy) neighborhood librarian trying that out for the first time after about 4 total yoga sessions.  Right.  It did not look like that.  It did make me laugh though, and the other poses made me laugh, too.  I halfway accomplished a few things, so it wasn’t a total waste of time.  Mostly, it was just really funny.  And congrats to yoga folks who can actually do that!  Color me impressed.