I had seen the word "namaste" in conjunction with yoga classes, but really didn't know what it meant (click on the link to find out!). Today, as I am still on a running hiatus, I looked up a website that was referenced on one of the Facebook running pages that I frequent. This site is full of yoga videos, and they are all totally free. I love free. The videos range from beginner to advanced. Since I have never partaken in a yoga class, I am clearly a beginner. There are even videos that are specifically designed for runners. I found one that is titled "Yoga for Runners: Injury prevention." Bingo! Today I cleared my mind and for about 25 minutes, simply thought about getting all of the negative energy vibes out. I really enjoyed the video. The stretches felt great. I defintely felt out of my element, but I think that it was good for me to try something new. I plan on fitting this video in once a week (hopefully on my rest day, or maybe in the evenings after a run).
What else did I do today? Foam rolling, which continues to feel great. Also I finally got back to the 100 push-up challenge. I skipped the Week 6, Day 2 workout that was scheduled for Friday, so I went back to it today. OUCH. A total of 213 push-ups, broken into 8 sets of approximately 20 push-ups per set, and topped off with a set of 53 push-ups. My arms and legs were both shaking uncontrollably by the end of that last set! Only one more workout for this challenge, then the final test.
It really has been a difficult weekend for me. I have been stuck inside all day today, due to a no-show by my son's caregiver. I hate when I have to rely on others. Maybe that is why I was a swimmer (individual sport, at least for the most part), and now I have embraced running (totally individual sport). I typically am disappointed when I have to rely on others for things, as I have very high goals and expect the best from myself as well as from those around me. Yes, I am a perfectionist! It's why it has been so hard for me to not stick to my planned runs. I truly am trying to work on this aspect of my personality, but it's been slow going. Anyway, I am anxious for a return to normalcy tomorrow. I am planning on running an easy 3 miles while my son has soccer practice. I have all but committed to the Train Like a Mother: Own It plan that I referenced yesterday. The link will connect you to the plan in its entirety, but I still think everyone should purchase the book that it comes from (Train Like a Mother). I have only 12 weeks until the Run Like a Girl half marathon on October 5, and the plan is a 13-week plan... so at this point I will change up the plan slightly (most likely omitting week 10, but we'll see as things go). I may even ask the authors what they think, as I will get to MEET THEM on August 7th! Cannot wait for that day!