Leave it to Kali to give you a good kick in the rear end when you need it. She wrote in her post yesterday about doing what you love. Her main point: if you don’t like doing a physical activity, pick another one to enjoy. She noted not everyone loves running and that’s okay. There’s plenty of other ways to enjoy fitness and to reach your goals.
Over the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with running. I started running because it was the one thing on my fitness bucket list that I hadn’t been successful at. In the past few years, I’ve run two half marathons and several smaller races, having a great time at all of them. Running has taught me a lot about myself: emotionally, mentally and physically.
But I’m not a natural runner – my body is built to do other things better. I’m much slower compared to my runner friends. I take walk breaks (which I’m perfectly fine with but others apparently are not). While running, I’m uncomfortable the majority of the time, which gets me out of my body and into my mind, which leads to the self-doubt demons jogging along side me.
It’s not all negatives with my relationship with running: I love the runner’s high after a workout. I love how my body looks when I’m on a consistent running schedule. I love the camaraderie amongst runners. And while I find myself longing to run as the weather breaks, my yoga mat is doing the job that run several miles used to do.
In her post, Kali wrote “Set a goal, reward yourself, get your friends involved, have a good time, dream big.” And I realized, I have done those things with my love of yoga:
set a goal: completing this goal setting exercise from lululemon back in November changed my life. I fully acknowledged what my passions are and their priority in my life right now. While running goals were included, my yoga related goals were far more significant.
reward yourself: with something as simple a 90 minute class after a long, hard day, it’s always the answer to melting away my worries.
get your friends involved: by getting people to try something new and sharing opportunities for fun (and usually free/cheap) opportunities – like the opening of the Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted location on April 1.
have a good time: although I grimace through hip openers, I’m usually smiling through sun salutations and giggling through backbends.
dream big: They don’t call them “big hairy audacious goals” for nothing. because I’m ready to teach yoga. because I’m growing a yoga community every day. and because I want one of these of my own one day:
So why am I committing myself to a half marathon on May 20th? The answer: I’m not anymore.
What I can do is find enjoyment in one of the shorter races to still celebrate what the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon has to offer runners of all types – including us yogis whom can’t seem to let it go completely. Even with my yoga schedule, my body craves cardio to stay balanced and at my “happy” weight. Race weekend is just over two months away (and yoga teacher training starting next week) and it’s time to commit to the commitments I’ve made as both a runner and a yogi.
That said, I have decided to run the 5K on Saturday, May 19th. I know I have the 10K in me, but with a yoga teacher training weekend the same as the race weekend, I have to be respectful to my long term career goals. I’m headed back to the trusty old Couch to 5K plan to get race day ready. Plus there’s two big bonuses to running the 5K: 1) I get to run it with one of my best blog friends Amanda and 2) we get to finish on the field of Cleveland Browns Stadium! You know you want to join us – it’s only 3.1 miles!
So running: it’s not you, it’s me. There’s someone else in the picture, but perhaps you’d still see me on the side a few times a week…
In addition to being an all around life update, this post is part of my participation in the 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon blogging series. Read my disclosure here.