First - yoga on Sunday. I'm going to be honest with you guys. I was a little nervous when I knew I wouldn't be doing hot yoga anymore and would be solely focusing on one studio. I haven't done that yet, probably because I am afraid of commitment, it's weird. BUT I kind of fell victim to the whole, will it be as hard and will I get the same benefits mindset that I usually dislike in others. I know... hypocrite. I know in my head that the poses are the poses and that the benefits I get from them are what they are and don't depend on the temperature of the room or how quickly you move through the poses, but I would be lying if I didn't get a little nervous about leaving behind my 90 degrees. Let me be clear of the benefits I mean:
1. obviously, the physical strength
2. the flexibility - will I not improve as much on this if the room isn't heated
3. the meditative aspects - will I be as diligent in breath if I'm not forced to be from severe heat
Let me tell you that in all of my classes, I have gotten all three. This Sunday, the class was so awesome, I left very calm and Monday morning, I WAS SORE. I have also improved in flexibility so much just in practicing a little every day. Thank you Lynne for an awesome yoga class Sunday at Yoganize!! And also, for dispelling my notion that I can only hit my goals in a hot yoga class. And also, I need to maybe change my goals a bit too which brings me to another point.
My workout schedule has been messed up. Here is my problem - I am having a hard time finding time to workout. My mornings, I have been really tired. My evenings have been full which leaves me lunch. It's hard to ride my bike or swim at lunch so I haven't been doing anything. I thought, why don't I just go to the gym and do the bike or the elliptical but sometimes, I think THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I don't know why, but in my head, if every workout isn't so hard that I'm on the verge of puking, I feel like it's not good enough. I struggle with that so much and in the end, I end up not doing anything at all because I can't fit it in. My goal this week is to break that mindset and do whatever it is that I can do to get in a workout - some cross training form of workout. At lunch today, this is what I did:
Elliptical, 45 minutes
2 minute intervals so, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy
During my hard 2 minutes, I would go as hard as I could for 10 seconds and recover for 5 seconds. By the end of the 45 minutes, I was exhausted. I thought, wow, maybe i can get in a good workout on the elliptical! It didn't solve my messed up thinking about every workout needing to be intense, but it did change my thoughts about only being able to get a good workout in on my bike/in the water.
The rest of my week looks like this -
Monday - I got the massage and didn't want to ruin it
Tuesday - 45 minutes on the elliptical
Wednesday - 10 sets of 2 minute repeats, recover 2 minutes - yoga in the evening
Thursday - stationary bike or something at the gym at lunch
Friday - hill ladder (30s/60s/90s/120s/90s/60s/30s) run time = recovery time
I have to try to figure out this weekend. I've got to run 150 minutes. I also have to help lead Go Run. I also need to pick up my Rain barrel I won at the same time I need to do both. Oh yeah, and I have a wedding to go to in Atlanta Saturday night. So when in the world am I going to do all of this? I have no idea :(
what do you suggest??