Archive for May, 2011

The Down Side of Off Days

May 26, 2011

I kind of got out of the habit of exercising regularly over the winter.  My school days conflict with possible ballet classes, and in my defense, there were no sideways to run on for a huge chunk of the winter.  I did keep up with short yoga practices at home and a brush with Insanity, but it was nowhere near my regular intensity or frequency.

About six weeks ago, I decided enough was enough.  Spring had finally arrived, the snow had melted and I started building mileage and doing workouts from this awesome (crazy) website, call  I have more than doubled my weekly mileage, knocked a bunch of time off my cruising speed, and have muscles again. 

At this particular moment, I am trying to convince myself to go out for a run.  The problem is, I took an extra day off.  I said I would do a “cut back week” (a week were you take it easy) once I hit midterms, and here we are at midterms, so, I took Monday off.  I always take Tuesday off because of school, and here I am on Wednesday with no momentum to get me off my butt.  Oh, I am going to go, but not without complaining about it first.  An object in motion stays in motion so even though it may increase the risk of injury, sometimes when I am getting my engine going again, it is actually easier to do something more days than not. As I have been at rest for TWO whole days now, there is no part of me that thinks getting out there is a good idea.  See? Its just science.

Okay, if I don’t go now, my dog is going to have a fit, she does not seem to understand the basic laws of physics. 

The moral of the story?

1. Don’t take to many rest days. (?)


2. at least be prepared for the struggle to get shaking again. (?)


3. Get a dog, bad at science, good a running, great at being a nudge.

Note: After writing this I ran a solid 5 miles and did this work out  Object in motion.


True Story

May 23, 2011

True story, I haven’t blogged since October 5.  I have been busy though.  Since then I did ANOTHER yoga teacher training with the beautiful and brilliant Jill Miller, I decided to bump up my wedding and, oh, yes, got married.  I wrapped up terms four and five of massage school and am now plowing my way through the sixth and last one.  I have written now and then for an online local newspaper, wrote a blog for the Yoga Tune Up website,  went on a silent 10 day mediation retreat,  and survived the winter.  In no particular order.

 At the moment I should be studying for a mid-term in East/West Pathology but because I don’t want to do that, and also don’t want to clean my house (does anyone else clean to procrastinate?), I thought I would swing through here.  Since I should be doing other things instead of coming up with something new and interesting to write about now (which can be really difficult and time consuming), I will just put some links to some of the stuff I was writing elsewhere. A little yoga anatomy about one of your hip flexors, there are two other short pieces that kind of go with this, but I think this is the best one. I made my brother Mat help with the Christmas cookies this year, I swear nobody got hurt.  After the first, or second or tenth (?) big storm this year?  I can’t remember.  By the way, my dog is weird and LOVES snow.  And I am pretty sure taking the pictures for this is what killed my camera.

Another true story is that I can’t figure out how to do the thing where you make a word or phrase a link instead of having to copy and paste the whole url.  Sigh.

There are a few more newspaper-y things on the Patch website, but that is mostly what I have been up to for the past 7 months or so.  I mean aside from school work, getting married, running, yoga, dog walking, latte slinging, etc.  I have another mid-term next week, so maybe I will come up with something to write while I am putting off studying for that one.  Or maybe I will clean my house.