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In other news, I’m really awkward at yoga.
I know I’m in the minority here, but I don’t find it relaxing and I don’t get an enlightened feeling.
Um…this doesn’t look very comfortable…
And hot yoga? That is one hour and a half of pure torture.
But every once in a while (usually prompted by a Groupon), I’ll go on a month long hot yoga kick.
But I don’t like yoga enough to pay full price. Luckily Aaron has some really cheesy “yoga for athletes” DVD’s that don’t involve having to get all dressed up (our yoga studios are definitely Lulu’d out).
We did not use them once during marathon training.
Over the last 4 weeks, it has become blatantly obvious that my muscles are tight. They are looser now then they were on my day after limp fest through Chicago, but even after all the rest, they are not as loose as I want them to be as I head into “Operation Fast Half” next week.
On Saturday, we did one of the DVD yoga workouts.
I spent 12 years of my life as a ballerina. I worked on my flexibility constantly (it isn’t cool to be the only girl who can’t do the splits), and I’ve always been pretty limber. Even in our previous yoga attempts, I’ve been pretty good at holding poses and getting deep into the stretch.
I couldn’t touch my toes on Saturday. I also fell over on every attempt to hold tree pose (I think this is supposed to be symbolic of my inner balance). Basic moves like rotating my hips were extraordinarily difficult.
Basically, I was the biggest yoga disaster before even considering my runny nose, and my tendency to giggle every time the monotone lady narrator said “buttock.”
But, regardless, we popped the DVD in again last night, and already my flexibility was far better then it was on Saturday. My maturity level was about the same.
I don’t love yoga. I don’t think I’ll change my mind on that any time soon, but I can’t deny that I need to do some good quality stretching to compliment the running mileage. My goal is to incorporate yoga once per week when I’m actively training.
It took me a really long time to even walk right after the marathon and I think if I had practiced some yoga I would have been much better off. I will have no time between my half and jumping into Boston training, so I can’t afford to take a few weeks off to recover. I’m hoping yoga, no matter how unenlightened, will make for an easy transition.
Namaste! And go vote!