This week has been hectic.
It transpires that the running and yoga challenges are all well and good when you are working from home, near the yoga studio, but as soon as travel is involved it becomes SO MUCH HARDER!
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I had to be at my work head office and normally I would have stayed overnight to take the pressure off. Getting to yoga each day meant that I had to travel in to the office on a daily basis which added another complexity to the challenge I wasn’t really prepared for.
I am still struggling with exercising in the mornings. I want to go, but I am just too tired in the mornings and this cold weather is hardly enticing me out of house! This means my yoga and runs have both been in the evenings still. These last 3 days would have been so much better if I had managed to run in the morning and go to yoga in the evenings, but that’s not how it panned out.
On Monday I was at the office all day and had managed a 2Km run before I went to yoga in the evening. The run was OK, nothing special and yoga was difficult for no obvious reason. I feel that my body was quite tight and uncomfortable. I remember from previous challenges that the flexibility comes in waves and some days feel great and others not so much! Yoga is about just accepting this, not trying to change it, not wishing for it to be better. Just finding equanimity.
Tuesday was a real challenge. I left home at 7am and after a full day at work, and a 2 hour commute each way, I had to go straight to yoga to make the 8pm class – the last one of the day. It was a real challenge to get there in time and I began to feel super anxious that I would miss it! I was worried that I would fail my challenge but thankfully I did make it just in time. The class would normally have been great – a fab teacher, a room full of friends and it was hot hot hot! But, there was a part of me that was distracted and this made the class unnecessary difficult. I think it was the thought that I needed to still run that was most bothering me.
I try and give everything when I go to my yoga classes and knowing that I still had to get out running meant I was holding back so I could physically manage the run too, but the run was ghastly. I did 1.5Km, but hated every minute. It was super cold, icy cold. Horrible.
That said, with this challenge I’m finding it doesn’t matter how bad the days are, it’s the bigger picture that matters, the completion of the 30 day yoga challenge and that R.E.D running challenge. That is my goal.
On Wednesday I got another 2Km run under my belt, and another OK-ish yoga class. The long working days and 2-hour each way commute was taking it out of me and I just didn’t feel I had anything else to give.
The latter part of this week will hopefully feel better, but I am happy to just feel gratitude that I have the health and commitment to exercise everyday.
That is enough.