Monday, October 01, 2012

Choices Choices

Saturday was the beginning of our next yoga challenge. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. September was one crappy, stressful month for me, and for my family. There were several evenings when Matt and I enjoyed a bowl of (organic) ice cream and commiserated over bad days while Mike put Chloe to bed. Maybe ice cream doesn’t solve anything, but it does help!
But the problem with a challenging month is that I started to doubt myself. And feel crappy about myself. So, yes. I’m looking forward to this challenge. It’s simple, really: attend 20 classes in 30 days and participate in a weekly challenge. This week is daily 2-minute planks. I mentioned to one of my teachers that I didn’t think I could do a 2 minute plank, and after assuring me I could, he proceeded to have us all do a set in class (in addition to the regular stuff), and although I can’t say it was the highlight of my class, it was nice to know I could do this.
Next week is meditation, so I’m actually trying out a meditation class on Thursday! I know. Crazy crazy! The class is an hour in the evening, right before my favourite 8:30 class. Truthfully the idea of meditating for an hour strikes me as crazier than well, pretty much anything I’ve ever done. The teacher has promised the class will be fine, and there are pillows and blankets so I guess I can always take a nap and say I’m deep into meditating.
Anyway …
That brings me to something that I’m trying to figure out and just can’t.
I’ve committed to a regular yoga practice – and I signed up for a year. I love it all, but I LOVE Thursday nights because the teacher is amazing, and now this whole meditation thing first…. Awesome. And it’s worked well because Wednesday night has been my running night with the 10k clinic. I signed up for the 10k clinic because I’m doing the half marathon in February, but I felt like I needed to have more of a running foundation (pacing, breathing, etc) before I jumped into a half marathon clinic. That was an awesome choice and definitely worth it. And it’s worked so beautifully with my yoga schedule.
And now the clinic is almost done. I’m actually really sad about this. And the choices arise.
Choice 1 – Sign up for the half marathon clinic as planned. This means a month off of clinic (but I will still run), and then the clinic is designed to build to a March race, and by my February race the distances will work with some tweaking. This clinic is on Thursday so I will miss my Thursday yoga night. Boo. But, I’ve heard the clinic instructor is good.
Choice 2 – Sign up for the 10 Miler Clinic (16km) which builds toward a 10 mile race on December 26th. This means that I’ll have to figure out 2 months of half marathon training, but I can run with the half group on Sundays if I want to. The perk to this – I know and love the clinic instructor and I know a lot of the people in the clinic. It’s also on Wednesdays, which means that I can do the Thursday yoga.
Okay – talk about first world problems. But, still. It’s like 2 of a good thing. I just don’t know. Suggestions? Anyone.
Truthfully, I just need to let this one go a little bit. Both options are awesome! And right now I’m focused on this yoga challenge combined with my goal race the week after Thanksgiving.
Life may not make sense right now. But, in some weird way everything else kind of does.

1 comment:

Ginny said...

I think you should stick with your yoga on Thursdays, it's an important and beneficial part of your training (I should probably listen to my own advice!).
Now get ready for my novel of random thoughts. No matter what clinic you do you will have to take training into your own hands. If you do the 10 miler you will need to figure out training for another 6 or 7 weeks after it's over or you will need to adjust the training schedule for the half because your goal race is sooner. I am leaning towards suggesting you go with the 10miler so you can continue with Wed clinic nights if you are feeling the knowledge you are receiving is beneficial. I will say that the nutrition night is important in the half clinic but I would guess you would get similar advice in the 10miler. Of course now that I'm typing this all out I'm wondering what is the difference between your Disney Princess half and the chilly half? I think it's only a couple of weeks so tacking on an extra couple of km's to the half clinic sunday runs should be pretty easy.
No matter what you chose you should log into your RR page and plug in your date and distance for the Disney Princess so you can see what the training schedule is like. I can also do that for you if you want as I still have access to my schedule page for a couple of more weeks.
Anyway I'm not sure how much sense this makes, I'm typing like a mad woman while the kids are in the shower.
Let's make a coffee date soon!!