I knew there was a reason why I never got into yoga before…it’s HARD. I’ve done a lot of yoga in my life, but sporadically, not for more than a few days at a time. I did two poses on Monday, and my hips were pretty sore. After I posted the challenge that I’m doing, a friend pointed out that it’s not an easy routine for beginners. She’s right. I’m the kind of person who believes that you can do anything you put your mind to and I was excited that these were different poses than I normally see. I didn’t really consider what level of yogi you have to be for some of these positions. Guess what? I’m doing it anyway.
(Day 1: Three Point Dog)
I’m in tune with my body and know my physical limits, so I will be careful. I’m not trying to pull any muscles, but I would very much like to be more flexible and test myself along the way. The creators of this challenge are encouraging participants to photograph both sides of our bodies, rather than only posting pictures of our stronger side. I, however, am not flexible on either side of my body. It's been a struggle.
(Day 2: Warrior I)
My hips are super tight from running - I mean REALLY bad. When I went to my chiropractor last year he was appalled by how inflexible I was…that’s what I get for not stretching over five years of long distance running (see Running Shoe Review post). A year after his advice to stretch more often, I’m still trying to change that.
Sidenote: If you live in the Lehigh Valley and are looking for a chiropractor, Dr. DiCarlo is a saint. He’s fixed all my injuries and kept me well-aligned since I was 12 or 13. I was a swimmer at the time and had tense upper back and shoulder muscles that were putting stress on the rest of my body. I was only new to running back then. I don't see him regularly like I should, but whenever an issue comes up, I know who to call. I HIGHLY recommend him if you’re thinking about seeing a chiropractor or have any injuries.
Back to yoga…in the spirit of not getting injured, I warm up before doing these yoga poses. Before doing day three’s assignment, I did each of these poses for 30 seconds. They stretched out my hips a bit so I was a little more capable of doing the yoga challenge (it was still quite difficult).
(Day 3: Humble Warrior - I blame our uneven floors for making this extra challenging.)
I struggled to keep my hips square and I couldn’t touch my head to the floor, but overall, I know it was good for my hips. If you’re trying to get into yoga, definitely try doing a 30 day challenge - maybe just not this one. ;) I’d almost rather opt for the “marathon-a-day” challenge. I said ALMOST. I’m going to finish what I started, though.
(Here's the entire challenge in case you missed it - 9, 10, 14, 28 & 29 are daunting.)
As I’ve said before, my best advice for someone who is starting a business is to save your money. But what’s my best advice for someone who’s already in business? Take the time to exercise. This applies to everyone, really, but it wasn’t until I started taking breaks from working all day that I’ve been able to think more clearly. It actually makes a difference - who know (besides the entire Internet)!?
Moving on…this is my favorite way to work lately:
(Sitting on my office floor with my laptop…I wonder if my old job would’ve let me do that ;)
We had a great practice on Monday with a beautiful array of running shoes:
And the sky looked pretty, too:
Question for any readers…do you ever feel sick after drinking coffee? I’m assuming it’s the caffeine, but I drink caffeinated tea and feel fine unless it’s strongly caffeinated tea. No matter what kind of coffee I drink, though, I feel horrible afterwards, sometimes only after a few sips. It’s even happened with decaf coffee. Does anyone know why this happens?? Is it dehydration maybe? My dad stopped drinking caffeine and eating chocolate in his 20s because of the same issue. Maybe I’m destined not to drink it. I really love the taste of coffee, but apparently my body doesn’t agree.
(FYI I don't drink black coffee - hadn't added the almond milk in this picture.)
Finally, congratulations to our Run Life Co. model, Megan, on being named Fordham’s Athlete of the Week (again)! She won three events at Fordham’s meet against Army West Point. This girl is on fire and we’re so glad to have her as part of the Run Life Co. team!
P.S. For those of you who signed up to get the blog emailed directly to you, sit tight. I'm still working on it! Hopefully, I'll have it all set up by the end of this week! :)
Are you an avid yogi? How long have you been doing yoga?
Ever do a 30 day challenge? What was it?
Does coffee make you feel sick? Do you know why?