Fitting it all in. What I’ve learned so far…

I know I’ve said this about a million times on here already, but I am so happy and proud to be a part of this blogging community. You guys are just great. The comments that were left on my blog from Monday really meant a lot to me and I’m thankful for all your support and kindness.

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I’m not going to pretend like I’m some kind of expert at this whole single mom thing yet because it hasn’t been going on that long, but as I’m sure you can imagine we’ve definitely had our fair share of major schedule adjustments which thankfully my little superstar seems to be taking in stride. I had grown very accustomed to waking up in the early mornings and going out for a run or to the gym because there was always someone there to take care of her. Obviously this option is not open to me anymore unless it’s a night when she’s staying with her dad.

So here’s what I can share so far on how I’ve been making it work. It’s my hope that by doing this, I might be able to inspire someone in a similar situation. The more comfortable I get, the more I realize that this IS doable. You just have to adapt and it’s my hope that this will make me an even stronger role model for my daughter.

A Strong Support System

My mom has been my biggest cheerleader through all of this. I don’t know what I would do without her and I know things will be even easier once she moves in. In the meantime she has been available here and there to help me out with Betty. I realize that this is not an option for everyone and I consider myself to be VERY lucky.

Getting it done at home

So early morning runs are mostly out right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get up at my usual time and work out in the comfort of my living room while B sleeps. I have access to online and DVD workouts, weights, and my hula hoop (which is surprisingly REALLY good exercise). I don’t need to go to a studio to do yoga. One day when I don’t live upstairs from people maybe I’ll get a treadmill. In the meantime, I still get to work every day feeling like I got something accomplished.

A Great Gym Daycare

Monday was terrible. I was already stressed out and then work was awful and all I really wanted to do was run out all the bad feels. Luckily my gym has an incredible playroom that Betty actually enjoys going to so that evening she went there to hang for 40 minutes while I logged 5 miles on the treadmill. My mood had already improved 1000% when I went to pick her up and she ran up to me dressed in a pink princess dress and saying that she was making new friends my heart almost exploded. I don’t like to take her there all the time because I would prefer that my evenings were spent hanging out with her after a long day of not seeing her, but it’s nice to know that I have this alternative.

RUNCH. And…RINNER? 

This is probably my least favorite big change. At my last job I used to work out on my lunch breaks nearly every day and was fine with it. Then I went to early mornings and liked that SO much better. Now I’m back to gym trips and runs in the middle of the day and sometimes evenings if it’s her dad’s day to pick her up from school. You gotta do what you gotta do.

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Have you ever had to make major adjustments to your usual routine in order to deal with a life event? Are you a morning or evening runner? 

xo,

Salt

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Falling in love with yoga all over again.

Lots of yoga on the blog this week! It’s no secret that I am a bit of a fanatic. Since 2008, my yoga practice has been a defining part of who I am as a person. One of my favorite things about it beyond how flexible and centered it has made me is that the learning never stops. I feel as if I’ve come away with something new after every single one of the classes I’ve taken.

Over the past month or so my studio practice has slacked hardcore. Yoga classes can be expensive and so are kids. I’ve been bringing my practice home and while I do benefit from it, in my opinion it’s just not the same. A yoga studio has a special energy to it that my house doesn’t have. I missed my yoga friends and instructors and getting adjusted to further get me into a posture. At the studio there aren’t any interruptions or a cat trying to climb on me while I’m doing floor poses.

Betty is OBSESSED with ballet and has been begging me to sign her up for lessons. She’s also takes gymnastics right now so I told her that after the summer is over we can go to a ballet class. I started doing some research on places around here that have dance programs for 2 year olds and I found a great one that is very conveniently located to our house. (The fall schedule hasn’t come out yet so fingers crossed that they will have anything on a Saturday!)

As I was checking the website I noticed that they have yoga there on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-1, which is basically my lunch break and that the price was considerably lower for a drop in than any of the other studios in the area. Perfect.

I planned to take my first class yesterday afternoon

What made this situation even more perfect is that I was having a REALLY crappy day. I woke up early and tried to go for a run and my knee wouldn’t let me. I’ve never DNFed a run in my life until then. I went to the gym instead – after having to turn around because I had left my phone at home – and hopped on the treadmill to walk and maybe jog a little bit if I was lucky. Luck not being on the menu for me, after about a minute there was some kind of system failure which shut the treadmill down with a jolt and I fell off it. It’s okay to laugh because now it’s funny, but at the time I was just OVER IT, angry, and kicking myself for not staying home to watch Peppa Pig with B.

Work has been REALLY intense lately with a lot of people going on vacation and my workload increasing exponentially to accommodate that, plus lots of other life stresses in general that I’m not going to bore you with because I like this blog to be a happy place. I feel like I have a lot on my plate, but then it was like I closed the door on all of these things – at least temporarily – as soon as I arrived at yoga class. I signed in with the very kind instructor and she showed me back to the studio: a large, high ceiling-ed, slightly heated, dimly lit, uncrowded room with good music playing. I felt right at home.

The class itself consisted of a fairly standard vinyasa series, but something was really different for me. Maybe it had a little to do with missing the studio experience so much, but I felt extra strong, extra focused. Then while in pigeon pose the most marvelous thing happened.

Interesting yoga fact that you might not have known: It’s not uncommon to get supremely emotional during a hip opening pose such as pigeon. The theory is that we carry negative emotions such as stress, fear, and guilt in our pelvis and sometimes in a very deep hip opening stretch, these emotions can be released.

This is what happened to me and…yep. I cried. A lot. I’m glad that the room was dark-ish and my head was facing the floor. It was ugly and and it was WONDERFUL. Then the instructor shared this quote with us. It made an enormous impact on me…

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My new favorite quote that I have to pass along to absolutely everyone I know. It might sound a little weird that I’m so jazzed about ugly crying in yoga class, but it was exactly what I needed. The floodgates had opened and I can’t even put into words how much better I felt afterward. I felt healed. I wanted to hug the instructor, but that probably would have been a little inappropriate so instead I went to Starbucks.

It was like I fell in love with my yoga practice all over again. I can’t wait to go back on Friday.

If you do yoga, have you ever had an emotional experience in one of your classes? If not…have you ever ugly cried during any other kind of workout? (It’s okay to admit it! We’re all friends here!)

Namaste,

Salt

 

 

Where my marathoners at!?

I bet if my mom is reading this right now she is saying, “Between the A and the T”. She was never a fan of me ending sentences with a preposition.

Anygrammar, in my recent fit-blog travels I have been noticing all over the place that people are finishing up the first weeks of training for big fall races. And then I had this idea. It was so much fun keeping up with my awesome marathon buddies (Colby, Karen, and Tantra!) while finishing up my training for Potts that I thought it might be fun to start a link up where people who are training for one of these big fall races could add their blog. Then we could all find out who we will share a training timeline with, maybe find a cool new blog we didn’t know existed, and maybe make a new friend that can support us when the going gets tough with those long runs. And then the going gets emotionally unstable during the taper as was the case with me.

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For real, that’s what I look like when I’m trying to wink.

I’ll go first.

I’m already supposed to be starting up my training for marathon #2: the Baltimore Marathon on October 18. (The Baltimore half was my first half marathon last October!) I’m still working on my plan of attack for this one because I’m still a little hungover from the last one. I really suck at following instructions which is why Mr. Salt put together all of Betty’s new big girl bedroom furniture and I just watched so I will be loosely following a plan for now and will start getting more deeply involved in it as the mileage starts to pile up. Of course it will be Hal Higdon again because I’m such a fangirl.

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One thing I’m sure of is that this time I’m signing up with a pace group. Baltimore has a lot of hills and based on the severity of the wall I hit at Potts, I could use all the extra motivation I can get in those later miles. (Potts didn’t have pacers…at least none that I noticed.) Plus I heard recently from Cynthia that pace groups can be really fun. I hope I get a cool one.

Now it’s your turn! Are you training for a big fall race? Tell us which one with the date and add your blog to the link up! (Maybe some of us are even running the SAME race. Wouldn’t that be so cool??)

Happy hump day, everyone! I was supposed to meet up with a cool new running group today after work and was all set to come back tomorrow and talk about how much I loved it, but now it’s looking like we might have severe thunderstorms in which case I assume it will be cancelled. Fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen!

Do you ever run with a running group? (I know Scott does and I’m totally jealous of his because they are always doing fun things like running and then going to get tacos.)

xo,

Salt