Calm Mind, Sore Body

We have officially started week two of our Team Myles training for the Blue Nose! So far the experience has not been what I expected, and I mean that in the best possible way. The first Sunday we ran 1 minute, walked 1 minute and it was so difficult, and knowing that we were going to be running 2 minutes in a row in just one short week, I was already feeling a little discouraged. However, I took the advice of my mentor Jody, and Leanne and practiced my runs on my own time. Before I knew it 1:1’s actually felt doable, and the thought of 2:1’s excited me rather than terrified me! Soon, it was Thursday. Thursday means hill drills on the dreaded Citadel Hill. Talking with my friends before hand, some said “Who knows, you may love it!” to which I responded by telling them they were crazy. Much to my surprise… I loved it! Don’t get me wrong, it was difficult and my legs hurt and there were times when it felt like I couldn’t catch my breath and I got a “stitch” feeling in my side, but when it was over I felt so accomplished. I set my own personal goals, not worrying about the people around me, some of whom ran faster than me or farther than me. I made it my goal to run to the “Maximum 20 km” sign and on the last run up the hill, I crushed that goal! Then while others ran all the way to the top, I walked. In the end we were all at the top together as a team and whether we ran it or walked it, it didn’t matter. It simply felt great. Next week I will have new goals, and the week after that new goals again. Eventually I will run to the top of the hill, but I’m in no rush.

A personal goal for me is to improve my yoga practice and to go more often. I’ve been participating in yoga class for about a year now, going once or twice a month. Having gone to yoga twice this week already (once after Thursday hills, and once after a 12 hour day shift), I’m really proud of myself for ignoring all my regular excuses and going to yoga anyway! After Thursday hills ended at 8pm and yoga didn’t start until 9pm, it would have been easy to say I didn’t have the time to wait or that I was too tired or sore from hills, or that I already accomplished so much today, etc. But I walked around downtown, window shopping, wasting time and got to my yoga practice for 9pm. And it felt. so. good. It was exactly what I needed and it was only 60 minutes, I was home by 10:15pm, lots of time to relax with some TV shows before bed. And the best part was there was no guilt and no regret which would have followed skipping class. When Monday rolled around and I worked a 12 hour shift and stayed late a half hour because the day had been so busy, it was no easier to make the decision to go to yoga directly after, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed to let go of the stress of the day and to soothe my aching muscles. Making these small improvements doesn’t seem like much but it already feels so much better than what I was doing before.

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