December has been good to me. Weekends mean having time to make a more exciting breakfast and I am going to talk about why I love racing in the midwest.
Racing in the Midwest
They also mean I can sit at home and work on Christmas cards and wrapping gifts, all while listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack and admiring our mini tree. We have yet to even consider buying a full-sized tree. This table top tree has worked perfect. And that’s the Charlie Brown tree to the right. Notice a theme here?
December has been good to me because I enjoyed two free yoga classes Saturday at Inner Bliss. The first was my first-ever hot powerful flow yoga class, which is a normal flow yoga class performed in a room heated to 88 to 90 degrees. I finally have found a workout that gets me sweating as much as a summertime run!
I enjoyed this class because the warmth provided me with greater flexibility. And while several hot yoga classes were offered on Saturday, the one I selected (and maybe the others) was packed to the brim! I have never before seen so many yogis in one space. Our mats were only a few inches apart, so there was no way to avoid getting to know your neighbor.
Racing in the Midwest
I stayed for a yoga flow for all levels class afterward which was much easier on my body. It was like having a cool down and by the time we reached savanasa, I genuinely enjoyed the relaxation. The second class wasn’t nearly so full so I also had more room to move during the poses. Sunday my whole body was aching. I have never before had such a good workout from yoga!
December has been good to me because on the running front I had zero activity this weekend. I’m in the midst of a running lull and I’ll be the first to admit it. But I also think that it’s OK. I just spent two months in training and pretty much the last 9 months running, so a break is needed. And perhaps I’m not alone.
With the exception of Amanda (who is killing it at local races), Miss Zippy (who has just returned to running and is loving it) and the folks who ran the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series this weekend (too many bloggers to count) — I’ve noticed a decline in blogger running since around Thanksgiving.
This is why I love living in the Midwest. There is a definite ebb and flow to the race season. You’ll find a Reindeer Run in December — just for fun — and you might find one or two crazy bone-chilling races up here in January or February, but that’s it. The Midwest racing scene gives your body that time to rest and recover. And it gives your mind a break, and a chance to learn to love running again. So that, too, is where I’m at.