Today is a ‘cross-training‘ day. My husband and I are preparing for the Marine Corps half marathon in Fredericksburg, VA 0n May 20. It’s my 6th, half and his second. His first-ever half time is 1:49. My best ever is 2:06. Who’s counting? What I am counting is the pounds running takes off of me. When I was in full marathon training mode I was 17 pounds lighter than I am now. I am begging running to take me back there or at least close. With a life-long body image problem (that my boyfriend, Yoga, is helping me with) and a nasty 10 that hangs around my business, running has become my go-to buddy in times of puffiness.
So, today I ‘cross-trained’. I took a Yoga class at 8:15 this morning. We worked on shoulder openers which I find amazingly helpful with taking the bind (TWSS). Please ignore the puff in the midriff area.
Then I taught a class to my corporate sharks at Carmax headquarters during their lunchtime. I decided not to reinvent the wheel and taught a shoulder-opening sequence. I said clever things like:
“Chase your shoulder with your chin.” And. “Stretch your eyes as if you were peering into your inner ear.” Yes, they looked confused. I wonder how Indira Gandi was received with this little ditty:
“You need to find stillnes amidst much activity. And in repose know you are vibrantly alive.”
And so I tried to be still and alive in this balancing pose:
And laughed the whole time. Now, that’s my kind of girl.
So I had a ball with my daughter and my Yoga but I probably didn’t crosstrain. Now I know why I can’t get rid of that 10. At least my shoulders are dang open.
And I can see my inner ear. Can you?