Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Davida and I were graced by a wonderful visitor… Amy from Long Drive Journey! If you don’t read her blog… do it NOW. She was in the neighborhood (well Niagara Falls) for a 10K race and made the extra drive up to Toronto so we could finallyyyy meet and hang out. Awesome.
I never thought blogging would create this sense of community and “real-life” friendships. I thought I’d blab, share some recipes, Tweet random stuff and call it a day. Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am so grateful to be a part of this community — you guys rock!
We had a lovely dinner and chatted about the usual stuff; overnight oats, kabocha, foam rolling, Instagram, you know… our faves. We also got to talking about the injuries we have all been battling. Davida and Amy have both been nursing IT band injuries and as I told you yesterday, my knee is not fully healed so my workouts are limited to yoga and spinning classes for the next two weeks at least. Kind of a bummer.
Listen to your body.
Why is this so much easier said than done?
Why do I eat when I’m bored, not hungry? Why do I workout when I am sore?
I don’t have good answers to these questions, other than I’m human and I love food and I love sweating. It’s actually hard to listen to our body. To listen when it tells us to slow down, to listen when it tells us to eat carbs, to listen when it tells us we are tired, to listen when it tells us to work harder.
Not being able to run, do Crossfit and play basketball has sucked. It has only been a week but it has felt like a year and I still have at least two more weeks to go. Injuries certainly take a toll, both mentally and physically.
I haven’t run since the race. I miss getting lost in my thoughts, I miss escaping to the outdoors, I miss the sound of my shoes on the pavement, I miss the post-run high… I miss it all. But I am working on making the best of this situation and remembering all of the things I am thankful for. My body is clearly telling me something so I better keep listening. And all of you have been an incredible support system:
Cori has also been dealing with a running injury but seeing her positive attitude and ability to find other ways to stay fit is inspirational… she is motivating me every day.
Amanda encouraged me focus on what I can do… yoga, spin… check!
Cassandra said that I might feel faster and stronger when I start running again… that would be amazing!
Alisha is a superstar yogi and her passion makes me love it even more… here’s to pigeon pose.
Yesterday I went to a spinning class for the first time in a few years. Was it running? No. But it was great! And hard! Like really hard. Old ladies were kicking my butt. Speaking of butt, mine is super sore today. I think I need a seat pillow next time. But seriously, it was a great workout, awesome way to sweat and try something new. These classes are not cheap but I’m chalking this up as doing it for my health… and we can’t put a price on that right? :)
Hope you have a marvellous Monday!
Questions of the day…
What is your body telling you today?
Do you find it challenging to take “rest days”?
Do you enjoy trying new classes?