I discovered four important things in the past few days:
1. I LOVE breathing air full of oxygen at sea level
2. My body has gotten stronger and more flexible in just one week of committed yoga practice
3. My yoga mat was REALLY dirty (It had to take a shower with me yesterday!)
4. Salsa music makes me run faster!
I spent most of our long weekend in Colorado sick and the altitude didn’t help matters! I was mostly better by Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend anyway but it’s nice to be back at sea level, done with the nose bleeds, bad night’s sleep and cold air! The skiing was good but windy and it took all of my concentration to relax and sink into each run. That said, I felt easy on the slopes and am looking forward to next time! My proudest moment came when we were waiting in the lift line and up next for loading. I was giggling at the ski instructor in front of us who’d somehow managed to slide off the chair while loading- and when our gate opened and closed to let us through to the chairs, I found myself still on the other side of the gate while my husband and the others sharing the chair loaded up and took off without me. I felt like a total idiot as I waited for the gate to open again, then took my own chair up the mountain. My husband entertained himself the rest of the weekend by saying “ready, go” to me each time we loaded onto a lift. Good times…
Yesterday was one of those busy “first day home in a while” days and I didn’t manage to get to the gym. The yoga video from the 21 day challenge was a repeat of Day 1. The circle sequence was really fun this time and my body actually felt good moving in and out of each pose. The only problem was, my yoga mat was so dirty that my feet kept sticking and I couldn’t move fast enough to keep up. Yuck!!! I took it into the shower with me right after practice and turned my shower blue as the mat’s color washed out along with the dirt. It’s now hanging on the clothes line outside, still blue and much fresher!
Today we did a repeat of last week’s morning sequence and I think I’m adding this one to my daily routine (at least sometimes!). I did it mid- morning when my body was already warm but it was super energizing and I finished it ready for my workout! I’ll post the link for the practice on my yoga page in case anybody wants to try it.
The highlight of today was my amazing run to the beach. I cranked up my salsa music and ran fast, totally wearing myself out, and taking little dance breaks along the way. When I got to the beach I decided to pretend I was that happy person in the movie who breaks into song and dance in the middle of the run because he/she is in such a good mood and life is going so well (Fame, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…. anyone??). Me and myself did a little salsa dancing while we watched the waves crash and enjoyed the sunshine! Then it was time to turn around and make my way home. I danced for the buffalo, then again for my neighbors as I was getting my house keys out. What a fun way to fit in my run and practice a few moves!