The start of fall opera season has not been conducive to working out and having extra energy. Plus, when I have had the time to do something, I haven’t wanted to spend my free time writing about it! I’ve made a commitment to practice yoga every other day, so on the mornings when I roll out of bed and onto my mat, that usually takes the place of an aerobic workout. I also rediscovered the elliptical trainer last week and enjoyed 30 minutes of “running in the clouds” last Friday and yesterday. The grey outdoors have been so very unappealing that I don’t even want to be outside, and I haven’t made it back downtown to the warm pool. Rumor has it, the Presidio pool’s pump is fixed so maybe I check it out tomorrow. I do love my gym workouts because of all the props available to me for my floor work and core exercises. I always come out of there feeling stronger and energized.
My exercise faux-pas of the week was waking up early Sunday morning (after a late show) to bike to the farmers market (with my violin on my back) on the way to a long day of rehearsal and concert at Stern Grove. If I’d gotten more sleep and hadn’t over-bought produce (as usual) I would have been fine, but by the time I left the market and began bumping along a bike lane in very bad repair, I knew I’d overdone it. I carefully made my way to Stern Grove, happy that all of my bags were securely strapped to my bike, and was thrilled to find my cyclist friend waiting for me at the entrance. She’d guessed that I would have no clue how to actually get to the stage from the bike route! By mid morning, I was so tired I wanted to put my violin down and cry (which I did on lunch break as I called my husband). He agreed to meet me and haul by bike and produce home after the concert. I survived the freezing concert knowing I’d have a ride waiting at the end and a warm bath at home. Bonus… dinner was made while I soaked in the tub. How did I get so lucky?
I took Monday off from aerobic exercise and walked to the outer Richmond to meet a friend for coffee. I had time to spare before my acupuncture appointment, so I wandered around the park for 1/2 hour first. In my appointment a strange thing happened. Every needle he put into my legs hurt! I rarely feel a needle go in and almost never ask him to remove one, but I couldn’t stand it. Most of them were in spots that had to do with digestion. Hmmm… I’ve been working with less dairy lately, which seems to be improving my skin and decreasing stomach pain. I’m sure it’s all related.
Time to get moving with my day. More whenever I get around to it….