In following up from yesterdays’ post, I am talking today about my efforts to “Let go” of the physical and mental stress from running and training. I promise I won’t be talking about this stuff every day until November 23rd. It was too much to include everything in yesterday’s post, and this will be more specific to how I spent my Sunday combating the effects of training. Obviously one day won’t make 10 weeks of stressful training disappear, but its a step in the right direction.
I had stayed at my parent’s house on Saturday night to have dinner with them and some friends. Something about staying at my parents’ house is relaxing in itself- like I am back to being a kid who has no responsibilities. So being there I woke up in a good mindset- early as usual- and drank some coffee while catching up on blogs.
I decided to go to a yoga class that is halfway between their house and my place. I had never been to that studio (it’s the same chain as the one I usually go to) and it was a 90 minute hot vinyasa class- my favorite. I got there nice and early and found out it was a sub. She introduced herself and went on to talk about how we were going to do a hip opening practice with some flows and holding poses for awhile to really let go of all the junk we hold onto in our hips. I wanted to run up there and hug her because that’s exactly the kind of class I was looking for. But I stayed on my mat and got into the zen mindset, whatever that is.
I think I have only taken a weekend yoga class one other time. Usually I go after work at 5:30. I realized very quickly that I do SO much better staying focused and relaxed during yoga when I haven’t been at work all day. I was actually able to relax and I was just picturing all of that “junk” just leaving my hips while I hung out in pigeon. Amazing. Even savasana was relaxed. Usually I am making lists in my head of 50 things I will do as soon as I step off my mat. This time I think I did it correctly by just letting my thoughts go.
After class I felt like a new person, mentally and physically. And it was a beautiful fall day. I even pulled over on my drive home to take a picture.
After I got home it was time to get ready for part 2 of my mission to relax- a sports massage! I had a coupon for $10 off during my birthday month so decided to treat myself (don’t tell Rob….its a good thing he doesn’t read my blog…) So I get there not knowing what to expect because I’ve never had a sports massage and how about this coincidence: the girl doing my massage was also training for the Philadelphia marathon! I knew I was in good hands.(haha get it?) It was amazing and I had no idea how tight my back, shoulders, and hamstrings were. I clearly neglect those areas with the foam roller.
I got home and was happy to have dinner cooking in the crock pot. I plopped myself on the couch with my laptop and a glass of wine, and embraced all of the relaxation from the day. If only I could carry a piece of that with me every day.
And finished off the night with some fro-yo. The cleaner eating I talked about yesterday started Monday:)
What is your favorite way to combat the stress of running and training?
Have you ever had a sports massage?