I missed the #fitblog chat on Twitter last night because I was meeting my friend Robyn at the gym for yoga. I got there early enough to attempt my first run at 2.5 miles!
This is a big step for me because I know that ITB syndrome can flare up again around 2.5/3 mile mark. I have a follow-up appointment next week with the sports medicine Doc and I wanted to be able to give him a report at 3 miles. I think I will fall short of that and only be at 2.75 miles–body willing–but that’s close enough.
I hopped on the treadmill and pounded out 2.5 miles with no incident! I am really happy with that. Towards the end of my run I increased the speed to 4.8. I did that because I was trying to reach 2.5 before the yoga class started. So I think I pushed it a little too much. Oh well.
After my run (yay!) Robyn and I joined the yoga class. Back in November I was taking yoga pretty regularly (once a week) and was starting to see some improvement in my balance and strength. Yeah….that’s all gone now. I’m starting from scratch again.
Yoga felt great last night. The teacher seemed to be focusing on the back. Lots of poses for the back stretch like Camel Pose:
And Cobra Pose:
I need to teach Michael these poses for his back. It’s been hurting him for two weeks now. Poor guy. 🙁
My new favorite yoga pose is Tree Pose. It really puts me at peace.
I had a good workout and a good time at yoga.
Calories Burned: 537
Activities: Return to Running Plan, Yoga
I celebrate the commercial holiday of Christmas–the tree, Santa, presents, etc. But really in my personal life I celebrate Yule. Yule is the Winter Solstice–also known as the shortest day of the year.
The shortest day of the year usually falls on December 21st or 22nd each year and in turn the longest day of the year is the Summer Solstice on June 21st or 22nd.
Part of the tradition involves burning a Yule Log. It’s a celebration of the returning sun! Thankfully! And for good luck in the new year.
The other component to Yule is eating a delicious winter dinner–often times I make soup. This year I slacked off. My schedule was just too busy and things didn’t line up like I wanted them to. But Michael made a delicious dinner so I’m going to call that our Yule Dinner.
QUESTION: Do you celebrate any other holidays besides Christmas? What is your favorite holiday tradition?