Many people want to head straight for the finish line before they have even gotten to the start line or even started training. I, myself, am no exception. Patience isn’t always my specialty or a virtue that I posses. To be honest, I’m not sure that I have any specialty but live by the expression Jack of all trades. Master of none. That’s me. I’m cool with that. A little of this. A little of that.
Right now like so many people staying at home, I’ve got a lot of time on my hand. I’ve filled a lot of it with baking. This week alone I have made Mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream, Rose Water Cupcakes with Rose Water buttercream, and today I’ve made bagels for the first time. That is a lot of goodies. I need to balance out these extra calories with a more sedentary lifestyle by adding more exercise.
I’m not sure if I mentioned that we semi converted our garage into a home gym. We don’t have a lot but we’ve got more than others and enough to get the job done. I’ve also been dabbling with the Nike Training App which currently has free upgraded access to the premium workouts. I’ve really been enjoying the workouts. They have all different types of workouts. I’ve done tried all the different types (endurance, mobility, strength and yoga).
I will further say that I enjoy the endurance workouts on days that I am not running which due to the weather has been a decent amount. I feel that these will help me push myself while running. The Mobility has been great for cool downs, hip opening, and general flexibility. What I’ve really been spending some time on is the different yoga routines. Several years ago, I regularly practiced at a Hot Yoga studio. It was intense. It was a workout. It helped with flexibility and balance which I could desperately need. I loved it and I really don’t know why I stopped. As I said before, I let other workouts fall to the wayside as I focused more on my running. I’m reminded recently how these all go hand in hand and can be beneficial.
What I also noticed besides how tight my legs are is that I forgot how strong you must be to do yoga. I remind myself that when I am holding my body with up that is a pretty decent amount. I also thought that in order to improve, I will need to continue to practice because as the saying goes practice makes perfect. Although is their perfect in yoga? Just good form which I don’t have either. A work in progress.
So I will practice. I will remind myself that as cool as it would be to be able to a handstand or any of the inversion movements that I must start at the beginning. Like a marathon, you can’t just show up and expect to get to the finish line. So I begin at the beginning with the basics. The basics for me are not so basic anyway. I need to find muscles that I forgot to use. I need a core which has gone MIA. I need to start at the beginning.
It is these beginning steps which make crossing even the smallest finish lines worthwhile. If everything came easy, they would be no sense of accomplishments. And while I have a long ways to go, I am still proud of how far I’ve come even if that just means entering my garage to practice yoga or any workout.
I further admit that I needed to remind myself of all of this because it is easy to throw in the towel and say, “Well I can’t do it.” Really what we need to say is “I can’t do it today but I will eventually be able to do it and if I can’t I enjoyed the process.”
So here I am enjoying the process.