Unfortunately for the last few weeks this website and blog have been fairly out of action. A medical issue sidelined me from running and yoga at the end of September, and a further two weeks of appointment-packed travelling to the UK and California also meant little time for blogging.
The good news is LRY is now back up and running again after the hiatus. The break gave me some time to follow the essential yamas & niyamas, make a few changes to my running goals, but also have some fun at two weddings, seeing lots of family and friends. Thankfully in London I felt fairly back-to-normal and was able to jump in to a few runs and yoga classes with my sister, and brother, who are both serious athletes and have now taken up yoga on a regular basis! It’s pretty awesome to tag along with your siblings to a yoga class in their home towns.
There are a couple of further insights that I would like to share thanks to two great articles in October’s US edition of Vogue, given by a friend for the journey back to Oahu.
In a piece that I am sure resonated with many, writer Jessica Kerwin Jenkins debated her personal and current disenchantment with yoga. By taking time out from yoga, and trying different sports and forms of exercises, the author was able to really get to the heart of the matter and disinterest and concluded:
“It all serves as a great reminder that yoga isn’t the only game in town but also, that working out is supposed to be fun.”
There was also a fascinating essay by a former ballerina, Meg Howrey, that was captivating. Meg wrote about her transition from the ballet-life to being a writer, and the ups and downs she had navigated to make the move to a different mode of living – where perfect body shape and form are not essential, rather, “the interesting task of thinking and doing“. The concluding paragraph of Meg’s article stated that we must learn how to work hard at whatever we do in life, but remember to cut ourselves some slack too:
“You have to take the long view and trust that you will get better, that your understanding will grow, that there is a process to all the things that matter most in life, and that the best things are difficult.”
The words of Jessica & Meg were inspiring, if not slightly daunting, as I sat on the plane back to Oahu already thinking about the week ahead, wondering how and where to pick up training again for the events coming up (Peacock 50km, XTerra, Honolulu Marathon). It is difficult to train for a running event, and especially a marathon, but it is fun – in a way that the focus and attention create a great sense of clarity and pleasure.
There were two big city marathon events over the weekend, Twin Cities and Chicago (it is ten years since Paula Radcliffe ran a record marathon time of 2:17 on the course), in which many thousands of people crossed the finishing line after months of preparation and commitment (including a yogi-runner from Oahu). Would they say it had been difficult but fun? Only one way to find out, watch this space for a report! But as I type there are sixty days to go until the Honolulu marathon and I need to find my running legs again, so, first things first – which bag are my shoes in?