With just over two weeks until the start of Running after Routledge the final plans are coming together. And, after a great write up in The Northern Echo a few weeks ago, I have been able to make new connections and re-establish a few past ones. In particular, I linked up with a friend from school days, who, I was excited to hear is now a yoga teacher!
It has also been fantastic to talk with people such as Dave Knowles (last week’s interviewee), and at Saturday’s Darlington Park Run I caught up with a few members of Darlington Harriers and Athletics Club who had lots of good advice for surviving multiple days of ‘long runs’.
Alongside training and preparing for the run from Darlington to Southampton I have still been trying to find time to practice yoga – which is tricky, but so worthwhile for this runner’s body, mind, and breath! Recently social media has been a very handy tool – in more ways than one! For those who have access to a smart phone and the Instagram ‘app’, there are usually quite a few ‘challenges’ happening that you can take part in.
At the moment I’m joining in with the Humble Asana challenge (#humbleasana), hosted by Nichole or aka @humblebeginningsyoga! With expert tutorials and lots of fun anecdotes, Nichole is a refreshing yogi to interact with. Each day Nichole posts a yoga pose on Instagram with instructions and advice, and the idea is that the next day you post a reply photo. But, the beauty is that you don’t have to post a photo – you can always take part without putting anything online! Check out the Facebook page for more details: Humble Beginnings Yoga.
But for those who are ‘on’ rather more than ‘off’ line, and like to use twitter, I can highly recommend checking in with Sage Rountree from time to time. Today Sage posted a great yoga exercise for runners, which is possible to do sitting at a desk. Awesome. For the full article read HERE.
One final online recommendation is to read up on, and follow a New York based yoga teacher Tara Stiles (if you haven’t already!). In a blog post today Tara talked about abundance, and how to enjoy it. I’m sure we have all experienced those days when our energy and enthusiasm seem abundant, especially at this time of year when the whole of 2014 lies ahead! You can read the whole blog post HERE but one point made the most sense to me: JOY! Tara’s words read:
“Allow your life to be filled with joy. Not just the joy of when things are going your way, but seek joyous moments for the sake of joy. Celebrate the joy of life. Stop manifesting and remember and revel in the state of natural abundance.”
It’s quite easy to become wrapped up in planning, training, and preparing for what lies ahead, so much so that we might forget the inherent joy there is to be had in simply being active and feeling alive!
Being joyful was also the theme of the week in my wonderful training diary (produced by the Believe I Am duo of Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan):
“Its important to remind ourselves that competition is supposed to be fun! If you look closely, the top performers always seem to be enjoying (“in-joy”) themselves during competitions, even at the high-stress Olympics & World Championship level. This is not by accident. Believe it or not, being joyful in life’s high pressure situations is a choice, and it requires practice!”
Therefore my simple challenge of the week to you all is to find joy in every run, every yoga asana – heck, every moment you can throughout these last few days of January, and carry that joy with you into February and beyond! Roll on 2014!
Happy Trails! Susie