Life has been busy. So busy in fact that I checked my blog to see the date of my last post…surely it was in December. Wrong! How could it be that I haven’t posted since November?! I’ve been MIA but I guess you already knew that.
Let’s talk about life lately, shall we? It seems like a fitting topic since I haven’t been around much.
You may or may not remember that I was promoted in September at work. It has been quite the transition from manager to director. No one really tells you how challenging and humbling that transition will be. Instead most people tell you congratulations and that you’ve earned it. The last few months have been equal parts challenging, frustrating, exciting and rewarding. I finally feel like I’m starting to find my stride, my ideas are being heard and things are moving forward. All good things. My weeks have been particularly busy- filled and focused on my job. Truthfully, it’s tiring to make the transition. I certainly feel like it’s challenged me as a professional, there have been some incredibly hard days, lessons and decisions to make and simultaneously some rewarding and fulfilling moments as well. In fact, I think this job has given me a whole new perspective on what a job can offer you and that definition of a “good day at work”. As each day passes, I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the role and thankful for this challenge and opportunity to grow and develop.
Beyond the job, M and I have been busy planning our wedding! It’s been so fun to choose our venue, set the date and bring our vision and ideas to life! Choosing the caterer was one of the most fun parts. I loved going to all the tastings. Trying and tasting all the food was a blast and I loved hearing all the wedding day tips and tricks from the catering managers. My mom and my cousin (she’s my maid of honor) made a special trip to Boston just before Thanksgiving to help me find the perfect wedding gown. That experience was pretty amazing and all that I’ve ever hoped and dreamed it would be. We found my dream dress pretty quickly and I’m so in love! I seriously can’t wait to walk down the aisle! We have lots to do in the next 11 months but we’re taking it one thing at a time and enjoying the process.
I know you’re probably thinking…what about yoga and running?! After all that’s what this blog is about! I’ve been staying active but in a new way for me. It feels so good to be mixing things up and the best part is that it feels so much less stressful and so much more enjoyable!
I’ve been spending a lot more time on the yoga mat, I’m still not practicing as much as I’d like but it’s enough for now. Every Sunday I head to one of my favorite studios for a Sunday morning flow and during the week I focus on my home practice.
I’ve also introduced barre workouts into my weekly workouts and I’m in love with the class. I look forward to it everyday Friday morning and the results I’m seeing in just 4 weeks are awesome. My arms and abs are more toned and I feel like my legs are slimming down as well. It’s really fun and I leave the hour class feeling the burn!
Here and there I’ve been getting to the gym to get in some low impact cardio on the elliptical and treadmill. I haven’t been running outside more than a handful of times since October which is probably the biggest change for me. It’s not been a focus for me right now and that’s ok. For the last 6 or 7 months I’ve been experiencing pain in my right hip and low back. All summer I trained through it but after my half marathons in October it became really irritated. Resting it has definitely been helping and the barre has been strengthening it which feels good. I’m still not 100% with it so I’m trying to really rest and recover. Beyond my hip I’ve been experiencing a lot of wheezing and breathing issues when I try to run outside that I have really hindered me. The cold air and I are just not getting along. When I was in high school and college skiing and racing I struggled with cold-weather induced asthma. I seemed to out grow it in my early 20′s and trained for Boston Marathon 2 years ago without any issues. Towards the end of last winter it started to bother me but before I knew it the weather warmed up and I felt fine. This October it came on the vengeance as soon as the temperature started dropping. It makes running outside really frustrating and discouraging. I have a doctor’s appointment in the next week or so to get both things checked out. I’m hoping that I can get these issues resolved and hopefully start running a bit again!
Despite my hip and my breathing issues I’m feeling really great. My body is appreciating the change in workouts and I feel stronger and more rested than I have in ages. I’m only working out 3-4 times a week which is a lot less than normal. I think I just needed this break. Surprisingly I haven’t gained any weight and am actually feeling really lean lately. I’ve definitely noticed that my appetite has adjusted. I’m a lot less hungry than I was just a few months ago and find myself snacking less and skipping the second helping more often. I even find myself reaching towards the sweets less! I’m not sure how long this little change-up will last but I’m certainly enjoying it and in no rush to get back to my normal routine.
I’ve also been thinking a bit about this blog lately. I feel like I’ve evolved over the last few months and the blog needs to as well. I’m still not quite sure what that looks like or what the focus will be but I can tell you I want to keep writing and sharing my passions of running and yoga with you all. And I’d like to share them more often too! I’d love if you’d tell me what posts you’ve been missing from me lately, or if there is something you’d like me to talk about more often! I want to be sure I incorporate that too!
So that’s life lately. It’s been crazy busy, challenging, fun and filled with love. All good things in my book!