I'm linking up with the lovely ladies today for Friday Five 2.0 and the fabulous Marcia for Runfessions. First of all, how is it already the end of January!
I have a few things on my mind to Runfess...
To tell you the truth... I'm still living on my "marathon high" ... and sometimes in disbelief that I ran 26.2 miles. Meb was right when he said that it would be life changing.
I am really hooked on Yin Yoga. I took my first class a couple of weeks ago, there were several newbies in the class so the teacher explained a little what it was ... during which he said that it was all about training your mind to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I am usually drawn to a more physical type of yoga, but there is something to be said for training your mind... I can see it helping me in running and in life in general (the hip opener poses are quite therapeutic as well). It is hard, but just in a different way.
While I have set my running goals for the year, I'm still working on what personal goals/aspirations I want to set for the year. I do have some ideas - get into a regulary meditation practice, get out of bed when my first alarm goes off... I just need to commit to them.
I have signed up as a volunteer at my local marathon in March! I'm excited to "pay it forward". I planned it so I will be able to cheer on the runners as they pass by my neighborhood, then go volunteer. So if anyone is running The Woodlands Marathon... look for me around mile 4 and at the finish line!
On a serious note... a woman was grabbed while walking her dog on a pathway near where I run. Thankfully, her dog (a Rottweiler), attacked the assailant and nothing more happened, unfortunately he got away. This incident has set off my "safety officer"... as it probably should, but we are currently at odds. I have upped my precautions of safety while running... running with the dogs or in a group, carrying mace, leaving headphones at home ... but my "safety officer" is not pleased with my decision to keep running. While I know this is serious, I just refuse to let fear cripple me.
What do you have to runfessions do you have? Have you considered not running or taking it inside due to a safety incident near you?
I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup and with Marcia's Healthy Slice for Runfessions.