I hated the yoga. HATED IT. I don’t get the breathing. I’m not even remotely flexible. I had horrific pain in my back the whole time. I really disliked the DVD. The lady doing the yoga was creepy looking and doing on a circular shag carpet.
Now I only did 20 minutes from the beginning of the DVD and was hoping to use this to promote more stretching in my world. Perhaps the last 40 minutes will have something to do with stretching besides breathing like a “happy puppy.” You think? Stick your tongue out and pant like a “happy puppy?” REALLY!?!?!
Sorry. Just can’t get myself to take that seriously. Maybe I’m a snob.
The other thing? I had the dishwasher going on downstairs as the hubby started it before he left for work, and the cat was obsessive about rubbing up against me while I was trying to “deep breathe with my eyes closed.”
I’ll give it another shot, but so far not so good. Any suggestions on good DVDs to check into? Any that are particularly for runners? This one did not seem geared toward that particular sport at all.
OK…so then I did 10 minutes of a stretching workout video. FINALLY I felt like something I was doing was worth while this morning. I definitely learned some good stretches that I hope to incorporate before and after my runs. I’ll admit to you all that I hardly stretch before or after runs. *GASP* I know. The horror! Perhaps that’s why I’ve had knee crud going on in the past. No more, though. I’m gonna stretch myself to Gumby before and after all runs.
I finished up with 15 minutes of a strength training DVD. I am trying to do a lot of my strength training with free weights. The hubs and I went to Target last night to get me a double set of at least 5lb weights, but of course they were all out. So I had to do my strength workout with my trusty old Reebok 2 lb. free weights. What’s funny is that I actually felt like the 2 lbs were doing something, though. So maybe it’s a start? Here was my problem…A lot of the strength training DVD dealt with “plie” moves. My knee was cracking SO loud. At one point, my cat jumped up from the sound of my knee cracking, shrieked, and ran away. Plie moves aren’t workin for me. So I wonder if there’s a way to adapt those squats with my knees together more? I mean seriously it sounded like the knees of a 97-year-old full of arthritis. Not cool.
So I’m feeling a bit more stretched out, my arms are feelin “good,” but my knees are cracking like crazy.
Day #1 of this new plan was kind of a bust. No worries. I’m not giving up on yoga. I just need to find one geared towards runners, I think.
I also need heavier weights.
And I need the cat to be shut away in the bedroom.
And now I’m off to work for the rest of the day…Happy Monday, friends!