My blog has been pretty quiet lately. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed: a lot of work, a new routine. It hit me hard, and much like when your body is under stress and shuts down non-essential functions, I had to do the same. I cut out the extracurricular writing and focused as much as I could on my work. I signed up for my next half marathon and began training. And I hit the iron hard: in addition to three days a week of regular CrossFit, I’m now doing a barbell technique class. My workout week now looks like:
Tuesday: Speedwork intervals
Thursday: Barbell class, tempo run
Saturday: Long run
Sunday: Rest, gentle yoga
I’ve taken some time to care for myself: shutting down my computer in the evenings, taking baths in the awesome whirlpool tub in my new house. I’m trying to do things mindfully: drink my coffee, eat, even sit.
Finally, I’ve come to terms with the fact that, for now, I have to give up the barre to get good at the bar.It doesn’t mean that I will never go back to a ballet class, but it does mean that I want to give as much of my muscle memory as possible to CrossFit. Plies aren’t squats. What I do need is flexibility, and that’s why yoga has shown up in my schedule. Yesterday was a beautiful fall Texas day, and I took my mat outside, did lots of restorative poses, and enjoyed the wind chimes in my backyard.
So really, it’s been about acceptance and self-care. It’s not easy. But I’m slowly reaching out of my overwhelmed pit and returning to humanity.