Things I love about today: a cool eight mile run ending at Lake Eola, a giant surprise carrot cake cupcake, iced coffee at my favorite coffee shop and swing dancing tonight.
Things I don’t love about today: my unhappy hip.
I took a 6am yoga class with my lululemon team Wednesday morning at Full Circle. It was a glorious way to wake up and it was fun to practice with so many awesome people.
The flow class included a lot of deep hip openers and balancing poses that put a lot of pressure on my hips. Normally I’d back off and modify the poses or skip the series and rest in child’s pose.
Our teacher mixed up the flow and kept us guessing in which pose was next. I focused too much on keeping up rather than checking in on how I was feeling. Plus, I was focused on looking good. I wanted to look like a great yogi who could keep up with the rest of my team so I pushed deeper than I should and stayed in poses even when my hip was crying.
The pain for the rest of the day was terrible. I took the rest of Wednesday off exercise. And Thursday. I’m amazed that it wasn’t running a marathon and doing CrossFit irritated my hip- it was a basic, early-morning yoga flow.
This morning I felt good so I set out for a long run. Almost halfway through I had to stop at an intersection and the pain in my hip flared up immediately. I hobbled my way down the block to Lake Eola and hung out with the swans until Richard could pick me up.
Lesson learned. Listen to your body.
Since it’s Friday, a funny video for anyone who loves or hates CrossFit, laughing or Reebok:
Do you find it harder to listen to your body when doing lower impact things like yoga?