Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fri: 40 as 2:1. Sat: 90 alternating 8 as 3:1 and 8 as 1:1. Not very fun but it is done! Gotta find some way to fix this cluster of pesky injuries.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday run/yoga

Morning: 1hr (a few mins short) as 20 1:1, 20 4:1, 20 1:1.
Evening: FINALLY back at yoga! 90 min hot yin yang. Gosh it is hot and gosh I am not flexible! But happy to be back at it. That was 2 weeks since my last class (I would normally have been back on Tuesday this week but it was P's birthday party in the evening) - noticeable fact is that once it's not a habit, a mild aversion/phobia starts to develop, it takes more and more effort to overcome - this is the reason it is good I run every day....

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Just did 30 as 2:1. Will do longer one tomorrow on non-teaching day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Ugh, out of sorts today - was tired yesterday and then couldn't sleep till FOREVER, did finally get to sleep but felt awful when I got up and basically went back to bed in a big way. Feeling immature and annoyed with myself for not doing a better job staying on top of pretty basic life stuff! Anyway, 40 as 2:1, MUST prioritize getting some improvement on this hamstring/hip/back stuff when I am back in NYC (also MUST lose weight, ugh, my least favorite and most impossible task)...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Back at it!

Did do 30 as 2:1 last Wednesday before leaving for my trip. No running while I was away but much more general activity than usual (Thursday: Albi, lots of clambering up ramparts; Friday: Toulouse, lots of city exploration; Saturday: trail walk with pup!). Today, end of day 30 as 1:1 (it was a scramble to get ready to teach after having been away).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Mon.: 30 as 1:1
Tues.: 40 as 2:1

Didn't flake on yoga goal, but felt that I needed to give problem areas some rest - inflammation....

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Not sure what happened to good reporting practices! Did my run all three days Fri-Sat-Sun, Sat was arduous due to more than usually knotted-up glute and heavy cold rain, have taken these days off from yoga as I think I overdid it slightly on Thursday...

Fri: 30 min easy/mod as 2:1
Sat: 90 min moderate as 2:1 and 4:1 alternating
Sun: 1 hour easy as 1:1 and 2:1

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Yoga! (?)

The exclamation point is insincere! It really was just too hot, I was done about an hour in and would have been much better off without the additional thirty minutes, which includes several things I can't really do and caused me several times just to flop to the mat in despair and overheating. I was tired beforehand and thought about not going, knew I'd have self-castigation, but it is possible that 7pm yoga is just undesirably late for me and that I should find another class to go to instead.

90 minutes overly warm hot yin yang!


Wed: 30 as 1:1; Thurs: 30 as 2:1.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


It was a bit of a funny day, with needless anxiety worked up around various minor life tasks (figuring out how to wire money from my bank account, buying a stamp to mail a letter - the thought of the second was causing such stress that I blame it for the long afternoon nap!), but everything got resolved, I started the day with a nice run and ended it just now with a super yoga class. Feeling good about things.

1hr mix of 2:1 and 1:1 (latter on hills)
1.5hr hot hatha

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday short and easy!

Because my seminar (the proper one - there's an associated research seminar on Wednesdays, but prep is less intensive) is Monday afternoon, I am usually spending Sunday evenings this semester finishing the readings, and then Monday morning frantically typing up notes for class. Put sitting at the computer for a couple hours together with run-run-yoga from weekend and it is a recipe for exceptional stiffness as I head out! Fortunately just needed to do 30 as 1:1 - was glad it was nothing more challenging....

Sunday, March 11, 2018


90 min hot ying yang. And yes, after 8 weeks of modest but consistent attendance (I missed the whole week that Brent was here, but every other week has been solid, including the week I was in Cayman), my mobility is definitely improved. I was defeated by a couple things near the end of class (by that point, too, I am in such a puddle of sweat that there is little incentive to try and focus and aspire to something impossible), but mostly I am doing much better! (The two things I can't do both involve holding big toe in fingers and then in one case extending the leg and getting it up behind your head and in the other, lying on your back, extending it to the ceiling and then lowering to the right - my body is not made to do this!)

My "15 classes before Toulouse" plan was probably unrealistic, the back situation means it is important not to overdo it, but I might try a few of these yin classes again this week on top of the ones I can definitely do - I think my French yoga comprehension is better enough now that it won't be as difficult as it was at the beginning of the semester! (To state the obvious, it is impossible to relax your head - the ongoing goal of 90% of yin postures - if you have to keep on popping it up to see what everyone else is doing and supplement incomprehension of what the teacher said!)


I didn't end up going to yoga yesterday, as the one on offer was the strenuous hot hatha 90 and I was aware that my back had already had enough of a workout for the day. That was definitely the right choice, back rather sore during wakeful spells overnight (huge rainstorm that left in its wake - SPRING!). The park today is bursting with joggers and families - pony rides on a Sunday!

1hr with mix of 2:1 and 1:1 (the latter mostly just on the long uphills)

Saturday, March 10, 2018


did it in local park rather than bothering with the bus: 80 mins alternating 10 as 4:1 and 10 as 2:1 (or as we prefer to say round here "2 x 2:1, 1 x 3:1"!). Must now get in shower, it's mild but rainy and I am going to be freezing after another minute of sitting in wet clothes!

Friday, March 9, 2018


Just 30 as 2:1. Nice mild morning. Having a lot of postnasal drip (and eyeballs were very sore and sensitive yesterday) - I think we are coming up on allergy season...

Thursday, March 8, 2018


am: 30 as 1:1 (pretty nice)
pm: 90 minutes hot yin-yang yoga (less intense series than the hot hatha 90, but intense regardless because of heat. I WAS A PUDDLE OF SWEAT!)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday run!

1hr alternating 2:1 and 3:1. In aftermath of yesterday's good yoga I can feel much tenderness along right side from spinal erector down to knee - not, I hasten to add, in the "it was broke already and I made it more broke" fashion, more just the way that when something hasn't been right for a long time and you work it gently but thoroughly, there will be some residue of soreness the next day. I need some more PT!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


That was really good, I am glad I roused myself for it (was feeling distinctly inertial - on the couch about halfway through the long Convolute J on Baudelaire, really once I'm on a roll I'd rather read till I'm done!). Each teacher does a few slightly different tweaks, but I love the underlying sequence they've developed for this hot hatha 60/90 (today was 90 and it was pretty darn great!) - I have to see if I can get one of them to tell me the sources and rationale (it's not so much the sort of thing you can research online!)...

90 mins hot hatha

Mon.-Tues. catchup

Yesterday: 30 as 1:1 (teaching day is tiring and basically needs to only have easy short am run). Slept longer than I meant to but feeling very cheery this morning, a nice run (not as balmy as I thought it would be!), 40 as 2:1. Because I got up so late, I'll go to 5pm yoga rather than 1pm, that's good too...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday yoga

90 minutes hot yin yang, it was amazing! The sweat was pouring off me as if out of a jug, but it wasn't emotionally overwhelming like it was the other day. This might be my favorite teacher-class combo: the sequence they have put together is really, really good.

Sunday rainy run

Back to the winter weather I like so much here, 40F maybe and rainy and very mild. 1hr alternating 2:1 and 1:1 - that was good, I wasn't feeling full of vim as I set out but it's a nice easy way of getting in an hour of time on feet.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Not sure why yesterday never got logged except that I was in a minor frenzy of work and other activity.

Friday: 30 as 1:1; 1hr of grotesquely over-hot and humid hot hatha that had me regretting the fact that I ever heard of hot yoga!

Saturday: 80 written as alternating 10 as 2:1, 10 as 4:1 - David writes these ones where the numbers aren't divisible to try and desensitize me to chaos! My brain wants to impose order, so: 4 x 20 as (2 x 2:1, 1 x 3:1, 2 x 4:1). Nice Luxembourg loops. Now freezing after waiting at bus stop to come home, and need proper food, but feeling good about getting that done. Back a bit sore but more I think as aftermath of working it in yoga, not the dreaded lower-back tight pain.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


100 times better than yesterday esp. due to setting out with thin enough socks that my toes weren't exploding with pain! (Really I am stiff and cumbersome right now, just shuffling along, but it's still pretty enjoyable, sore/stiff parts notwithstanding.) 1hr alternating 3 x 2:1 and 2 x 3:1. It's milder now and the yoga this morning was beneficial. I am visiting friends at the end of the month, leaving on the 25th, and I think it's time for a yoga challenge - don't think every day is realistic (I am every day for running and you can really only have one daily exercise commitment like that or it starts to be too much), but I think I can try and do fifteen classes before my trip - call this morning's 1/15.


That was really, really good. 10am Bikram, I would have sworn it was MUCH less hot than it should be but one of the other teachers said afterwards that really it's just that it was uncharacteristically low humidity. Anyway, whatever it was, I'll take it! Thinking about some sort of minor self-imposed yoga challenge, I really need it right now....

1.5hr hot yoga