As you may remember in my recent “look ahead” post, I was worried that a week without running might happen… and that is exactly what happened. But fear not! I spent a very active week doing lots of yoga, standup paddle boarding, and swimming in beautiful Rincon, Puerto Rico. In fact, I got in more exercise on this trip than I do in a typical week.
Each day of the retreat, we had two 90 minute daily yoga sessions and 2 hours of paddle boarding or yoga on the paddle boards. I tried out surfing for the first time… and failed! And I got in a bunch of swimming in the pool, something that I love but rarely do anymore thanks to NYC’s lack of pools and frigid ocean temperatures. In addition to all of the exercise, I was excited to have a week of homemade, healthy, locally sourced meals that I didn’t have to cook! I love cooking, but it was a nice break and all of the fresh island seafood and fruits and veggies were perfection.
If anything, I feel mentally more ready to tackle my goals for the year. But I also felt a lot of my muscles getting stronger from using them in new ways. Taking this trip reenforced the importance of cross-training in my routine to make sure that I continue to push my body in new ways while giving it a break from running. I was also reminded of the importance of working out or just being active in a group for motivation, support, and guidance. Our group of 11 people had 3 yoga teachers with us, so there was a lot of 1-on-1 attention and that built a lot of confidence and provided a lot of encouragement that is lacking in some of the larger group classes I have taken.
I flew back to NYC just in time for the blizzard and was unable to run on Saturday due to the road conditions and the gym being closed. I enjoyed the lazy snow day and did some stretching indoors. Today, I was also unable to run due to the road conditions. However, I did make a treacherous walk to CVS that involved scaling a few snow banks and avoiding large sheets of ice, so I’m counting it as exercise even though it was only about 2 miles round trip.
Tomorrow is the start of a new week and I am psyched to get back into a running routine!