Monday, February 16, 2009

A Post-Valentine's Weekend Post

I like to think that I do a decent job at balancing my life.  However, sometimes in the winter I have a tendency to not get out quite as often as I do in the summer.  I think this is normal for a lot of people, especially in climates that can be cold.  

About this time of year, I find myself itching to get a bit more active again.  I'll even brave the cold weather a bit more than I would in say, January.  I think it's because I know that spring is on the horizon, and any day now I'll start pulling out all my cute summery tops that I know and love.

In an effort to not be a crazy cat lady this Valentine's Day, I went to a small party at a somewhat old and somewhat new friend's pad.  I sort of knew this gal in college, but we never really hung out much before.  I appreciate the invite to her party and, even though I knew I wouldn't know anyone there really well, I put on some cute clothes and headed out there.

I had a blast.  There was nothing in particular that made it super exciting.  There was pizza and beverages and music and Wii and laughter and catching up.  You get my jist.  It was a comfortable evening.  I left feeling a new sense of energy about connecting with people that I hadn't felt in a while.  It felt good.

All in all, I had a pretty nice weekend.  I got to spend some time with some other friends as well as relax a bit.  I ventured out on Sunday for the yoga class at the Y, where the teacher may or may not have been flirting with me.  I have a hard time telling sometimes whether a guy is flirting or just being polite.  I wasn't sure what I was in for when I saw him walking up (I'm rarely approached by guys at the gym), and I was really uncertain when he opened with, "I'm going to go out on a limb here..." and a dramatic pause.  The rest of the sentence was a simple "you're here for yoga, aren't you?"  (My yoga mat may have been the big clue on this one.)

After about five minutes, he worked it into the conversation that he was teaching the class.  I was absolutely clueless.  I've never been when he's been teaching before.  By that point, I decided he was just being friendly to a student.  Even so, it's probably the biggest conversation I've had at the gym in months... (of course, there was at least one month I didn't go anyways.)

Today was a busy day at work (we don't get President's Day off), but the boss took me to Red Lobster.  I LOVE those cheese biscuits.

I also worked in another run.  This time I walked 2 minutes, ran 10 minutes, and then repeated it twice more.  I know I'll bounce back sooner rather than later, but my lungs are definitely still killing me.  And sometimes my left leg feels like a separate entity.  Other than that, things are going well.

Hope everyone had a terrific weekend!  I've got some fun things going on this week.  There's certainly much to be happy about today.


Sharneysrun said...

Yay for another successful run, Mel! You are doing awesome and will be back in gear in no time! Yoga is something I definitely want to try. I hear that it is a great supplement for running.

I'm glad you had so much fun at the party! It's always great to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things! Good for you :-)

Nicole said...

I just love those cheesy biscuits. I could seriously eat so many. I'm scared to know how many i could consume, good thing i'm a runner!

Great job with your running. Ive never done yoga outside of high school... our track coach attempted that once and we all just ended up giggling at how serious he was and how incredibly stupid he looked. It was very funny so no one ever took it serious.

I bet yoga is actually fun if you werent giggling with 10-20 girls about 'immature' thoughts lol

Running and living said...

Sounds like a great V-day. Glad you made it out and had fun!

The runs will get easier and speedier in time. I know how hard they can be - I used to feel so dissapointed when I returned to running after my stress fracture. Pretty soon you are going to be back to your preinjury fitness level! Ana-Maria

Jocelyn said...

Nice Valentines day. Great job on the run...and congrats on maybe getting hit on my the yoga teacher. :)

Amy said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! Great job on the run... you're really doing great recovering!

Sooooo.. was the yoga instructor cute???? :)

Anyway, to answer your question about my training plan... I've always been a Hal Higdon follower... I've done both advanced and the intermediate plans. Right now, I'm just kind of using the Advanced 2 as a general guide instead of an all out plan.

aron said...

great job on the running!!! yay :)

sounds like v-day was sooo fun. its so great to get out and meet new people like that. i know it took me a while to really make friends when i moved up here, but just in the past year (thank you running!) it has really helped and just makes your life feel more complete. great job :)

Xenia said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I also can't tell whether or not I'm being chatted up or not. You wouldn't happen to be a sagitarrius too, would you? I'm told obliviousness is one of the characteristics of my sign. :)

Amanda said...

It sounds to me like he was flirting;)