An old injury of sorts flared up early last week. It’s nothing serious and I certainly won’t bore you with the details. Over the last few years I’ve learned (the hard way) to listen up and give my body a break. Specifically, a break from running.
This is not easy for me. Running regularly makes my body feel and my mind clear. So, I’m trying not to overreact too much about the running hiatus. Since the injury is mostly aggravated with impact, I can maintain lots of other low-impact activities to keep my fitness going. And the silver lining is, taking running out of the equation opens me up to new activities and different cross-training.
On Sunday, when I was planning my workouts for the week, I started to get all bummed (and crazy anxious) about the running break. I mean, that means I cant do this routine. Or this one. Or run here. After moping around for the morning, I took a deep breath and reminded myself of how many other workouts there are for me to take advantage of. I ended up with a pretty darn awesome, fun and kick ass workout schedule for the week.
With the Bodenettes at camp two mornings this week, I have a few hours to work on my fitness without having to use the 24 Hour Fitness Kid’s Club. Normally I would hit the trails in Forest Park for a long run. Instead, I am checking out a few new studios in Portland! I love visiting new studios – it’s a great place to meet new people, be inspired by group energy and engage in new physical challenges.
With four hours free yesterday, I fit in a ride at Burncycle and a Hot Power Fusion class at Core Power Yoga. It was a killer combo – a high intensity 45 minute cycle experience followed by a challenging, yet slow flow. And this morning I kicked things off with a 45 minute Cross Training for Runners flow via YogaGlo. With another free morning tomorrow, I hope to do a repeat of Tuesday – cycle and yoga.
In addition to yoga, cycling, Nike Training Club and slow climbs on the stairmill, I’m hoping to fit in a swim this week. I cannot remember the last time I swam a lap. Cheers to mixing it up!
Hey Portland People! What are your favorite fitness studios around town? What should I add to my list? Anyone been to YoYo Yogi?