Work with Your Body, Not On It! (Self Love, Mantras, and Training Cycles)

January 8, 2018   /   byrunningwhilevegan  / Categories :  Uncategorized

As I stated a few posts back, I am practicing Yoga With Adriene’s new 30 Days of Yoga series, True! She posts a new series every January, and they are a lot of fun! I never finished Yoga Revolution, so that is on my list of goals this year; last year I was super focused on training for my first marathon, and Mike and lived on opposite sides of LA from each other, so there was a lot of pressure in various aspects of my life. I don’t mean that in a negative way – I ran my first miles over 13.1 last January, and it was awesome going to Santa Monica on the weekends. But when there’s so much going on, some things have to take precedence over others! This year things are different – Mike and I live together and though I plan on some pretty long training runs for LA Marathon in March, I’m taking a much easier (on myself) approach to training this year. I get to, with a small group of other runners, represent LAM this year so I want to enjoy every minute, every mile, of that marathon! I don’t want to struggle like I did with San Antonio, but I’m not looking for a PR either (though I wouldn’t be mad at one!!!). You know, one of those 26.2 mile fun runs!

I’m in the middle of practicing Day 6, which in the YWA universe, means abs day! She said something that really resonated with me, while in the midst of a training cycle, and watching Mike being a training cycle for a 70.3 mile IronMan.

“……feel like you are working with your body, not on it”

I love that.

What are some of your favorite mantras while tackling a challenging workout? Another one I love, which I’ve heard in a different YWA video is “The mind wants to give up before the body does.” I’ve definitely employed that one during a race or six!

If you are interested in other YWA 30 day practices, here are a few links:

30 Days of Yoga
Yoga Camp
Yoga Revolution
True 

See you on the mat!

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