To runners it’s quite literal, you stop running because you are gasping for breath and you need to reduce your body’s oxygen demands so that you can pay the oxygen debt that is there.
To yogis it’s central to their practice, paying attention to the breath to focus the mind and take attention away from any distractions enabling us to see things as they truly are. Even in western stress management practices we are encouraged to take a deep breath and count to ten!
This weekend I feel that finally I can ‘ take a breather’ after a few weeks on the hamster wheel. I’m not complaining about the hamster wheel, sometimes it can be exhilarating- I mean look at hamsters they look like they love it! However, it is lovely to spend some time, sitting here reading blogs and writing, pottering around the house, cooking something nice for the family and today going for a run or a yoga class – or both!
Sitting back for a review or round up of the last month it hasn’t been as bad as I thought. We started July with an ‘activity’ holiday, which was good. I went for a couple of runs by the sea, did some cycling along the coast, went kayaking, attempted some dinghy sailing ( I managed to capsize 3 times with before getting more than 50m from shore!) and lots of swimming in the pleasantly cool pool.
When I got home I thought that I would continue the good work with a running streak, just 2 miles per day, so 20-30 minutes every morning. I lasted 3 days!
I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but after a 2 week holiday , things at work haven’t stopped and you need to catch up with all the things that you would have done if you’d been there. Soon I found myself getting up at 5:30 not to run but to work!
After 3 weeks I feel like I’m catching up now.
So time to take a deep breath, re focus and move forwards.
I hate the fact that I struggle with consistency. A 3 week break from running, along with all the other breaks means that I do lose fitness. Map my run sends me these little snapshots – ‘2 years ago today you did an 8 mile run’. I sigh wistfully. But you can’t turn the clock back.
Moving forwards I will be prepping my breakfast smoothies (putting them in little bags in the freezer), thanks to Cee -Jay for reminding me how great they are! No more annual leave for me now until October, so hopefully I can plan my work to be more consistent and my exercise too.
How do you manage consistency?
I like projects that I can start, throw my all into and finish. It works for work and study and exams.
What is your attitude to running?
What mental paradigm shift do I need to make to make it a necessity rather that a luxury treat that I can’t afford to spend time on?