Hello! Yesterday after I posted about the Tinkerbell Half I chugged some Spark and headed to my mom’s. She was off for the day and my lil brother is on Spring Break so it was the perfect time for a mid-week visit.
We walked and talked and ate… all my favorite stuff.
I suspect Clyde thinks my phone is a treat because he sits so still when I take a picture of him and just stares right at the camera. He did this for the longest time before I put the camera down.
I also made a mini-cake with my little brother. A while back I bought him a small red velvet cake kit. He doesn’t really have any experience cooking or baking so it was a joint project. But right before we started I cut my finger chopping an apple (rookie mistake) so he had to take over the main duties and I just bossed him read the directions.
We added sprinkles to the finished product and it looked so fancy! No one would suspect this was his first cake baking endeavor.
He was mostly just excited to eat it and oddly annoyed that I delayed his first bit with pictures…
“Okay Monica, you took a bunch!”
This morning I hit up yoga for a good stretch session and then Trader Joe’s for some breakfast essentials. I don’t know if I’
(I interrupt this sentence to share that fact that Vegas just barked 3 feet away from me and now I have to clean it up.)
I don’t know if I had tried this before but I know this TJ’s reduced guilt guacamole is going to be my latest obsession. It is amazing.
This morning I hit up a new-to-me yoga class at the gym. Today was a rest day from running and I am determined to do more cross training on my off days. If I don’t find a good cross training workout I end up running more and it’s not good for improving my running because I’m tired for my scheduled runs.
This class was filled with older ladies (like my Grandma) so I wasn’t sure it would be good for me. But I did get in a great stretch session. I am so NOT flexible because I run a lot and don’t stretch. My hips are super tight. My calves are tight. My toes are tight. I am a mess.
Basically, I’m bad at yoga.
I follow a lot of super awesome yogis on Instagram. I see them doing handstands and ballet style moves on the beach and in front of waterfalls. I want to be like them! I want to be flexible and graceful instead of red faced and frustrated in downward facing dog.
Wait… I am comparing my Chapter 1 with some random girl’s Chapter 20. So I stop myself. And I am proud of what I can do. I am proud of myself for going to level 1 yoga and stretching out my hips that serve me well mile after mile.
Truthfully, I don’t really compare myself to yoga pros, because I know I am just starting. And I know our bodies are different. And I know that if it was my goal to do a floating one handed eagle handstand (I made that up) I could do it with work and patience and practice.
Every day I get comments and emails from readers saying, “I wish I could run that much!” or “I could never run a sub 2 hour half marathon!!” or… “Insert some comparison here”
I have been running for over 8 years. It’s my passion and I love it. Don’t compare where I am today to where you are today.
Take inspiration from blogs and Insta and whatever else and use it to make you happy and motivated. But don’t compare, that never feels good.
Question: On a scale from 1 – 10 – how do YOU feel today?
1 = death bed
10 = you can conquer the world
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