Hi friends! After a verrrrrry long break from blogging, I’m back and ready to hit the ground running.
A quick summer recap:
- I bought a bike this summer – yay! I haven’t owned a bike since I was a kid & although Madison is known as a bike-friendly community, I was always a little scared to ride one around the city. I’m still not 100% comfortable cruising down E. Wash with cars flying by me, but I’m getting there. Besides, I think a little dose of healthy fear will keep my face from being smashed up against some guy’s windshield…
- I started training for my first half-marathon this summer with a kick-ass group of women led by my fantastic coach, Jamie (a.k.a. Running Diva Mom). My training was side-lined by some stupid health issues & an unexpected surgery, but I’m hoping to get back on track in time to run the Haunted Hustle in Middleton at the end of October. It looks like a fun race and by then it should be cool enough for me to feel more comfortable.
- This summer was one of relaxation and not a lot of major trips or super exciting events, and that’s perfectly ok with me. I worked a lot, read some good books, drank some beers at the terrace with friends, did some yoga and just generally enjoyed life.
- This summer I learned that sunshine is VERY bad for my lupus, and I had to adjust accordingly, albeit somewhat unwillingly. Living with a chronic disease can be frustrating, but I’m learning more about the things that trigger it and I’m doing the best I can to avoid them.
Onto exciting future events… Starting next month I will be teaching a Yoga for Runners class at a studio near my home in Madison! I’ll be working to help runners gain core strength, improve overall flexibility & balance and stretch muscles that are typically tight in runners. We’ll also be focusing on the importance of proper breathing along with some mindfulness meditation. It should be a great series! I’ll give more info once I know the details.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing an old friend who is also a part-time photographer; we met up at the UW Madison Arboretum so she could take some “yoga head shots” for me. It was a lot of fun and I think we got a lot of great pictures. It was a beautiful evening, which certainly didn’t hurt. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot.