Busy busy busy
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Hi! I've been too busy to blog about stuff, here or on my blogspot page, but everything's going well. I signed up for the Tour de Bronx on Oct 18 (free!) and had to skip the 5th Avenue Mile yesterday because of my school schedule (I have a Saturday class; I signed up for the race long before I registered for classes and couldn't avoid the conflict.)
School is going really well - I have 100% in every class for which we've actually gotten a grade (quizzes, etc.) and I'm generally eating really well. I'm just not getting as many exercise calories as I'm supposed to so the scale's not moving, but I've been feeling good (and getting in weight training!) so I'm fine with that. I even saw myself on video recently (a girl in my Tai Chi class took video of the routine on her iPhone and sent it out to everybody for a reference) and while my stomach still kind of makes me cringe, I was suprisingly okay with the rest and chalked it up to an unflattering outfit.
School is making me use a lot of muscles that I'm not accustomed to and it's going to gradually make me stronger. There's so much more lower body work than I ever imagined (a lot of the force in massage comes from lowering your body / lunging into it, which is a way to practice proper biomechanics and save the arms / hands) and this plays into Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Tui Na (Chinese bodywork / physical therapy) as well. I'm also really happy that I'm in the Master's program (there's an MS for oriental medicine / acupuncture and an associate's for massage - I'm in the dual program to get both but I'll at least take a substantial hiatus after finishing the massage requirements to get a practice established and make some $$ for if and when I go back) because it seems to be a lot more rigorous and stimulating that the associate's... I think I'd be bored and frustrated if that was all I was doing.
Anyway, I've been running a bit (with my husband three times a week or so, yay!) and practicing Tai Chi and Chi Gong for class, plus a lot of walking, but that's mostly it. I haven't had a spare tube or time to get one from the bike shop, so my poor bike has been neglected in a corner of the apartment since the NYC Century (I'm fixing that tomorrow, little guy!) I go to the gym and lift on Tuesdays, my day off, during the dryer cycle when I take our laundry to the laundromat, and I try to get in some body weight stuff (planks, pushups, situps, etc) at home on the weekend (although I could easily get into the gym to do that on the weekend too - gotta work that in next). Swimming is the next thing to get added in. I'm pretty sure my race schedule next year is going to consist of solely an olympic tri and a half iron tri (NYC Tri [guaranteed entry] and maybe Rev 3 Maine, but I haven't decided on the half yet) and maybe a spring half marathon, so the running is good for now but I have to get back to swimming to build a base.
How are you guys doing????