Week of October 16, 2011:
Yoga: Monday (Morning Flow #1)
Despite having posted many self-photos by now, I still feel vain whenever I put a picture of myself on the internet. I always feel the need to use a silly picture or say something goofy to distract you from this flagrant show of vanity, but not today. Hi, hello, welcome! Do you like my new haircut? It’s not that new now—I had it cut several weeks ago, but still, it’s pretty cute, right? I always love having shorter hair. It makes my life easier and I think my face is more flattered by short hair than by long hair.
In other news, let’s talk about the weather! Autumn really swooped into town this week, on gusty winds that have brought much, much cooler temperatures. I really love this cooler weather, but short sleeves were still the right choice for yesterday’s bike ride commute. Short sleeves…with jeans! Yes, things are very exciting around here, I know.
My work-outs this week have been really great. I went for a long run on Sunday and ended up on my feet for much longer than I planned. I ran for perhaps 3-4 miles or so when, on a whim, I decided to hike through a nature trail that’s not too far from me, but I apparently forgot how long the trail was. As I was walking through it, I kept thinking, Man, when does this trail end?!? It just went on and on and on. When I finally popped out of the trail, I was still more than a mile from home, so I ran most of that distance, figuring eh, what the heck—what’s an extra mile or two of running today? By the time I got home, I was tired…really tired. On the plus side, after all that exercise, I was quite relaxed for the rest of the day. Sunshine and exercise does a person good.
On Monday night, I unfurled my yoga mat for some Morning Flow #1, one of my very favorite yoga classes. I think I was able to push myself higher into wheel pose than ever before, or maybe it was just an illusion because it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a wheel. Either way, it was challenging and fun.
Finally, last night I was riding my bike home from work when I pedaled past an adorable cat laying in a woodsy lot in the neighborhood. It was such a perfect fall moment—the black and white cat, the leaves and branches of the yard, the golden light of an autumn evening—but I didn’t have my camera with me! So rather than seeing the moment through a lens, I saw it with my own two eyes, stayed a while to pet the cat, and thought about how much I love this time of year. And when I got home, I packed my camera into my bag so that next time, you can see how lovely that moment was too.