On Migraines, Running, and Yoga Challenges

Yesterday, this was me:


My headache wasn’t quite that severe, but it did have me awake most of the night, clutching my head, and just wanting to slip into some sweet oblivion where there is no pain. I stayed in bed most of the day, called in sick to work, and just waited, in the dark, for the migraine to lift.

This isn’t a post about migraines (been there, done that).

Wednesday is my favorite day of the (work) week. It is the one day I don’t have to be at work at 5:30. On Wednesdays, I actually don’t have to be there until 10:00! And no, I do not spend my extra time sleeping in (if you are a regular reader it wouldn’t have even crossed your mind!). I get up at my usual time, or maybe a half hour later, enjoy coffee with my husband, take the dogs for a walk, and then head out for a run with Penny. I usually have time for about six miles.

Yesterday, obviously, I didn’t get to run. But this post isn’t about running (or not running) either. I will always run. It is ingrained in my soul. I know if I miss a few days, or even a few weeks, I will come back to running. It is my home.

Usually, on Wednesdays, when I get home from my run, I have about an hour for yoga. I’ve been using downloads from Yogadownload.com, which I love, love, love! I really enjoy using the audio classes because you can just focus on your own movement and breath and not have to watch a television (awkward in downward dog). Each audio comes with a pose guide, which you can glance at if there is any confusion about the pose. I have found, though, that the instructors are very clear and concise in their directions and it is rare that I have to look up a position.

Now we’ve come to the crux of the matter. Yoga, which I rediscovered earlier this year when my friend April opened her studio in La Quinta, is not yet a part of me. I want it to be. I love yoga. I love the way it makes me feel.  I love the strength it gives me. I love the calming effect it has on my nervous system. I love the definition in my arms and shoulders that, even after years of weight training, was enhanced because of yoga.

I realized on Wednesday, when I was too sick to exercise, that it had been a week since my last down dog. Not too bad, but combined with missing class for about three weeks because of other commitments, and skipping a few of my at home workouts, I was getting dangerously close to abandoning yoga. And I really don’t want to do that.

So, I am going to make a commitment to myself, knowing that by writing about it here, I will be held accountable by you, my readers. My challenge is to do yoga every day for the next 30 days. I plan to start Saturday with a class at Yoga Central. I know I won’t make it to class everyday, so I’ll use my audio downloads, and on especially busy days, strive to do sun salutations on my own. My goal is a minimum of 10 minutes, knowing even that will be challenging on the days I leave home at 5:00 am and don’t get home until about 4:30 pm.

I am very excited about this challenge to myself. Would you like to join me? Let me know in the comments. And, off we go…

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  1. Rachel says

    Oooh, my sister gets migraines. I’ve seen how horrible the pain is. Glad you’re feeling better.

    I think a yoga challenge is a great idea!

  2. Lindsey says

    I might just join you on this one. I’ve been wanting to get back into yoga, but I’ve been making excuses for myself.

  3. says

    Not a yoga person myself (tried, just wasn’t my thing…!) but I’ve no doubt you can crush this goal. Schedule it out and it’s so short if it has to be so you can do it. Plus, yoga is always going to be beneficial for you in the short AND long run. Best of luck!
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