And I don’t mean the presidential ones. Here all week, folks!
I mean now that I’ve run my half marathon and completed a triathlon, what’s next on the horizon as far as fun and fitness are concerned? It’s simple and it’s not all at once.
The next distance in line for tackling, right? Of course. At this stage of the game, I’m researching late spring marathons to determine which one will be my first. Considering we have 7 weddings to go to next year, the budget just isn’t there for a fun destination like Disney or anywhere really south of DC or west of New York.
Also important to consider is how hilly the course is. After running a VERY hilly first half, I didn’t think it would be possible to run another mile, never mind another 13.1. Plus, we don’t have a ton of long meandering hills where we are, so training for that scenario would be a big challenge and probably require lots of time on the treadmill (ugh).
I know I’m awful at following training schedules, but I’m going to really try this time around so I don’t run into injury. Injury prevention and cross-training sort of leads into my next thought…
Yoga teacher training
This is something I’ve toyed around with for a while in real life, but haven’t really addressed here. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about four years, and I’ve always felt something was missing when I haven’t had a regular practice. Unfortunately, my gym only offers one session (maybe two) I can make it to on a semi-regular basis, and my budget is a little tight for a gym membership and a yoga studio membership.
Still, I love it, and I love the effect yoga’s had on my mind-body connection and general sense of calm I’ve been able to attain through my practice. I had a phenomenal instructor when I first started out and she showed me how to make my practice my own and feel the connections and what a great instructor can do for a practice. She inspired me to be a better yogini, for sure! I’d love to be half as great a teacher she is.
There’s also the plus side that a more pronounced yoga influence can have:
- Further deepening my sense of calm
- Deepening my mind-body connection and relating it to other forms of exercise (anyone else practice yoga breathing while running?)
- Side income if I’m able to teach a few classes or substitute when my schedule allows
- Easier pregnancy and labor? Maybe just wishful thinking…
The other thing to consider is the cost. In my research into programs in our area, the going rate seems to be $2,000-3,000. As we’re saving for a down payment on our house and trying to keep a lean budget, this is no small amount. I do think I’ve found a program that allows a pay-as-you-go option for the different modules, so that may be my best option. I have to check out a few classes there before I make a decision, though.
I’ve toyed with the idea of a family triathlon relay next year, maybe early summer. Since I’ve been able to prove my prowess in the field, I may be traveling more for work. We still have our responsibilities at Our Historic House (Christmas Tea fast approaching!). Like I said, we have 7 weddings next year that are confirmed and on the books… and might have another 3! As our savings grow, we’re looking at houses more seriously. Once the house domino falls, the dog and family-starting dominoes fall very shortly thereafter. We’ve discussed our timeline (generally, these things never seem to go as planned and we know that) for these three biggies (house, dog, baby), and I want to make sure I’m not adding a ton of extra stress to our life for those major milestones by training for a marathon or learning how to teach yoga, not to mention the financial burden. I want to be present and enjoy the process! Of everything!
What do you think?
Is it crazy to train for a marathon and complete a yoga teacher training program at the same time? Could one benefit the other? Will they both take over my life? Do I already have too much going on? No, don’t answer the last one– the answer is “yes.”
What are your next grand plans! I wanna hear ‘em!