This week (while still patting myself on the back for my first sub 2-hour half marathon!) I found myself trying to explain to my husband why I needed to keep doing this. Why I needed to keep running and keep going to yoga. Why these hobbies where more than just hobbies.
I think the conversation started when we talking about our AmEx bill. My membership to my yoga studio was up for renewal and I was about to fork over several hundred dollars for the next six months, I just registered for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and despite it’s hefty price tag I’m pretty much ready and waiting for registration to open for the Inaugural Dopey Challenge.
In hindsight I think I may have actually been trying to rationalize all these costs to myself more than to him, because despite the fact this his wife decided to pick up a few expensive hobbies right around the same time she decided to leave her job and go back to school for 5 years (all while we’re trying to save to buy a house) the man (who I’ll be nominating for sainthood) has never said a negative word about any of it.
And while I struggled to put into words what running and yoga has done for me, he didn’t need me to tell him because he could see it.
I am less stressed, happier, more confident and I continue to amaze myself with what I can accomplish. From running my first half marathon, to my first full…then Goofy, becoming a certified yoga teacher and now a sub-2 hour half marathon all in less than 2 years.
And the truly amazing part is that these benefits that I find when I’m running or at yoga aren’t confined to my sneakers or my yoga mat. I find myself taking them with me into other parts of my life. Of course I can get an A on that Chemistry test, I ran back to back half and full marathon’s didn’t I?? (Don’t actually ask me to explain that logic, but somehow it works.) And I recognize areas of my life that need a little more of the runner/ yogi me (I live in New York, road rage happens.)
Focusing on running and yoga has at the same time helped me focus on other things.
How? I have no idea.
But, I am pretty sure to keep those other things in focus I need to keep running and keep yoga-ing.
Running and yoga are like the cross training for the rest of my life. And the rest of my life is a pretty important thing, which makes the price tag that comes with these “hobbies” a little easier to swallow.