Wow. That’s a lot of topics to cover in a blog post, especially since all of us have no attention span anymore due to the being constantly overstimulated. I will try to just hit the highlights. I really need to start writing more so that I don’t need to cover a novel’s worth of updates in each post.
1. Cities. We just returned from a 5-day epic journey to NYC. We drove the Fusion out on Wednesday and returned on Sunday. We brought along our Supremely Ancient Chihuahua, Lucent. It definitely made the trip more cumbersome, but it had its upsides too. Because L has to pee about every 75 minutes, we were forced to take frequent breaks. This is bad for making good time, but good for blood flow. Getting out of the car and stretching legs is definitely a healthier way to travel for 17 hours.
Also, having L in the car made me more appreciative of the times where L ISN’T in the car. Despite weighing about 7 lbs, he could rival a 150 lb beast in the stench department. He is one smelly monster. We could tell whenever he woke up from a nap because the whole car would be pervaded by the rankness of his maw. When he was younger, we would get his teeth cleaned regularly which really helped the smell. He is so frail now though that he wouldn’t survive the procedure. Whew. So smelly.
NYC was just as I remembered – lots of gum-pocked sidewalks, inconsiderate drivers, and garbage skittering everywhere, mixed with delicious food, friendly locals, and gorgeous beaches and hiking trails. NY is a mixed bag.
We had a great time though since we got to see our family, meet the friends of our family, and spend some time outside on the beach and in the hills above the Hudson. But, man oh man, were Tim and I ever so happy to roll back into green Iowa again. Our house seems so cozy and luxurious now!
2. Sandals. I finally bought a pair of barefoot running sandals – Lunas. I’ve been reading lately that flip flops are really bad for your calves and low back (you need a strap around the heel to prevent shortening of the achilles tendon), so I wanted to find some sandals for the summer that I could also run in. I have barefoot Merrels that I love, but my feet, even without wearing socks, still get super hot in them. I heard of these sandals via Born to Run and also a trail running group I belong to on FB.
I got them 2 days before our trip, so I broke them in in the City. Despite walking and/or biking for several miles each day of our trip, they held up REALLY well. My feet did not get any more sore than they do in regular shoes, and they stayed a lot more comfortable temp-wise.
Today I added the optional ankle strap and took them out for a 3 mile run on the grass next to the Duck Creek Bike Path. I LOVED them. It’s so pleasant to feel the grass slipping between your cool toes as you run over the Earth. My only struggle is that my feet make a really loud slapping sound on the concrete. I think I need to work on my barefoot running form. I think I need to run more on the balls of my feet instead of slapping down from the heel.
3. Self-Confidence. I’ve been teaching yoga now twice/week for about 4 weeks. As I’ve mentioned, I always really enjoy my Wednesday 5:30AM class. I just feel more comfortable and relaxed than I do on Monday nights. Plus, the class is 15 minutes shorter, so I have fewer asanas to conjure up.
I think a huge part of it is that my Wednesday morning class is more interactive. We chat more, and the students smile at me more. I’ve found that if I don’t get a lot of positive feedback from the people in my class, I feel as if I’ve taught a boring class. I feel that way even knowing that often times people enjoy the class – they are just focused on getting packed up and back home as soon as possible.
I’m hoping that with more practice, I will gain confidence in my ability to teach a good class. I want to always enjoy the class without needing everyone to say, “Great class!” when they leave.
I also am concerned about my ability to keep my classes fresh because there are only so many postures that I can do (and therefore that I feel comfortable teaching). My current playbook is pretty skimpy right now. I bought one of Sadie Nardini’s teaching programs, and I need to make the time to start watching that so that I can continue to bring something fresh and interesting to each class.
Oddly, I also feel my confidence zapped when I attend a class taught by one of my fellow YTTers. They are SUCH good teachers!! I am so impressed with them and feel as if there is no way my class can be that good. Why can’t I just be appreciative of their talents without feeling as if it diminishes mine?? I obviously have some work to do on my ego!
And there you go. That’s my update. I hope you are having a fabulous summer – getting outside, riding your bike, taking some runs, spending time with friends and family, traveling to new places, eating delicious food. Take care, and thank you for reading!!