Happy Friday! For those of you in the U.S., did you have a good 4th of July? We spent the morning at the beach, playing in the ocean and sand, reading a little and (maybe) napping a little. I may have also gotten a little bit of a sunburn. There’s always one part of my back/shoulder that I miss! I’m not quite sure how July sneaked up on me but here it is. I’m just going to go with it and accept it.
I realized that I haven’t really talked about my workouts lately. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found a ton of joy in them lately (and frustrated by my asthma which has been a mystery to me). I had plans to run a half marathon this summer but that has been scraped. But that’s OK. Given the heat and humidity we’ve had so far this summer, I’m OK with not running a half marathon.
While I’m still running and doing yoga, I’ve also returned to the weight room. I’ve missed lifting weight and it feels good to focus on getting strong. You see, I want to get stronger because I’m still hoping (planning?) on surfing this summer, even though my knee is TBD. So that means working on lateral stabilization, hip strength and flexibility, core…just about everything.
I figure that there is a learning opportunity in all of this, yes? Actually, that’s what this week’s Friday Round-Up is all about – those learning opportunities that we come across every day in our lives.
Finding My Way Back to Myself
Do you have that one thing in your life that you just absolutely love? That one thing in your life that you can’t imagine not doing? That’s like your heart and soul? For some, it might be running or writing or cooking. But what happens when you become disconnected from that thing? How do you find your way back to yourself?
For me, it yoga (shocking, I know) but I always seem to learn something from yoga that helps me to move forward in life. I love this post from Alison, and it’s not just because she talks about yoga and how yoga is helping her find her way back to happy.
I am sorry forty
Maybe it’s because my birthday just pasted and because I’m inching closer to that dreaded milestone birthday, but I loved Kim’s post. She just celebrated her 41st birthday on Wednesday (Happy Birthday Kim!) and wrote a letter to 40 to say goodbye. Not only did she kick 40’s butt, she also goes to show that age IS just a number. Each year is truly about what we make of that year, not the other way around.
Not all runners live in a size zero frame
Cori shares a great story about a recent run and how it made her think about stereotypes and how we judge people. She shares some wise words –> “Stereotypes. They’re ugly, they’re often wrong, and they really do nothing but back us into a corner. Yet we let them, over and over again.”
Tis YOUR Season
I think that Lindsay can read my mind. She always seems to write something that I need to hear or that somehow articulates the jumble of thoughts in my head. She talks about the different seasons of living – the seasons of doing, waiting and undoing. I think that I am quickly approaching the season of undoing – feeling physically, mentally and emotionally spent and needing to rest. We all need this season of undoing but do we often take it?
A learning opportunity
There’s so much to say about this post – about the state of women’s surfing, the women’s pro tour, women in the media, the media in general, body image – but I can’t sum it up as well as NYC Urchin does. It’s really an interesting read and I encourage you to head over there. We female athletes often lament over the state of professional sports and the disparities between men and women. But how can we move beyond that? This video from Roxy to promote their upcoming contest in Biarritz – a World Tour event – is NOT the way to do it.
What’s has been your most recent learning opportunity?
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