For the past several years I have been a runner. I’m not the fastest, but it keeps me in relatively good shape and I enjoy getting out on a trail and losing track of time. About halfway through last year, I noticed that my legs’ recovery time was taking longer. I don’t keep exact track of time, but I noticed that I was getting back to the house later and later. And by December, I realized it would be more accurate to describe what I was doing as “walking” rather than “running.” I suspect that several years of running 5-7 miles a day has built up a specific muscle group. Maybe it was time to change things up.
I enrolled myself in an introductory 4-week yoga class to get some of that flexibility back. Also, I figured it would be a good way to work towards my New Year’s Resolution of becoming a calmer person in general. The first session was earlier this week. It was a big class–I assume that many people were acting on their New Year’s Resolution as well. The instructor was very patient with me as we learned some of the philosophy and basic poses. I figured I would be sore the next day, but it wasn’t too bad. But man was my head clear the next day.