Following my 4 miler yesterday morning, I had some serious hip discomfort in my left hip. I am basically convinced at this point that the entire left side of my body is slowly shutting down. I RSVP’d for a JackRabbit yoga class and was REALLY looking forward to it since the topic was supposed to be, get this, mother effing hips, y’all. Class started at 6:30pm and imagine how happy I was, when, at 6:10pm, I found myself stuck on a train that clearly had no intentions of moving anytime soon. I had such a great day emotionally yesterday and I knew this train + yoga class situation had the potential to undo all of the good vibes I was feeling. I get super stressed about being late for things and I knew that, even if the train started moving again, I’d have to haul ass once I got to my stop just to make it close to starting time. I stood on that train for about 3 minutes going back and forth about what to do. I felt really bad about RSVPing and not showing up. I was starving already and, if I made the class, I wouldn’t be home until after 8. I was really wanting to stretch out my hip and knew there was a zero percent chance of that happening if I just went home. It was raining and I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch shitty tv. 

Finally, I made the decision to just head home, more to save myself the stress of trying to make it to class on time than anything else. I walked home in the pouring rain and was SO happy to get into my apartment and carbo load. As much as I appreciate how (relatively) committed I’ve been to working out the past year or so, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not. that. serious. If I miss a workout, or run one mile less than the training plan, or decide to go to yoga instead of going for my run, it’s not the end of the world. I am a serious planner, and I beat myself (and others, let’s be real) up if the plan doesn’t go the way I anticipated. But it’s important to have balance and not get burned out and not get to the point where I’m doing damage to my body or soul all because I was too inflexible. 

The solution to my train ish yesterday? Going today instead. So simple, and yet I had some serious pause about not doing my run this morning and going to yoga instead. But, at the end of the day, I want to make sure that I wait until I’m actually and old lady to have old lady hips, and the best way of making sure that happens to learning to listen to my body. And do lots of pigeon pose- that shit works, forreals.