The theme for the class was Ahimsa, which we take to mean practicing kindness. The Sanskrit definition, which is non-violence, is much deeper. The instructor's simple act of kindness inspired me to write today's post to reflect back on acts of kindness I observed and practiced this week.
Kindness toward others...
I love hosting giveaways on the blog, and this week I was fortunate that I was able to host 2 giveaways! The first giveaway was for Matt Fitzgerald's book that I reviewed a few weeks ago. I was excited that the winner was a Facebook running friend, Jennifer, aka 26 Life Changing Miles. She is currently injured and sidelined from running. Who better to receive the book than her? The other giveaway was for 2 entries to the Utah Valley Marathon. One of the winners was a regular blog reader, Kathy from McMarathon Moments, which makes me happy. By the way, if you didn't win, I have a discount code, wr15, which gives you 15% off the entry fee. It's going to be a good time--a lot of bloggers will be there! Sniff...
Kindness from others...Valentine's Day came and went. My husband and I aren't super romantic. He surprised me with an amazing dinner of sauteed scallops with bacon and an expensive chardonnay. I'd much rather have a good meal than flowers any day. I gave him a 6 pack of Smitten Golden Rye Pale Ale (Bell's Brewery). He'd never had this one before and I couldn't resist the name.
Ilka shared my post from last week on her Sunday Fitness and Food Link Up. This is the second time she's featured a blog post of mine and I am honored! Be sure to go over and give her some love!
I stand corrected by my strength coach regarding the terminology for cleans vs power cleans. Last week's maneuver was not a "power clean", it was a "clean", or in CrossFit lingo, a "squat" clean. The power clean starts from the ground. Thank you, Becky, for clearing that up AND more importantly, for reading my blog, among the many other kind things you do for me. And congratulations on achieving your Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification!
My Saturday morning running group is currently split into 2 groups. Two of the women are training for a May marathon and are running more miles than the rest of us want or need. Steph, Cathy, and I are running less distance. We are also starting at 6:30 to accommodate my Saturday work schedule. How nice is that? On Saturday this week, we planned to go 7, but ran out of time and did 6. I offered to leave them and head back to my car so they could do the extra mile, but they ran me back and called it a day. I'm feeling pretty lucky right now.
|Me, Steph, and Cathy catching some rays while we catch our breath|
How often to we practice kindness towards ourselves? Some non-runners may refer to running as a selfish activity, but why should we feel guilty about doing something we love? Besides, it's a healthy pursuit! We've had an absolutely spectacular week, weather-wise. It's hard to believe this is February in Chicago.
Self-love should be practiced regularly, right? That's what yoga is all about.
|This was a new variation of side plank I hadn't yet tried!|
Today's run was a struggle. As I mentioned above, my RA is flaring and I'm having some discomfort and swelling in my joints. I almost skipped my run this morning, but the beautiful sunshine lured me out the door. The first 2 miles were a breeze but I ran out of gas and called it quits at 4. Sometimes listening to your body is the kindest thing you can do.
|This was at mile 2. There's nothing better than jumping in the sunshine to put a smile on your face!|
If you're not having fun, why bother at all?
|It's like he's encouraging me.|
I'm linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap as well as Angela and Ilka for the Sunday Fitness and Food Link Up.
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