MIMM [16]: life + yoga – life+running

MIMM [16]: life + yoga

I have LOTS of Marvelous going on in my Monday! Where to begin? I know: yoga.

Last week I discovered that I love yoga.

I’ve spent years hating yoga, but I’d never tried it hot. Hot yoga sounded miserable, and I already hated yoga because I’m super inflexible. I could only imagine that standing there not even able to touch my toes while the person next to me was in a flying pigeon pose in 100+° would be a new level of suckiness. I was so wrong! The added heat makes it so I can actually move into most of the poses (not flying pigeon).

I’m officially a poser. My mat and towel are on me at all times now. I haven’t felt like this since about any exercise I discovered running 10 years ago, though I came pretty close with TRX.

the chimes is officially a poser // lifeplusrunning.com

I even picked up a 6-month unlimited membership to Ignite Yoga in Ames, after attending 4 of their classes last week. I’m already 4 inches closer to being able to touch my toes — not even kidding! And maybe someday, I’ll be able to do something like this:

ignite yoga instructor claire kruesel // lifeplusrunning.com // original photo from igniteyoga.com

[ instructor Claire Kruesel at Ignite Yoga — image from Ignite Yoga ]

What’s even more marvelous about regularly practicing yoga? I’ve been building up my core and other muscles that help support me when I run, whilst becoming more flexible and balanced, so I don’t do stupid things like sprain my ankle again. And last night I went on my first attempted run since the injury nearly a month ago.

my first run back after my sprain // lifeplusrunning.com

The fact that my average mile time hasn’t changed? MARVELOUS.

And speaking of getting my sweat on, I haven’t mentioned yet, but I’m in the latest crop of Fitfluential Ambassadors.

What does that mean? It means that I’m one of the major voices in the health and fitness community, and now I’ve got some clout behind my voice.

Aside from yoga and running, this weekend I started knitting Mark some mittens to replace his glittens that are on the way out. I used the Manly Mitts pattern from Knitty.com and did some freestyle fairisle instead of the pattern shown. Now for the hard part: making an exact match for his other hand.

manly mitts with freestyle fairisle by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com

And Saturday, after yoga, I checked the mail and saw that I had two $20 coupons from Finesse Salon and Spa in Ames for referring my mom and her best friend for some pedis next month. So I decided it was high time to get a pedi.

chimes finally gets a pedi at finesse salon and spa in ames // lifeplusrunning.com

Sunday I’d planned to clean all day, but instead spent most of the day taking photos for my etsy shop, editing photos for my etsy shop, and listing items in my etsy shop. I was planning to take 1-2 hours on this, and it ended up taking me more like 8 hours from start to finish. So much for getting cleaning done! Fortunately, the beef was up for cleaning and did most of the work, leaving me with laundry. He even made me a deal: He would clean the bathroom if I did laundry. That is how much Mark hates laundry!

Either way, I have a clean apartment AND a fully-stocked etsy shop now. My shop includes items like:

Quilted Greeting Cards

quilted greeting card by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com // chimesdesign.com

Crocheted Bow Hair Barrettes

crocheted hair bow barrettes by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com // chimesdesign.com // chimes.etsy.com

Woodland Creatures Envelope Clutch Wallet

woodland creatures envelope clutch wallet by chimes // lifeplusrunning.com // chimesdesign.com // chimes.etsy.com


What’s putting the Marvelous in your day? Sometimes just getting out of bed on a Monday is good enough!

10 Comment

  1. Yay for yoga! My love for yoga was recently reignited after dealing with an injury this summer. It’s so good to be back–and to appreciate it more as a result. 🙂

    1. chimes says: Reply

      I’m with you there! I actually am planning a post about a “fitness reset” that was needed because now I’m loving and appreciating every minute of cardio I can get since I took a whole month off.

  2. Congrats on being FitFluential! 🙂

  3. kim says: Reply

    yah! i love the hair bows and mittens! 🙂 i am also a huge fan of yoga. i haven’t been able to do as much, but i really try to do it 1-2 times a week. it’s the best workout! xo

  4. Dang- you really do have a lot going on that is MARVELOUS!
    YAY for Hot Yoga- and becoming a FF ambassador!! Welcome to the club. 🙂

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Thanks! It only took 4 years of blogging … 😉

  5. yoga, running, and fitfluential!!! This is marvelous. Well you are marvelous as always. Love ya.

  6. Welcome to the Fitfluential family! 🙂 I would love to join you for hot yoga – miss it!

  7. Congrats on being FitFluential! I hope to get there someday…

  8. Congratulations on being a Fitfluential Ambassador!

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