Marathons and travel
This year, I’ve registered for two international marathons (Torshavn and Tallinn) but I’m rethinking my fitness strategy and I might do two half marathons instead or one half and one full. I really do enjoy seeing a city on my own two feet and the challenge that comes with running a race and adjusting to the time change, conditions, etc., but my fitness goals have changed in this new year.
I want to become certified to teach aerial silks to beginners and I would also like to really progress in my own silks training this year. My 2017 goal is to create an act and perform it somewhere in public, in front of strangers! Scary! Because of that, I am working with a personal trainer on getting stronger, opening up my shoulders, and balancing out my unbalanced body (all upper body). I’ve also been stretching and really taking my flexibility and toe point (and arches) seriously and have been taking any and all of the flexibility classes at Aloft, my circus home, whenever I can. I want the toe point of a ballerina and I want to seriously improve my back flexibility in 2017. I want to be able to do a middle split and I am working very hard on my active flexibility and just keeping my soon-to-be 36 year old body in working condition. I’m not old and I don’t feel old, but I know that I do a lot and I have to remind myself that I can do anything, but I can’t do everything.
Running makes everything tight and I have to work two to three times as hard on my flexibility gains and goals. On the other hand, my aerial training has done a good bit for my running. I have a very strong core and back and upper body and that has helped me stay upright and hold good form in long races - which is something that can make or break one’s energy and pace (mine anyway) after 15+ miles of running. I also just think being stronger overall and all over, thanks to silks has helped my running.
So this post isn’t really travel focused, per se, but it does relate to my travel goals and my personal aerial goals for the year. Thus, I felt it was worth a post. You might not see many more full international marathons in my future, but more half-marathons. I think the change is one I will welcome as I ramp up my aerial goals and use vacation more for vacation and not beating my body up for 26.2 miles. And with that, I need to get to my nightly stretching goals!