Feeling re-centered

by - Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Yesterday I was cranky, tired and pretty irritable all day long. I'm not sure if it was just a bad case of the Mondays or if it was a bad case of Monday after the Super Bowl. But either way, all day I just wanted to be in a yoga class.

I never joined a gym when I moved back to D.C. because my community has a free fitness center and there's one at work too. Plus with running, I figured it was silly to pay for one. But fitness centers can't give me yoga and spin classes, which I've been missing like crazy lately.

So last night I printed off the 7-day free pass to the Gold's a few blocks from my house and hit a yoga class and it was the best thing ever. I'm planning on hitting a spin class after work today if I can make it in time and yes, I'm thinking about just paying the money to join, if it's not unreasonable, because I really miss having the option of dropping in to those classes when I feel like it.

Yoga makes me feel so much better. Today I'm in a much better mood. I'm still a bit tired, but I feel like I can accomplish everything I need to get done at work. Yay!

Ohhh and I decided to play the interview game that has been floating around on a few people's blogs. I saw it over on Jess's blog and she sent me my questions last night. They were good ones too. Made me think. So here ya go:

1. If you could give recent college graduates advice about transitioning into the work world, what advice would you offer?

I think the best advice I could offer is try to make connection with people you work with. When I took my first job in York, Pa., I didn't know a single person so I relied heavily on co-workers for tips on fun places to check out or even just which garage to take my car to for an oil change. I was lucky that I worked with a lot of very fun people and there was a good group of young people who got together on the weekends. Having a life outside the office is important and it can be hard to establish one if you're in an area you're not familiar with.

2. In terms of running, what's your favorite time of year to run?

I love running in the fall when the weather is still warm enough that I can be in shorts or capris, but I get to start using the long sleeve tech tops. The humidity is low and the temps are moderate and I feel like I can run faster/longer with less effort. The only challenge to my fall running is fitting it around tailgating.

3. If you could eliminate one part of your day that feels unnecessary or tedious, what would you eliminate?

Hands down, I would eliminate my commute. It's not as long as some people's but it takes me a good 35-45 minutes by Metro to get into the office, and I just think about all the other things I could be doing with that time, like running or spinning or yoga. It makes me miss the five minute commute that I had in Pa.

4. What's the best part about being a soccer fan?

The best part about being a soccer fan is that there aren't a ton of us out there (at least not compared to football, baseball, etc) so it's fun to randomly find other people who are as obsessed with soccer as you are. Tickets to most games are more affordable than other sports (in most instances) and I have a great group of soccer buddies that road trip to North Carolina for Maryland's away games. The whole atmosphere is fun and festive and feels like belonging to some crazy family.

5. If you could win any competition in the world, what would it be for?

This question is really tough. I've always been amazed by people who can remember and recall random trivia because it's a skill I sorely lack. So I'd be pretty impressed with myself if I was able to win something like Jeopardy. In the running realm, I think it would be the coolest thing ever to win an age group award, although I think I'll be waiting on that one til I'm about 65.

Thanks to Jess for the questions!

To play along:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

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  1. Hi Jess

    I've been doing my sort of modified Bill's pseudo/yoga thing for a while and it works for me. I am probably the least flexible person in the world and the breathing and stretching make me feel better.

    I hear you on the commute. I worked in downtown Dtroit at the main hospital for my first 9 years in practice. It usually took me around an hour to go each way. Now I work 5 minutes from home and it has changed my life.

    Best of luck with everything.

  2. fall is my favorite time to run too!!

  3. yay great post :) i love fall and spring to run... the moderate seasons :)

    glad some yoga and spin made you feel better!

  4. Great questions and great answers! living in the midwest, fall and spring runs are the best... as long as there isn't any ice involved!

  5. way to get to yoga no matter what it takes :) would you not maybe do an at-home yoga (dvd) in lieu of the gym membership? just a thought... i miss the gym some too but i don't miss the monthly bank draft! i'm trying to get in as much as i can at home but i always start thinking about the gym again... weights, stationary bikes, cardio classes...

  6. yeah.. there is always stuff that you can only do in a gym. fun post

  7. Fun comments! I enjoy reading the posts with information about people...so interesting to learn about others beyond just the running!

  8. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I absolutely agree wtih the best time to run. It is my favorite as well. I wish fall marathons you didn't have to train through the summer (that's prolly my least fav. time to run).

    I also agree with the commute. My drive is 45 minutes to work an hour home *(traffic). I could be correcting so many papers, running miles, or ... (well i prefer not to think about all the things I could be doing, because it's not an option)

  9. this is cool love all the info!

  10. Great interview!! I am loving this tag thing!

  11. Anonymous2:59 PM

    I'm not sure if you're done with the interviewing yet, but I'd love to play. :D

    You've got a great blog here, thanks for being an inspiration! :D