21 Day Yoga Challenge & Race Training Begins!

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”  – Anonymous

Image from Tranquil Space Blog 

Ouch! My legs are heavy as rocks this morning. For the first time, I’m taking on multiple major exercise goals at once.

I’m training to run a 10-mile race in March and I’m flirting with a half-marathon in April and perhaps a full marathon down the road.

In addition, yesterday was Day #1 of the 21 Day Yoga Challenge (to take 21 yoga classes in 21 days at Tranquil Space). I will be out of town 3 of the days, so I’ll have to double up on classes other days.

AM I SANE? I’m not sure. 

I’m also returning to exercise after 2 weeks off with a strange rib-cage injury from too much twisting in yoga. The only “cure” was time off.

Once recovered, I returned with vigor. On Sunday, I attended Suzannah’s fabulous Nia class and took a fast-paced run outdoors afterwards. Monday, I returned to my yoga mat for the 21 Day Challenge (light on the twisting).

Getting back in shape hurts.

Everything takes more concentrated effort and my legs are screaming for mercy. I’ll keep going – knowing this will make me stronger and happier eventually.

Competitions, races and challenges are great to kick-start exercise routines. I’m hoping the yoga and running compliment each other.

I fear that I may not reach my goals. My knee tendinitis or rib inflammation may flare up. My health and work goals will take precedent. My sleepiness and cataplexy are looming too.

But I’ll never know unless I try!


  1. Lelia on January 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm


    In December my husband bought us a trendmill and I have been procastinating my using it. When we bought it we talked about training for running in a 5K at some point in time but kept putting it off and off. When I saw you post about this last week sometime I looked at my husband and said, "I really need to get on that." So yesterday I started with walking on it for 20-30 minutes each day. Start with baby steps so I don't get too burnt out. Thanks for the reminder!! This is suppose to be the year to get my health on the right track and I won't know if I can do it unless I try!!

    Can't wait to see how your 21 days of Yoga goes!! Good luck, I know you can do it.


  2. Gail on January 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Great start Julie. I am inspired by you daily.

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