On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Monday, March 25, 2013

Oh, hey, blogiverse, what's up?

So, if you guessed that my radio silence lately has been because I haven't been running, you're right. It's true, I'm not bothered by it, I'll start running again soon, there's no good reason for it, yes I'm getting fatter, it's just way too cold and I don't want to, any other questions?

I haven't been totally lazy, though. I mean, I've been mostly lazy, but this past weekend I did something physical and interesting. IN BED. Just kidding. I mean, maybe I'm kidding, maybe I'm not, but I don't blog to talk about that sort of stuff.

After I blogged about my terrible ski trip, Samantha emailed me and suggested that we challenge ourselves. Push our limits. Thus the slacklining class, and the (soon to be aborted?) attempt at crossfit. Then this past weekend, she suggested aerial yoga at Om Factory. Yay! Sounds awesome!

Totally my class HAHA JK AGAIN

What's aerial yoga, you ask? In short, the class we took was a standard vinyasa class that incorporated silk "hammocks" that hung from the ceiling. (NB: they're not real silk. I find the touch of silk to be totally skeevy. This silk was all synthetic.) Some of the poses involved using the silks as props to get deeper into the poses; other poses involved using the silks for floating/hanging/inverting.

We were a few minutes early to the class and had some time to sit and swing in the hammocks. This provided my first indication that I might not love the class: the hammocks weren't like normal swings, traveling back and forth along a single plane. No, they spun, and moved sideways, and moved with little to no effort. The ideal positioning of the hammock was to have the bottom roughly even with your pelvis, meaning that your feet did not touch the ground when sitting in it.

And I started to feel a little queasy.

And the queasiness got worse as the class moved on. By the time we were at the "relaxing" part of the class, doing inversions, I full on felt like I might throw up. This wasn't a "push through the discomfort, Tracy!" situation. This was a "get your feet on the ground or you WILL be puking" thing.

I think, at first, the instructor thought I was struggling with completing the poses. She brought me some blocks and suggested a blanket. But by the time we got to the inversions, she must have noticed that I was kind of green and she suggested I spend the rest of the class on the floor. THANK GOD. Evidently aerial savasana is just laying in the hammock, with the option for the instructor to come around and give you a little push for some extra swing. From my safe space on the ground, my stomach churned to hear that.

I'd never realized how much I like the feeling of being grounded when I do yoga. A lot. I like it a lot.

So, bottom line is that I tried aerial yoga. It's not for me, and I feel okay about that. I left the yoga studio and promptly bought myself a new running dress that helped me forget all about the dizzy queasiness that was that class.


  1. Oh gosh! I have been wanting to try this and didn't even think of queasiness as a side effect! LOL, as if yoga doesn't already make me feel unstable enough!

    1. I didn't even consider that, either! I was very excited about the class, but the minute I sat in the hammock, suddenly it was like, "TRACY! WHY DIDN'T YOU REALIZE! THIS IS GOING TO MAKE YOU SICK!!!" I wasn't anxious about it at all, so I know it was physical and not mental. I read some reviews online that suggested that you might get used to it over time, but for one thing, it wasn't the sort of feeling I *want* to push through, and for another thing, it really called into question for me what I get out of yoga, and I think I like the grounding!

  2. TELL ME ABOUT THE RUNNING DRESS! I've eyed those for a while but given the backlash on the skirts (my true love) I always hesitate. Plus I think my stomach isn't flat enough. LOL

    Aerial classes seem so interesting but kind of scare the bejeezers out of me. I'm not sure if this review makes me more or less likely to try it (let's face it, I'm a weenie - LESS.)

    1. Yes! I have *two* running dresses now. This is the new one:
      http://www.keller-sports.com/index.php?cl=details&anid=TBENIH530002 (although I got mine on clearance) and then I also have this one:
      http://shop.nuu-muu.com/collections/ruu-muu-pocket (although it looks like they no longer sell the pattern I have). So simple, so comfortable, LOVE them. And surprisingly flattering - if the weather ever warms up enough that I can wear them, I'll post photos. Advantages: simple, comfortable, you can wear your own shorts underneath (and they won't ride up). Disadvantages: I use the bottom of my shirt to wipe sweat more often than I realized (you get over that right away), they don't come with shorts to go underneath (doesn't bother me).

    2. BTW I was *shocked* that the nuu muu dress was as flattering as it is. I really expected it to accentuate my stomach - it's not a style I would ever wear normally. But it's shockingly cute. I've gotten compliments on it every single time I've worn it (like, strangers stopping me while I'm running)/

  3. Wow - that sounds super weird. Ha! but kudos to you for even trying!

  4. I love that I'm not the first to jump right to the running dress. Will check out those links asap!