If you saw my Friday Five post, you know that I hit the big 5-0 last week. If you read my Friday Five post, you know that I am starting my fifty-first trip around the sun feeling loved, lucky, and blessed. It’s not an ignorant bliss, though. There’s a lot going on in this country and around the world that troubles me, but I also see a lot of kindness and generosity that gives me hope.
Taking Up Space
With accounts of sexual harassment making headlines and women coming forward with their #metoo stories, I have been thinking about the many ways society tries to keep women in their place. I also have been thinking about how women may defensively try to take up less space–from being reluctant to speak up in class, to dressing conservatively, to toning down their personalities at work. I was lucky to have been raised differently, and think we should take up as much space as we like. We should speak up, speak out, and let our personalities–and ideas–shine.
(But please don’t take up too much room at the gym!)
Holly and Tricia certainly encourage us to take up space and grow with our fitness goals by hosting the Weekly Wrap link up. It really is one of the most supportive corners of the web. If you aren’t joining in already, this is a great time of year to get started.
My first week in my new age group was a fun one.
Monday: Easy strength workout at home recovering from the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.
I finally got my ginormous medal!
Tuesday: I was still feeling sore so I decided to go to Anne’s Tuesday class at CorePowerYoga. She led us through a tough sequence, but it felt good.
Wednesday: It has been a month since I’ve been to my home Orange Theory Fitness studio, and it felt great to be back!
The trademark attorneys must have found
this unauthorized Garmin Connect app,
because it now tracks star points instead of splat points.
Thursday: Cyclebar offered me a special Birthday Ride, and let me invite 5 friends for a free class. Surprisingly, I was able to find a few friends who wanted to start their day with a 5:30 am indoor cycling class. Not surprisingly, most were in my Moms Run This Town Group.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a group photo,
but I promise we all had a sweaty good time.
Friday: I went back to CorePowerYoga for Anne’s second class of the week. The peak pose was eight angle pose (Astavakrasana) which I am very far from being able to do, but I was thrilled to be able to create a bit of space between my body and my mat for a few seconds!
Saturday: I haven’t been home for a neighborhood run in ages, and it felt so good to head out the door and take in the fall colors!
We also went for a bike ride, so I could pick up my medal without fighting traffic.
I actually have a busy half-week of work this week, so if I don’t see you again before Thanksgiving, please know that I will be counting our friendship and this supportive community among the many things I am thankful for.
Where would you like to take up more space?
Are you travelling for Thanksgiving?