Long distance running & Ashtanga (DISCIPLINE)(I don’t have it)

Here are some ways to find out you have no self discipline:

1. You finally choose to pack for your trip instead of getting in the last 9 mile run before
2. The moment you start on a long run, you start justifying why you’ve cut your run short
3. When you get texts, you stop running to respond to them immediately (because, obv, you did not turn your ringer off)
4. You clean your house instead of doing ashtanga primary series. Then, you create yourself a hulu account so you can watch tv instead of doing ashtanga primary series (because you canceled your Netflix account so you’d stop watching tv)
5. When you’re doing ashtanga primary series, you somehow end up working on handstands. This is like if a mouse eats a cookie. Then, you start working on handstand transitions and pretty soon you’re trying to figure out how to footlessly transition out of astavakrasana and you’ve forgotten that you were ever doing primary series in the first place.

Needless to say, I’ve been struggling on both counts. In fact, I haven’t been on a run since I went to Vermont (more on adventures in Vermont to come!), nor have I practice ashtanga primary series. So. Now we get back on the horse.

How do we conquer lack of self discipline? Friends help. I’ve also imposed a new post rule: 1 bagel for every 3 miles. The third bagel really makes the difference between 7 and 9 miles. Actually, this system isn’t a bad idea. Any suggestions on ideas for a post-primary series bribe? I’m going for a long run. With a friend. And bagels!

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4 thoughts on “Long distance running & Ashtanga (DISCIPLINE)(I don’t have it)

    • Ahhh breakfast. This is brilliant. I generally teach at 6am then come home and feast…if I put that off for another hour and a half I can do primary series THEN feast!

  1. Yeah it can be a real challenge to do the practice at home. On the days where I really don’t feel like practising I just tell myself I only have to do standing, and then by the time I’m done standing I’m usually ready to do the rest.

    • This is a great idea. I often get myself out for runs like this-you just have to go to the park and back…by the time you’re started, you can finish. I like it. Thanks for the support šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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