Unfortunately today I will be having my first root canal 😦 I’m a little nervous about the whole thing, especially as the nerve is still alive (what if that means it hurts MORE???) but fingers crossed it all goes well. I won’t get my temporary crown until late next week, and the dentist explained that it leaves your tooth rather brittle and weak. I’m a grinder, so I’m concerned that I might grind on the exposed tooth, or that I might bang it when running/exercising. I hope I remember to ask that today!
Thus far, I have been doing slightly better with doing yoga! It’s back to the way it was at the beginning- if I can only fit in 10-15 minutes, that is what I do. I get disappointed in myself. Why can’t I schedule my time or find the motivation for more? I try to focus on the fact that I am getting it in, though, and that I am moving and stretching! I also have been trying to fit in a few sun salutations while I am waiting for my water to boil and tea to steep in the morning before work. Upward facing dog really helps loosen up my hips from running, and actually makes quite a difference.
How am I going to fit in my exercise while I am waiting for my crown? I think I will stick to mostly yoga! There is an area in my gym where you can use mats for stretching or whatever you like. At most, I may walk on the track, but it might prove difficult to stop myself from running. I am going to try and focus on flow yoga at home. I am already trying to focus on loosening up my mouth and face during my practice. Any tips for me??
I am also going to start really working on my turnout and flexibility for ballet. I will be starting at the beginning again, and those first exercises are not overly jarring. Back to pliés and tendus, frog sits and good toes/bad toes! It is surprising just how hard it is to work on turnout when your glutes are sore from running. Cross-training is the next step, for sure!! Kathryn Morgan addresses running and ballet in this video here (at 00:28):
I do stretch before and after running, but I will be amping it up! I also run on an elliptical- there is little impact on my shins, legs, and hips.
If you have any recommendations for cross-training, please comment below!!