Traditionally, Sundays have been my yoga days. Yeah, I know, yoga doesn’t sound very Spartanish. The truth is I don’t like yoga very much, but I like what it does for my body. I have always, let me repeat this, always been unflexible. I don’t ever recall being able to touch my toes, even as a kid. I still can’t touch my toes, but I’m more flexible than when I started so it is helping. I do yoga primarily to prevent injury and to help me perform better in other workouts.
On this short timetable to get ready for the Beast, I knew I needed to do something else. This is a prime example of how I’m struggling with wanting to work harder, but also not overtrain. I searched through the Spartan Workouts of the Day (WOD and found one to modify. I started the workout with a one mile jog. Then I did a 30 second hill sprint at full speed. Then 150 lunges. Then 2 more 30 second hill sprints with a 30 second break in between. I finished the last 1/2 mile running intervals. After a very brief cooldown, I did the Patience Hummingbird routine by Tony Horton. This yoga set is about 40 minutes and has an emphasis on holding poses longer. For the first time ever, I came close to enjoying yoga. After that run, it felt good to get in those extended stretches. That satisfied me and I rested peacefully during church.