The Art of Doing Nothing and Other Random Musings

If what “they” say is true about the night before the night before a race being the most important for sleep, then I nailed it this time. I went to bed early-ish, after a relaxing yoga session (more on that later), fell asleep immediately, and slept through the entire night. I don’t think I even moved, which is unheard of for me. My friends call me a “flopper”, AKA I move around and kick all night. Flopping. Anyway, I slept wonderfully. It’s amazing what having a job will do for your sleep schedule. When I wasn’t working, I had the hardest time falling asleep every night…I’m talking hours of laying awake. Now, I’m out in 4 to 9 minutes. Exactly.

Wyatt likes sleep too, just like his mama.

Note: I left out the part about frozen yogurt for dinner; not the best decision pre-half but I can’t be perfect, right? I put strawberries on it, at least…my excuse is that I was hot from hot yoga. And wanted to hang with Brendan and Aaron. They didn’t love being seen with me in public with my hair all a sweaty mess, but that’s just the price you have to pay for my company, guys!

For today, I have a compilation of random thoughts from my train ride this morning. I get to think a lot on the train, and thinking is always a good thing to do, right? Here we go:

1) Yoga last night was weird. I went in expecting a hot Vinyasa flow class, which was noted on the schedule, but got a lot of chanting and stories and slow movements. I totally appreciate that that’s what some people are looking for, but it’s just not so much for me. Eventually we did move more and I fulfilled my mission of getting a good stretch for Saturday. It was certainly hot and I love feeling the heat seep into my muscles, so it was a win overall. But the teacher started creepily referring to tightening different body parts that I’ve never heard mentioned in a yoga class. Or in public. Maybe I just need to open my mind more. Or maybe I just need to find a hot yoga for runners class, because honestly, I’m so NOT in it for the peacefulness.

This is more my style. (Source)

2) In this technologically advanced generation, I’ve noticed that no matter where I am, like the train, no one “does nothing” anymore. Riding on the train? Waiting in line?*** Sitting in a taxi? Gotta pull out the phone. Do people enjoy life in front of them anymore? There is a phrase for this in Italian; L’arte di non fare niente . The Art of Doing Nothing. (I think I read that in the book Eat, Pray, Love). I AM GUILTY OF THIS TOO, just so you know. But I’ve been trying to stop and take in my surroundings lately. Today on my walk to said train, I decided, hey, I’m going to stop checking my email and look around and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. What a novel idea! I always preach about how uplifting the sun and warmth is and how anxious about summer I am, so why not fully embrace it? I wish trains had windows that slide open like on trolleys. Train trolleys!

Hooray for nature!

***Friendly discussion: IN line or ON line? East Coasters say ON line and it drives me nuts. You’re IN a line! There is no line you are standing ON!

3) How do we get companies to change how they operate in regards to excessive sitting at computers? I believe if we find a way as a nation to change how “desk jobs” operate by being innovative, we could solve a lot of health and productivity problems. And general uncomfortable-ness at work problems. Sitting on stability balls isn’t going to cut it. We need to do something that really gets to the core of the problem…why does work for so many people involve sitting only? What can we do about this?!


 4) How do you encourage people who don’t have the desire, drive, or education to live a healthy lifestyle, to have the desire to be healthy and get educated about it?

5) Do you ever stop in your tracks and think, “Wow, life moves SO quickly.”? I was driving yesterday and “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith came on the radio and I was catapulted back to seventh grade and the Armageddon movie. Normally I would have changed the station. But, I’m such a nostalgic person about EV.ERY.THING. so I started thinking about junior high and my life in Iowa and I couldn’t believe how fast time has gone. It’s scary to me. Usually it’s a song that makes my mind wander to the past. Are you nostalgic too?


6) Friends, stop being so hard on yourself! Be kind to yourself and remember that YOU ARE important to take care of. So many people are awesome at supporting others, but don’t do the same for themselves. Follow the advice you would give to a good friend. One thing my yoga teacher said last night that resonated with me was “Be kind in self-talk to your body”. Don’t think negative thoughts about yourself all the time; be positive and “nice” to your body.

7) New Yorkers aren’t as rough and tough as they make themselves out to be. I can see right through that act now! They can be friendly, contrary to popular stereotypes (gasp!) I’ve sadly only learned this recently (after living here for 4 years), mind you. Remember, a smile goes a long way.

Enough with my thoughts, what’s on your mind today? Happy Friday!

Oh, and see you at the finish line! If you feel so inclined and want to help a sister out, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND INSPIRING TEXTS/TWEETS/EMAILS/CARRIER PIGEONS WITH TREATS throughout the race tomorrow. 7am start. I’ll be running with my phone and will be eternally grateful if you choose to send encouragement through various points in the race. I’ll definitely give you a high five at the LEAST!

Post race will consist of treats and snoozin’. Snoozin’ and treats.

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  1. May 18, 2012 / 12:08 pm

    this is so exciting! You are going to rock the race. I feel ya on the hot yoga class, I go to one back home and luckily most of the time it is perfect. But then you get that one teacher in a blue moon that is just too into the strange yoga practices. it happens! I couldn’t relate more to how time goes by so fast, you always have those moments too when something reminds you of a past memory.

    • May 18, 2012 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you!! (Are you Ashley’s sister, by the way? haha)

      Yeah I like when yoga teachers play fun music and aren’t so serious…not so much into the legit “yoga” type music. Just not for me!

  2. May 18, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Good luck with your race tomorrow! I’m running a 10K so I’ll be right there with ya for a few miles, right? You will rock the race anyway. I love that Armageddon song and remember when that movie came out and that song, I was in 7th/8th grade too!

    You never know, the froyo might help you do well? I had this thing going where I was eating a cupcake before races and doing really well, so I just kept doing it, lol. I don’t think it really had anything performance enhancing- it’s just simple sugar. But maybe it was the routine of treating myself the day before the race that was kind of comforting?

    I’m into yoga for the running benefits too, so not into the strange practices. I’m a once a week yogi to loosen up, not a diehard.

    • May 18, 2012 / 4:04 pm

      Good luck to you in your 10K! Hope you have perfect weather and everything goes smoothly…aka no car trouble this time :)

      I remember you saying you like to eat cupcakes the night before a race! Love it. I bet the sugar is actually good in a way. Or, like you said, it’s just comforting :)

      Once a week yoga for me, too!

  3. misszippy1
    May 18, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Good luck this weekend! I hope you have a fantastic day out there.

    So true about the fact that we are never just still. I’m guilty all the way. The only time I actually stop is an annual trip we take to the Adirondacks where there is no electricity, no connectivity, nada. Time truly stands still. And you know what? Of all the trips we’ve taken with our kids, that is the one they want to go back to over and over. It speaks volumes.

    • May 18, 2012 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you!

      I’m so guilty of it too. That sounds like an amazing trip though! So great your kids enjoy vacations like that :) I remember going to the Smokey Mountains when I was younger and absolutely loving the “isolation”.

  4. May 18, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    I love this post and agree with it all, well except for yoga because I don’t do it so I don’t know if I agree or not! I think NYCers are rough and tough when you get in their way when they are in a hurry… I know I’ve turned into one a few times! :) And what’s with “to stay or to go”? So confusing… so used to “for here or to go”

    • May 18, 2012 / 4:00 pm

      YES!! TO STAY OR TO GO!! It gets me everytime. I have to think twice about what they just said…which is kind of sad that my brain is that slow. But still! For HERE or to go. Absolutely.