I’ve gotten lazy about posting!!!
Well, I’ve been trying to keep up practices and workouts as much as possible, but A-kon threw a fantastically huge wrench into that. I have less than two weeks before my trip to Japan and I really need to do more iaido.
I also slacked off on running! The Hyatt Anatole had a lovely running track, but since A-kon, I’ve slacked off. I ran today, though! I decided to step back to the C25K thing to ease back in properly. I ran for 5 minutes, walk, 8, walk, 5 and that seemed to work out well. I’ll probably do that again then up to to two 10 minute runs for a few days then back to running 2+ miles! Yeah!!! By the way, I love my Saucony Ride shoes. They’re wonderful.
Also! Been doing parkour with Urban Movement in Houston. They’re pretty awesome people. Used up my first Groupon… but I have a second. so 4 more classes! Yeah!
Clear Lake Iaido was once again invited to demonstrate at the Evelyn Meador Library in Seabrook on May 4, 2013.
Ash Welborn-sensei, who is also the young adult librarian, demonstrated Shin Shin Ryu, Douglas Pillow demonstrated Toyama Ryu and Emily Egan-sensei and her students (including me), demonstrated Musō Jikiden Eishin Ryū.
The demonstration started with an introduction to the styles of iaido being demonstrated, then the instructors took questions.
Ash-sensei and Douglas did reishiki, then Ash-sensei demonstrated a selection of Shin Shin Ryu waza and tameshigiri. Douglas followed the same pattern, demonstrating waza followed by tameshigiri.
Clear Lake Iaido went next and, after bowing in, we split into two groups. Beverly and Nemo did their embu, followed my Emily-sensei and myself, then we did Tachi Uchi no Kurai.
After we did reishiki, more questions were asked and answered.
So! According to this article on stride rate I read earlier this week, a shorter, faster stride rate is more efficient than longer strides. I grew up a daddy’s girl and followed my dad around everywhere, so I have always taken long, mannish strides to keep up with him. I definitely do this when I run.
Today I had to run 25 minutes straight for week 7 day 1 of the C25K program and while yes, I pulled this off at The Digital Run, I was very distracted by pretty lights and all the people. 25 minutes of me running with just children playing football badly and people’s’ gardens to look at, well… yeah. I was sure it’d be tough.
However, since that article claims that running is less tiring with the shorter strides, I tried it. Not only did I run faster than normal, I wasn’t nearly as tired as I was Sunday when I ran 22 minutes. FASCINATING.
Also, The horse rider person went through my dirt road path outside the neighborhood when it was muddy. Now it’s dry and there were hoof print holes all down there. I had to be careful!
The only downside is that it was chilly and windy, so my nose decided to run as well. It was a very snotty run. Yay! Snot!!!
Today was week 6 day 3 of the C25K program! I had to run for 22 minutes straight.
The first mile was pretty easy. I ran through the field in the first half of my run. It’s really pretty there since all the wild flowers are blooming.
The second half was really hard. I don’t know it it as because I was told by the C25K app that I was half done or just because running for 22 minutes without tons of distractions is hard when I haven’t been running very long. By the time I was almost done, I was wondering “Whyyyyy am I doing this???” But once I heard the one minute left alert, I perked up. Once I was done, the sense of victory was worth it.
Went to the dojo well rested and ready for action!
Had to give our new student a quick dressing review lesson, then we warmed up with Batto ho, then did the first five seiza together.
At this point, we split class and I helped our new student with the first five seiza waza.
After class we had an extra session to work on kumitachi. We did the drills, then tsumeai no kurai.
We wound up practicing for 3 hours! It was a good practice.
Today was the League City Wellness Walk! It’s an annual walk the city does to help fund the city’s seniors’ health programs. Continue reading
I’ve decided to start blogging my iaido practices and my runs! It’s a good habit to get in. Nothing fancy, this is mostly o keep track of things for me.
For those who don’t know, I practice Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido.
Friday we worked on Batto Ho no + oku waza, then did drills before doing Tachi Uchi no Kurai.
Unfortunately, due I lack of sleep I wasn’t in my best form. There are some practices that you work hard and get a lot out of an others where you try your best and still do terribly, but the repetition is good for you. This was definitely one of the latter.