I've had a hard time admitting to myself, but I'm done with running, for probably 3 or more months (it could be 6!). My hamstring is not improving. I do fine with kettlebell and yoga as long as I avoid deadlifts in kettlebell and don't try overstretching in yoga. In a way, it's nice to just be doing the 2 things. Trying to do it all was hard, and I didn't make much strength progress. I was ok with that, but still, I didn't progress. Now I can focus on these 2 things. I want to continue working on my upper body strength, (which I did more of while running) but also lower body. Time to increase the weight for my goblet squats and lunges. Time to start working on single leg squats. In yoga I want to work on inversions and improving my back bends. I can do these without aggravating my hamstring.
I've ordered a new kettlebell DVD, Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Revelation
I have 3 DVDs by Lauren, as well as her book and BeSlam program. I plan on rotating the DVDs, adding extra stuff when needed, such as some conditioning at the end of the strength workouts, and a strength warm-up before the conditioning workouts.
I may eventually try a series by Pat Flynn, of Chronicles of Strength. He uses mostly double kettlebells, and I don't have 2 8kg bells, I don't even have 1. I have a 15lb bell and a 20lb bell, then I have two 12kg bells. I guess I could do his program with the 15# and 20#, alternating hands each set. I could not do it with the 12kg. I plan on 6 solid weeks of using the DVDs, then maybe I'll try his.
Yoga continues to be great. I love the class I'm attending and I use YogaGlo.com almost everyday.
This week at yoga class I got to try a yoga toy.
This thing was amazing. It was easy to get into headstand with it, and now I want one. I could do much longer headstands, and it was easier to engage my core, and work on that instead of my head/neck or hands hurting.
So many new things I want. If only I had unlimited funds for my hobbies. :)