I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve realized that there’s some sort of activity that I latch onto, to help me get through a deployment. For our first deployment, hiking was my thing and it truly helped ease things. Not only was it a great workout, but it definitely took my mind off of missing A so much. This time around, barre has definitely been my thing.
Early on way before A left, it was decided that I would spend the entire deployment back home with my family. Since getting here, my plans have changed a bit and would only be staying here for part of the deployment. I discovered barre back when I was on the islands and it was something that I truly enjoyed. It easily became one of my favorite workouts!
Barre works on elongating and leaning out your muscles; it’s a combination of dance, pilates and yoga using the ballet barre. Before I arrived to Washington, I was already hunting down a barre studio and was excited when I came across the only one in my hometown. About a week after I arrived, I bought a package and have been going about 3 times a week.
I love the studio that I take my classes at and the owner is super nice, but she sure knows how to make us work during our barre sesh. Since I’ve been consistent with my barre classes and soon to be traveling again, I’ve been wanting to get into yoga and running.
But what about volleyball? As much as I love volleyball and try to play it as often as I can, it’s not as consistent as it was during my competitive playing days. However, I’ve managed to play in three tournaments on the weekends during my time here. And by the time I leave, I will have played in 5 tournaments! This was something I definitely wasn’t expecting because a lot of the people that I did play with before I left Washington have either moved or don’t play anymore. It has been a much welcomed treat to actually get some volleyball in.
Back to the yoga and running. Yesterday, I’ve started my running journey (if you saw my post on Instagram, you know all about it) and was rather surprised about how eager I was to get into running. I’ve never been one to love running and have tried it out for a solid month, but ended up calling it quits on that. On my off days from barre, I sat around wanting to do more. And that’s when running came to be. I had a rather successful day with running, I managed to run a little over a mile without stopping, which is a huge accomplishment for me. Running is definitely baby steps, but I can’t wait to see all the changes as it becomes a regular part of my routine.
Once I head back to visit my brother on the Big Island, there’s no barre studio near where he lives, so it’ll be running and yoga. There is a pilates studio that I wanted to check out, but I think those two will suit me just fine until I head back to Oahu.
Ah yes, if you didn’t know, now you do. I’ll be heading back to the islands come Spring! The hope is to continue with my barre + yoga + running routine and, OF COURSE, more hiking adventures. Everyone, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back to my mountains. I’ve missed them so much and am impatiently waiting to hike again. And that means more adventures to share with everyone!
What has been your “thing” during deployments?