last weekend was a long weekend, which is odd because i don’t have any performances. Instead, some of my students played at Phipps Plaza Saturday morning, one of my students was performing on a friend’s recital Sunday and needed her violin tuned, and then I had my lesson Sunday evening. Playing has been challenging since the shoulder rest broke Friday afternoon.
My shoulder was soooo sore by the time the kids were done playing (I was playing duet parts). Needless to say practicing Saturday afternoon was challenging. I’ve pulled out my old sponges to use until my new shoulder rest gets here (which finally shipped this morning 3 days after I ordered it. I don’t think USPS is 2nd day delivery like I requested. sigh). This of course can open a whole can of worms among violinist. Shoulder rest vs. sponge (or nothing)? I played for 4 years using a sponge. Believe me I get the arguement. However, I have an unusually long neck for a violinist. Hence the need for speedy delivery of the new shoulder rest. My shoulder, neck, and back all hurt. It’s not a lot of fun. I couldn’t even make it through a 60 minute lesson on Sunday. I’m trying to practice technique stuff and no solo stuff because I’m worried that I’ll mess things up. I’m totally compensating because I cannot hold my violin the same at the moment.
The other problem is that I am once again sick :(. I slept for almost 12 hours Sunday and woke up feeling like a truck had hit me. After cranky knee throwing a wrench in training last week I’m a little nervous about training for my marathon in 8 weeks. I did do a lot of cross training last week, and I did a 20 minute yoga core workout this morning (love yogadownload.com). My legs feel strong. I’m just nervous about running 26.2 without enough training. I’ve done it before. My first marathon I only got a 15 mile run in as my longest before the race. It was miserable. I don’t ever want to go into another race under trained. I feel like I can get away with under training for almost any distance other than a marathon. It’s a different monster. Fingers are crossed that i can go running tomorrow. I’m spraying Lysol everywhere trying to kill the germs!!!