When my son Matthew was teeny tiny, he went through the one-word-means-everything phase with "ish."It meant blanket, or dog, or no-thanks-on-the-mushy-peas-I'll-have-that-candy-over-there! Versatile, this -ish.
I've noticed the use of -ish seems to have picked up in recent years as a way to, I would say, "widen an acceptable range." I'm quite a fan of the flexibility this add-on can bring. When teaching a Melt & Mold class, for example, I cue hips to be square-ish which permits those with tightness to work within their individual range of motion. In training for a race, it's rather refreshing to see 3-ish on my training schedule for a crack-o'-dawn Wednesday morning. Thank you so very much, -ish, for making anything between 2 and 4 miles perfectly acceptable!
At times, -ish just causes confusion. Take for example the time in 9th grade when I got in trouble for only mowing half the lawn. Did my teenage ears hear "mow the lawn for 20-ish minutes?" Um....I'm pretty sure my mom wanted me to get the job done---like, all the way done, no -ish's, and's or but's.
See the tiny speck on that cable going across the Grand Canyon? That's Nik Wallenda. I doubt there are many -ish's in his vocabulary. He is most likely all in, all the time, with no fear and no excuses. I bet he never mowed half the yard.
*Just seeing this image make me want to curl into a ball and hide. His poor mother....
The good news is that, like chocolate and peanut butter, the two choices (to -ish or not to -ish) can co-exist make the most delightful combo if balanced appropriately.
Let’s say you’ve decided to tackle a road race of any longer distance. Congratulations! If so, you must know that there's really no gettin' around doing your long runs (if you don't want to get injured and DO want to enjoy the race, that is.... ). You do have some room to modify the details of your training, however. Joining a running group like Coach Eladio’s Runner’s Edge could be a perfect -ish balancer. You'll find accountability and good coaching to get your long run done **AND** find the ever-so-important flexibility within that structure, as Runner's Edge provides ranges of mileage and pace. You will successfully finish your LONG run each Saturday, which could be be 8-ish miles at 10:00-ish min/mi pace with a new-ish friend. See that balance?
Whether you consider yourself an "athlete" or simply a person striving for better health, surrounding yourself with other health-minded friends could be just the right motivation you need to form good balanced habits. Just like Runner's Edge, Melt & Mold offers solid commitment paired with plenty of wiggle room for individual schedule, budget, or level of ability.
I'd love to have you for the Summer session that runs May 20-Aug 8!
Monday nights 8:00 pm alternates between Flow & Roll (1st & 3rd Mondays of each month)
and Stretch & Roll (2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays)
Tuesday mornings 8:45 am Strengthen & Roll
Thursday mornings 8:45 am Stretch, Relax & Roll
*Don't see a time/day that works? Put a group together for a one-time or ongoing private session!
Fees for summer:
1 class per week or attend any 12x = $80
Attend any class/any day = $120
Drop in any time for $10/class--Teen athletes $5