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Move.

Our family just got back from vacation.  It was a slice of heaven tucked into the Northwest corner of Montana.  I learned something – or relearned it – or was reminded of it – I guess?  I like to move.  My body likes to move. 

But the thing is…I’ve been ‘in training’ for the whole summer.  And with training, comes structure.  And I relax into structure.  There is some comfort in knowing what you have to do and when you have to do it.  It’s a building of blocks one at a time moving you forward toward a goal. 

Just before vacation, I was faced with a choice.  I was having physical challenges during my runs that weren’t getting better.  It was turning my training ‘not fun’ and my body was speaking to me in the form of some serious back discomfort.   So – I had two choices.

One.  Hang in there.  Gut it out.  Try to figure it out.  Go to my Muscle Activation Specialist and my Massage Therapist who specializes in myofascial release.  Man before my vacation we were trying to figure.it.out.  On top of their amazing work…Yoga? Check.  Physical Therapy exercises?  Check.  Obsessive stretching?  Check.  Rolling?  Check. 

Or two.  Step away and let my body settle down and enjoy my vacation. 

After some soul searching and listening to my body, I gave up on my goal to complete another marathon and picked NUMBER TWO. 

And let me tell you – enjoy my vacation is what I did.  I took two weeks OFF.  I swam.  Hiked.  Whitewater rafted.  Played with my kids.  Climbed.  Descended.  Ran around.  Walked.  Spelunked.  Canoed.  Alpine sledded.  Ziplined.  Biked.  Did this cool suspended ropes course.  It.was.just.awesome. 

I realized that as much as I like the structure of training…I also really liked just incorporating movement into my day. 

Good.Reminder. 

Exercise programs are great.  They provide you with direction – a goal – a structure.  Good stuff. 

But also…moving around in your daily living.  Seeking out movement in a way that makes you happy.  That is also really, really good.  

Have a dance party in your kitchen.  Go for a walk around the block.  Go for a bike ride with a friend.  Take a swim in a lake.  Streeeeetch.  Clean your house.  Garden.  Help a friend move.  Lift some boxes in your basement.  Take piles of bags to Goodwill.  Put together some shelves from IKEA. 

Move.  Move.  Move. 

Your body was meant to move. 

Peace.  Love.  Joy.

Sarah

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The Mantra

It was humid. It was sticky. And the pain in my back was starting in the very middle of a very long run. What to do? I stopped to stretch with the gnats swirling around me…and ate a bar and tried to regroup. My back was screaming…

I was feeling dejected. You know when you think you do EVERYTHING right and nothing is going as you planned?? I strength trained all winter knowing that I was going to be running, running, running – in training for a marathon. I rolled. I stretched. I was ready, right?

Now…mid season and halfway there – back pain that scared me enough to consider dropping my training.

Crap.

Have you ever been somewhere in or around this place? Not the same exact place of course…but somewhere in this place? Planning on something. Optimism brimming. Getting ready for months to do something? Excited. Hopeful.

And then something happens that gets in the way of your PLAN. Stops you. Slows you down. Rears its ugly head and bites you in the ass.

I freaking hate that.

I’ve done a lot of work to remember that I’m not the driver of the bus…but I do try and set myself up for success. And here I was…sweaty, in pain, unsure if I could finish, and frustrated.

Then, in the back of my mind it started. DO YOUR MANTRA…WHAT YOU SAY, YOU CAN MAKE HAPPEN. POWERFUL MOJO…THINK…

I started running again…and with each breath I let something positive come out.

I AM HEALTHY.
I AM GRATEFUL.
I AM WILLING.
I AM STRONG.
I CAN DO THIS.
I AM ABLE.

Then, it narrowed down to the basics…

I AM STRONG.
I AM WILLING.
I AM ABLE.

again and again and again and again…with each step.

I have to tell you that it didn’t result in no pain, light feet, or a delightful run. But. I did finish. It wasn’t pretty. But I did finish.

When you’re in that place? That place where you feel despair, frustration, socked in, locked up…your very own power can set you free. Simply by saying the words.

They may not ring true when you’re in the middle of it, but they’ll remind you of your power. You are speaking directly to your subconscious.

Each of us is incredibly powerful. Powerful beyond measure. You just have to believe it. And say it. And if you don’t believe it? Keep saying it.

What you speak, you create.

Namaste & Peace,
Sarah