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Yoga Off The Mat

“She’s a long way from the sea, but still feels the ocean breeze.”

This sums up so much about where I am right now. I dream of the sea at night. She pulls me through the dark with her sweet siren song. My heart longs for crashing waves and sandy beaches.

My body is far from reaching the flexibility needed for the poses I love, yet I use the poses to stretch into a new body.

I feel the salty breeze caressing my skin and know I’m getting closer.

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The Siren emerges.

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Past, Present & Future … Reflecting As We Race Towards 2014

1st 5K 2010

Just past the finish line of my first 5K… I’ve come a long way, baby!

 

Yep, that’s me. The past me. Huffing, puffing, heaving and wheezing at the finish of my first 5K just over 3.5 years ago. I can still remember the day I ran my first mile. It wasn’t too long before this first 5K. My first two-mile run – I almost fell off the treadmill in my excitement at hitting that two-mile mark for the first time in my life!

 

You see, I had always struggled with running due to mild asthma, so I just let my horses do the running for me.

Then, in 2009, I started training in Krav Maga. My lungs got stronger, as did the rest of my body, I got tougher, and I realized I can do this running thing. So, when I first ran a two-miler, the lightbulb flashed on – I WILL RUN A MARATHON!

And then, a few weeks later, I ran the first 5K of my life, and, well, you can see how that ended.

The funny thing is, though, I LIKED IT. So I’ve been keeping on keeping on ever since…. Well, except for this past Spring/Summer, but anyhow, I’m back at it.

My past “races”:

2010 Rails to Trails 5K, Marshall, TX
2010 “Hottest Half” Dallas, TX (my 1st 1/2)
2010 Warrior Dash, Central TX
2012 KY Derby Festival MiniMarathon
2012 Owensboro Memorial Day Half
2012 Warrior Dash, KY

Presently training for:

2014 KY Derby Festival Marathon (it will be my first full marathon!)
2-3 Half Marathons (just before & after the full… If my crazy work schedule allows)

Present goal:
Sub 2-hour Half Marathon (my last 1/2 was 2:13)

Future endurance goal:

Complete a 50-mile Ultra (possibly 2015?)

As a new mommy and a full-time factory worker (with crazy hours), 2014 will be an interesting year to say the least.

I invite you to join me in this journey, be inspired and, hopefully, share a few laughs.

Now, tell me, what are your goals for the coming year?