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What a magical week!
I went on 3 hikes and turned one year sober.

I also had a handful of people say the same thing to me:
“YOU have so much to offer the world”…..I find that so beautiful….my little ears are used to my imaginary ear-plugs constantly blocking out any form of kind remark or compliment from anyone. I have learned this year to remove those imaginary ear-buds and accept the words of others and accept that I am a worthy person capable of helping others. Most my life I felt so broken that the thought of helping others seemed absolutely impossible. How can one help another if they don’t even know who they are in the first place?

My life is growing. I feel so much change and evolution within myself and I can barely contain it. Today I hear people say that I have so much to offer….and I finally can stop, think and really say “YES! I agree”. I really feel that my story, and the things I have gone through in life can help so many other people. The thought of being a guiding light for another makes me giddy as I sit here typing this. I remember about 6 months ago reading about desires and the importance of setting an intention. I remember waking up every morning and thinking, “God, I desire to feel empowered and vitality…..I desire to empower others”….and I said that every single day for a while amongst other things.

WIthin this past month, I feel this. I feel my confidence slowly rising and my fear subsiding. I feel my words towards others really lifting them. I used to only use this blog as a way for spreading my word but now I see it around me…..it’s an incredible feeling.

So the last three days really defined my new blog name! It’s funny how true this blog-name-change came along…..I created it and find myself truly on the trails or in the water everyday:) Being in nature combined with living a loving, positive life really makes everything better….I feel if others saw the brighter side of things, we could all help each other grow…..

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?’ These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come”
-Henri Nouwen

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(above: after climbing a few waterfalls, I reached a place to swim. isn’t washington amazing?)

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(trail-running to lake melakwa)

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(climbing waterfalls)

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(next day: hiking to Barclay Lake with my brother)

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(this is why i need to buy a professional photography camera….i want to be a photographer someday!)

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(it was too cold to jump in, but we thoroughly explored the area)

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(brother bear exploring the meadows)

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(we had our own private beaches)

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(just hangin!)

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(day 3////last night where we went hiking/trail-running till 9pm)

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(the sun before our head down the trail)

What a glorious week! You have SO much to offer….we all do. Make the most of this beautiful life!

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Something I’ve never really been good about is showing weakness. My perfectionistic obsessiveness always brought me to a place of pushing to be perfect when I really just needed to relax…

 

Sometimes in life we need to take it easy. Anything we push in life surely will go away in one way or another. In my case, its battling this tendonitis. It started a year ago in my left wrist. I was jumping into handstands, crow, anything upside down. I still do these things but at that point in my life I was aggressively pushing the pain out of my mind and thinking it would go away in time. I am 27 years old and to this day (knock on wood) I’ve never broken a bone, I’ve never sprained anything and really never been hurt. Anything I have ever done has served me well and anything that hurts always went away. Time sure has changed, because I’m starting to really feel pain if I work too hard in one form of exercise…I wake up in back/shoulder pain once and awhile and realize I am no longer invincible like my ego thought I was.

 

My tendonitis got worse….I went to teacher training and spent the whole training working against myself with this wrist problem. When I got home from training, it got so bad that I finally went to a hand therapist. I didn’t feel things were really helping since It was just in a brace for months so I took up acupuncture. I also felt that that only helped lesson the pain for a short while. Keep in mind through all this I was still getting upside down on my mat and not modifying for shit.

 

Finally we tried natural injections and within a month, everything was gone. Woohooooo. It’s been about 4 or 5 months now with a good wrist.

 

Now my tendonitis is back and it’s in my shoulder, around my rotator cuff and down my upper arm. I couldn’t sleep for days and it felt like constant aching. I went to my chiropractor and acupuncture doc again and we are working through this.

 

I am also doing a 30 day yoga challenge this month.

ohhhhh the power of an addictive crazy person. Things are different now though…I have been to 6 classes in the last 5 days and have mixed in Bikram, Yin and in my normal power classes, I’m dropping my knees in chatarunga and not getting upside down. As much as I have mini panic attacks when I’m holding a chair pose prayer twist and the teacher says we can jump into side-crow if that’s in our practice, I stay still…I know now that my ego has brought me injury, and my ego will continue to try to give me injury but only if i let it.

So I learn to let go…

Quiet the ego down that tells me I will not be a good teacher if I cant do EVERYTHING.

It’s so important to be aware of how we treat our bodies and we have to mentally check in with our intentions. In my case, I had the intention of looking good. I came to my mat to prove to everyone in the room that I could follow all the teachers orders in grace. But that’s pure bullshit now isn’t it? No one gives a flying care what you do on your mat. They also don’t care what you do in your life. Everything is all up in our heads to try and wear this special mask when we are all not that special.

When we injure ourselves and continue to ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us, which is to relax and lay off a little, we cause further pain.

 

We need to use yoga to free our ego. Become whole. Become quiet. We come together to share the energy of breathing and moving and living…but coming to yoga to show off your damn gymnastics skills, especially on injury will only burn you out. This month I’m learning to be gentle with my body and mind….because I want this mind and body to last longer than my shitty ego sometimes:)

 

So create space. let it go….let go the need to be so much more than you are. be happy with yourself because you are already perfect.

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This week has been a relaxing one so far. I had the chance to see Bryan Kest for my second time and take his master class. As usual, it was amazing. His outlook on life is inspiring and just having the chance to listen to him speak about life and speak about yoga is something that would benefit everyone in order to live a better, more authentic life.

 

I wish I could have recorded his entire talking portion of the class because everything was noteworthy. He talked about how we make yoga SHIT. We bring our shit into yoga and we make it into shit. We bring in our insecurities with our bodies, we bring in our competitive nature and perfectionism issues. We make it shit. We come into yoga wanting to lose a certain amount of weight or get a yoga body because we are unhappy with the way we are. He said YOGA thinks you’re perfect and beautiful just as you are…

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He talked about how the point of yoga is to gain enlightenment. It’s coming into class and opening our bodies and creating balance. Anything in life that we force, or overwork….wears out the fastest. If we go into class and the teacher says to do something, we don’t have to do it exactly as he/she says, we must listen to our bodies and modify as necessary. Your teacher doesn’t care how fancy you get and handstands won’t promise you a healthy body. The key is balance.

 

He discussed the idea of buying a used car….what kind of car do we want to buy? Even if its an older car, what kind of car do we want?…..We want that gently used car from the old lady in Pasadena. WHY you ask? because that old car in Pasadena is in a location with no humidity and no rust….taken care of by a lady that probably follows the speed limit and takes care of it. The last car we want to buy is one from a taxi driver in New York City. See the difference?

He uses this as an analogy for our bodies. The better we take care of our bodies, without force and with gentle moderation…will last the longest. The body we pound and overuse and not let rest will wear down quickly.

 

He said so many things to write down… so with this blog entry I didn’t exactly care where it went format-wise….it’s more a free-write of what I remember from my experience.

 

Something else that he mentioned was gratitude. We must always be grateful. When we come from a place of always always thinking “I’ll be happy when….” then we’ll never fricken be happy. We will always get something then once we have it we’ll move on to the next thing we think will create happiness for ourselves. We must come from a place of “I am happy. I am grateful for…”

 

One part that i could really relate to was addiction. He discussed the addict who stops the substance he/she is addicted to. There is this space of stress and boredom and a flow of emotions but once we get through that, there is serenity. It’s so very true. To be happy JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE is key. As an addict myself, I have gone through this, and it’s the best thing that has ever happened in my life. I am grateful for simplicity. I am grateful spending time alone with myself without the need to feel incomplete. When we get to this peacefulness….we develop serenity.

 

There was so much more but if you ever get a chance to check him out, you should. After his lecture we had a great practice filled with laughs, F-bombs and smiles. I have been so grateful for my life. I even signed up for Art of Assisting here in April and I can’t wait. This is another teacher training program through Baron Baptiste. I am grateful and excited for my life to unfold.

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“Be yourself. Not because everybody else is taken, but because you’re just plain fucking awesome!”

-Rachel Brathen

 

Ahhhh this wise Rachel Brathen. I have been following this woman for the past year via Instagram and met her at her master class here in Kirkland and based on everything I’ve ever read from her, along with the presence she carries, you can tell she is a phenomenal down to earth real chick with authenticity pouring through in everything she does. She brings up a good point though…you are plain fucking awesome. We spend so much time trying to figure out who we are when all we have to do is just BE.

Where does your mind go when you are all alone? On a day off with no plans…what do you find yourself doing? Where does your heart gravitate towards? We are all very simple yet complicated human beings. We want to be more than we are, we want to fit in where we feel we belong…we want to look like our idols…but we forget how amazing we are all on our own.

Since I quit drinking almost 7 months ago, i spend a lot of time alone. I spend a lot of time with my yoga practice or running. I spend a lot of time with my family and very close friends…but i have given up trying to impress the rest of you. I have given up trying to find where I belong. I have given up the search for the best diet. I have given up trying to figure out what I should do with my entire life…I’m done looking for the fricken bow I thought I was supposed to find in order to wrap up my perfect looking life in a nice little present to show you all how to be perfect and fit.

 

Who cares. No such thing as perfection. No such thing as ANYTHING. Everyone tries too hard to be someone they are not and they stop following their heart. You are amazing and perfect just the way you are my blogger friends.

What do we do once we settle with being ourselves? Well we take what we have and we truly LIVE our life and improve it for the better. Look at your life right now and decide what’s going well…If you knew you were going to die 10 years from now, what would you do differently today?

Yoga for me if what ties everything together. I don’t see yoga as just some way to lose weight….it’s nothing like that for me at all. Yoga for me, is the fine tuning that I choose to do everyday in order to stay grounded. Yoga is love for myself, love for my life, and all people around me. Yoga teaches me that nothing is perfect and when you are living in your most difficult times, yoga teaches you to breathe through it and that life is all practice. Your yoga practice is just practice…..it’s not yoga perfect. This life you have is a life practice….it will never be perfect. You will never be perfect, and that is the beauty of living a life everyday filled with the love that we get to practice compassion and self-love every single day of our existence. We don’t need to see our life as some lofty competition.

So today, stop trying so hard. Get on your mat and practice love for this life. If you have a fitness goal in mind, think of it as a goal to treat your body as a temple. Your body should only digest fresh, organic food that helps your body grow and stay its best. Choose to really MOVE your body. Stop being so sedentary. Work as much as you need but remember to LIVE every other hour of your day. Self love is most important….and from there we build a solid foundation that allows others to find it for themselves. Remember how fucking amazing you are. Namaste.

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I’m back I’m back!!! Feels like it’s been so long! I have had a broken computer forever…I have updated a few times from my cell and iPad but nothing compares to writing on my laptop. Sometimes over the last couple weeks, I would be daydreaming about what I wanted to write about and then when I thought about it more…the thought of doing it all via phone sounded too exhausting…my thoughts move much too fast for my measly phone. Anyway I finally got off my ass and took my Mac to the Apple store and found out it was a lot easier to fix than expected…go figure.

Anyway! A lot has happened since last time I updated!  Last month I had seen Rachel Brathen for the master class and it was amazingggg. Since then I have really worked on my arm balances. I also signed up for Bryan Kest’s master class for the 18th of this month! I can’t wait to see him again, I saw him a year ago and he is fantastic!

 

Things that have happened since:

  • I turned 27!…Holy crap.
  • I turned 6 months sober.
  • I hiked.
  • I yogaaad.
  • I ran.
  • AND OUR SEAHAWKS WON THE SUPERBOWLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!

 

Let’s start with my birthday. I am officially 27…When I was a little girl, I imagined that by the age of twenty-seven, I would be married with a child, living in a house that I owned and working a 9-5 job. My life is quite the opposite and I’m learning to accept it. I officially gave up trying to control everything this year. I can’t control you, I can’t control the future, I can’t control anything other than my actions…I have my side of the street to clean and that is what I’ve committed to this year. A year of bettering one’s self to the point of beaming happiness…a commitment that allows me to be completely present and content with this moment…right here right now. No one else EVER truly cares what you do and where you are in your life. Most people are always so focused on themselves that if we actually spend time trying to be someone or do certain things just to seem impressive, just to seem “normal”….well we are setting ourselves up for failure. I have come a long way since 26 and I wouldn’t change it in any way.

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So what did I do for my birthday? Well I went to a drag show with my best girlfriends of course! Haha I have never seen a drag show and its been on my bucket list! It was heaps of fun and all COMPLETELY SOBER:)

 

 

Thats brings me to my sobriety…woohoo I made it 6 months! It actually went by really fast. It’s amazing how happy I have been since I quit. Well it was really hard at first with the transition and the whole idea of “having to actually feel everything” but once you get past your fears and your ego…there is this space. A space of freedom…and that is where I am right now. I am at a place where I have the ability to be happy in every form because I let go of holding on to the one thing holding me back…and that was my alcohol problem…Anyway it feels great and I feel a lot more healthy!

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Another thing I’ve done since my last post is hike of course…heres a picture of me at Poo Poo Point! I’m coming back here sometime soon to go paragliding! 

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Here are a couple pictures from my yoga lately:

first attempt at headstand with lotus variation

first attempt at headstand with lotus variation

Brian and my first attempt at acro yoga!

Brian and my first attempt at acro yoga!

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day of the superbowl....our hawks killed it!

day of the superbowl….our hawks killed it!

And some excellent shots from my runs:

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7 mile run along the waterfront in Seattle

7 mile run along the waterfront in Seattle

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All the signs keep pointing to this constant arrow practically shouting at me to run a different direction. I have been living in fear my entire life. I choose security and emotional detachment at all costs with fear that I will be abandoned, fear that I will lose financial security, fear of the court system, or fear of loving someone and not being loved in return. I could go on…but then my entire life would be placed into that same category and immediately feel embarrassed of my sad little life.

Haha but that is just a story…all created in the mind with the ability to be changed when courage and vulnerability come into play. It’s so easy to become fully aware of my internal imprisonment but it takes time to truly change it and make it the life that I want to live. Here I am. I see it, I can change it.

Lately I’ve had this feeling in my bones to quit my job, sell my car and start backpacking and doing work exchanges. I don’t have a lot of money but I hear that it doesn’t take much and it’s mostly just our fears…my friend Kayla is doing this exact thing right now and has been giving me tips on how to get there. She has truly been an inspiration.

It won’t be for awhile because I have some legal things to take care of but trust me, when all is settled, it will be near impossible to hold back. Anyway, besides all my daydreaming, I have been reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I’ve watched her Ted Talks but never read her books and I am so happy that I did, it’s eye opening. Since I started reading her book I have also started art journaling. Talk about therapeutic….just watercolors, old magazines and my mind fully present and here are some of the things I created yesterday:

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I’m trying to get out of my funk…as some of you know I have been a tad aloof….with low motivation because I am treading through rough times…I know once I get through it all I will be able to breathe again but I feel a little helpless these days. Since my journaling and reading I have built up some motivation. I went to yoga today and soon I’ll be off to Bassline for some cardio tonight. Here is my schedule for the week!!!:

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I also have yoga and my running club on top of this…and started a myfitnesspal account to hold myself accountable. Do any of you have it??? I like that it syncs with my Runkeeper app so if any of you do have it, add me with my email tiarefitness@gmail.com or I think my username is tiarev. Anyway it’s fun to have friends to do this with. Anyway everyone have a great night!!

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Yesterday morning I woke up, laced my shoes and got over to Greenlake to do a little run. One lap around feeling that crisp air and then proceeded to a second lap because one just wasn’t enough. I am reading Chi Marathon right now so the entire run I was adjusting my stride, adjusting my shoulders, trying to land light on the balls of my feet,trying to breathe deeply in and out through my nose, and trying to stay present. It’s funny how on that first mile everything in your body speaks to you.

Your ankles ache a little
Your knees are confused why you ran so soon from the last run.
Your fingers start to numb a little wondering why you forgot your gloves, again.
Your shoulders tense up and you have to force relaxation.
You have to breathedeeply to all that pain and remember that half of ll this is exaggerated in your mind.
After that first mile you get to a clearing…your legs no longer hurt and your breathing becomes relaxed. You kind of forget that you are running. You begin to notice the trees, notice the families of ducks that all have a purpose, notice the changing clouds and the changing sun. You notice the runners on their second lap with you, you notice the new runners and realize that we are all here together.
We all have this common love for finding ourselves within our runs.
When I run, I am at peace. I lose all the stress of my life, of my day when I am out there.
I need to work on this in my actual reality. I need to see my life and live it the way I do on a run…with grace and a clear mind without worry of the past or future.
Since the new year has begun, I have fallen into stress eating, low motivation, unwilling to go to yoga daily and just want to lay in bed and read. I think it’s because I feel a tad stuck, I still don’t know my fate for the next few months, all my yoga friends are going to level one training in Utah this April and I desperately want to go, my best friend might be moving to Houston in August and I have crazy abandonment issues rising when everyone around me is moving forward while I am staying in the same place. I know this is just my ego getting the best of me and I must get over it…for now I will just keep running….and hopefully someday I can live my dreams and teach yoga and travel this beautiful earth at the same time.

 

 

 

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I can’t believe January is right around the corner. I am ready to start that fresh page on January 1st to a life transformation.

2013 was great but my mistake really set back my entire reality. The first half of the year I really pushed for my goals, then when my setback happened, I pushed harder. What was great about this year was getting deep into my yoga practice and completing Baron Baptiste level 1 in Sedona, Arizona this past June. It was my biggest resolution of the year and completing it was life changing. I made so many amazing friendships and worked on becoming a more authentic human being.

Through all of this there was a small piece skewing any possibility of true change and that was my alcoholism. It’s not the picture you may be painting in your mind of me not being able to stop drinking and constantly drunk, it’s that I barely drank and when I did, I’d completely blackout or make a bad decision that ruined any progress of moving forward in life. Anyway enough about that, it’s now the past but I bring it up to explain the reason 2014 will be much better….it will be because I am now sober and have no plan on returning back to drinking.

With a sober mind, we bring true authenticity. Think about it, when we were children we were wild with imagination, the possibilities were endless, everyone was our friend and we could have fun doing anything, anywhere. Flash-Forward to today where we don’t know how to even look people in the eye, we see our friends over social media a million times more than face-to-face, we work and stress out leading to wine in the evening to calm us down or help us sleep, we meet our friends for “happy hour” or go out to the clubs on the weekends to have fun. We don’t know how to live with ourselves, meet romantic mates without having a drink, and our vacations are basically binge-drinking havens…why even bother buying a plane ticket somewhere you’ll only remember by all your Instagram photos!?

I kid you…that was just my story, many of you are sane non-alcoholics but if that sounds like you, we are alike.

2014 will be tough for reasons I can’t go into, but it will be worth it. A new day, a new month, a new year we create the possibility to be more authentic and happy. We have the ability to stop living our sedentary lives and move more, run more, be more. We have the ability to eat healthy food and cook our own meals. We can treat our body like it matters and treat our life like we appreciate living.

It’s quite simple.
You don’t need to make lofty resolutions to lose a million pounds and workout everyday at the gym, you just need to make the resolution to JUST SHOW UP.
They say 90% of creating a new habit is just showing up. That is the hardest part about facing our goals because we are lazy and can’t get our feet out the door.
In yoga just show up, you don’t have to rock every practice, you can just get on your mat and lay in savasana the whole class and that is more effort than anything.
With running, put your shoes on and get out the door…you can walk today. You can do the same and walk tomorrow. In time you will eventually want to run. And if you can’t, just show up to try.

It’s that simple. 2014, make the effort to show up for your life and your goals and that will make all the difference in your progress.

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It’s around 12am the night after Christmas and realize how disconnected I am from my blog. My computer stopped working a couple weeks ago and I kind of just said, “to hell with it!”. I absolutely hate updating my blog via iPhone because my words get jumbled with spelling errors so forgive me now.

It’s Christmas. A whole year has already gone by. On Sunday, I will have 5 months sober and then it’s already the new year! Holy smokes time sure does fly by.

I have had so many experiences this year that have completely changed my life. I live from a place of gratitude these days and I live from a place of content. I no longer feel the need to wish things were different, wish people were different and wish my life would have gone a better route. I no longer feel the need to lose weight…I’ve almost grown out of this blog and sometimes want to start fresh with a different point of view. It’s funny how the moment we stop suffocating the need to be different, change actually occurs. We strangle people into trying to be people they are not, relationships they are not…we try so damn hard to find the perfect diet, we spend hours in a gym trying to emphasis the person we want to become, or the person we think we are.

Life will hand us so much,
A lot of it we truly cannot control.
All we can do is be our true authentic selves.

All we should do is embrace our passion, and if we don’t know what that is yet, we should make effort to discover it. We need to dive into our fears of all forms, experience things outside our comfort zone and be more open minded. The one thing I am working on most currently is the ability to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable for me is possibly one of the hardest things to do because I have crazy abandonment issues. I fear pain and if I can control feeling it, I do. But without vulnerability we aren’t really being authentic, we are lying to ourselves and to others by walking around with walls all around us.

Another thing is that a year ago I never thought my happy medium would be that I am a sober pescatarian that believes in running and yoga over all other forms. Sure I do more than that, but my mind used to think giving up meat was stupid, and quitting alcohol forever was unrealistic. A year ago I realize I was a lot more closed-minded. I didn’t share my real feelings, I clung to diet pills, and my self image was plummeted and all I had was this blog to show accountability to change.

Well I’ve changed alright…and I never want to go back. All I want from life is the ability to actually live it, fully. I want to face my soon-to-be challenges with grace, and once I get through that I want a BIGGER game plan. I want to really do something different and possibly get out of this country…but all shall be revealed in time:) life changes so fast…and this past year has taught me that I can handle a whole lot more…but now, with grace.

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I run to escape my thoughts, I run to analyze and solve problems, I run because I still can, I run because at the end of the day…I have this happiness.

Running for me is a moving meditation.

It never used to be like this, I also never ever would call myself a “runner”. Usually running is extremely hard for me…well it was. I used to buy the wrong shoes; usually Nike and I would get horrible knee pain. I never used to stretch, I never properly ate and during the run I felt like I was torturing myself.

This year has been much different. I started running again when I was going through a breakup. The freedom of running felt like I was running from that breakup and running away from the pain. Then I dealt with my alcoholism battle. I dropped one addiction and ran away from the fear of being someone that had to start from scratch. I saw my life in different eyes, sober eyes and knew that life had to change from here on out. My life has always been one of extremes..If I have one drink, I wanted 10. If I realized I drank too much, I decided sobriety it is! If I loved someone, I wanted them in my life everyday…and if the opposite was the case, I wanted nothing to do with them. I either eat everything or I want to be vegan. I either hate running…or I’m training for a fricken Ultra. As I said before…I’m one of extremes.

Anyway back to what I was saying… running now feels like moving meditation for me and since I’ve been extremely dedicated to yoga in the past year or two, my runs became different.

 

I learned the art of breathing.

Now when I run, no matter how fast or slow I go, I maintain the same Ujjayi breath. Many of you yogi’s know what this means…its kind of an audible snoring noise that you make breathing in and out only through the nose. I use it in my yoga practice to connect postures in vinyasa style yoga and in restorative yoga it’s helpful in sending breath to the painful spots in the body. It’s quite fantastic, and I feel that it’s what keeps me present on my runs. I just looked up other benefits from a mindbodygreen article on the benefits of Ujjayi breathing:

 

1. Improves concentration in the physical practice. Becoming absorbed in Ujjayi allows the practitioner to remain in poses for longer periods of time.

 

2. Instills endurance that enhances a flowing practice by lending a meditative quality that maintains the rhythm of the class.

 

3. It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self aware and grounded in the practice.

 

4. Ujjayi breath regulates heating of the body. The friction of the air passing through the lungs and throat generates internal body heat. It is similar to a massage for the internal organs; as the core becomes warm from the inside, the body becomes prepared for the asana practice. This heat makes stretching safer while the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated.

 

5. A focused Ujjayi breath can release tension and tight areas of the body.

 

Those 5 benefits of Ujjayi breathing came from: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5823/8-Reasons-Why-We-Use-Ujjayi-Breath-in-Yoga.html

 

Now read that list, and imagine the benefits of applying that which is usually for yoga, to running.

 

Anyway….here I am now with my first half marathon under my belt. In the past I thought that this seemed crazy and too long, and now that I’ve done it, I know that I probably could have kept running. The course itself was really easy for me and I was pretty relaxed and pain free the whole time despite all the hills. I knew it was a really hilly course so most my training was only done on hilly terrain.

 

Being with the large amount of people, 6000 around there, and all of us having different reasons to be there, different body types, different levels of strength and endurance, all with one common love, the love for running. The most amazing part of this half was being able to run the whole course with my best friend Ashley. Ashley is the one person in my life who can honestly be up for anything, any challenge and be by my side facing everything head on. We plan on doing the Rock and Roll Marathon this summer. It was also amazing seeing her parents and mine as well as my little brother at the finish line! It made me so, incredibly happy…it brought me back to my track days in middle school when they would cheer me on at every meet and I’d be the person in last place eevery single time and they would smile like I was in first. I never gave up and they never stopped being an amazing support system.

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Running is beautiful and allows you to almost escape reality, and in the end all you want is more. Since the race I have had to try hard not to train too quickly and it’s difficult, because I’m hooked! I already want a taste of a marathon and hopefully within the next couple years, an Ultra. Running an Ultrathon is something I REALLY, REALLY want. Ever since reading “Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek and “Finding Ultra” by Rich Roll, I idolize them and want an Ultra in my future…if my little legs can handle it.

 

Anyway short little post:) Hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving.

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