It’s 6:20 a.m. Christmas Eve. I am preparing to go on a 5 mile quickie. I entered the Virginia pre dawn chill to retrieve the paper atop my driveway and thought of those 3 wise men traversing the mountains for days to meet the Man of All Time (he was a baby then). What did they talk about? Did they know each other before the journey? Was anybody funny? How did they get past mile 15, 19, and 31?
I know a little about getting past mile 19. (Plant someone on the course who isn’t afraid to call you a p*ssy. It works.)
You’ll have to ask her about mile 31. She is my ultra hero; my extremely tenacious and downright determined friend.
Mile 15? Let the wise man lead.
Saturday I had a 18 mile training run. Flying solo, armed with my ipod and poorly placed water plants (I’ll never do that again), I was moving along pretty good until mile 14. Here’s my mental audio at that point:
4 stupid miles, Clair. 4 stupid little miles. You can do this.
And I decided to:
At mile 15, it happened. My angel flew down scooped me up in the soft little wing and carried me to the end. Actually, my friend Larry – a fellow marathoner, husband to my sister-by-another-mother and pseudo mayor of our little town, took me home. 3 miles of cussing. Sorry, Larry. He just laughed and said:
Larry, looks good in a dress, non?
I made it. I thanked him. The end. I have 20 miles to kick out on Saturday. I wonder what Larry’s up to.
Here are 5 must do yoga poses for the holidays:
1. Sukasana (with our without full lotus as shown below) for meditation and quiet.
2. Gentle spinal twist helps restore balance to your body and mind.
3. Seated forward bend helps release emotion.
4. Tree pose for balance
5. Extended Side Angle Pose keeps your digestion on tract. Enough said.
Yoga can be your
Larry angel. Make time for yourself.
See you on the other side of 20.