Y’all!!!! I did my first 5k!
My sister convinced me and our friend Ashley to sign up for the Wanderlust 108 triathlon – a full day of running, yoga, meditation and mindfulness and I could not be happier that I did. I really exited my comfort zone. We started in Fourth Ward Park, ran through Freedom Park, some amazing greenspaces and precious neighborhoods. It was so nice, completely stimulating, visually and mentally.
Unfortunately I was unable to train properly due to my allergies this spring, however, we have our sights set on another 5k in November and I think I truly do want to train for it. Running has never been my cardio of choice but my body has been telling me for awhile that it needs something new. I took a sprint-jog-walk-jog-sprint approach, being mindful of my body of course, and finished in a little under an hour. I can do better and I want to do better. I think a new season of my life is beginning.
My favorite part of the day was doing yoga with a thousand people. I had never felt this community touch me until that moment. These are my people. I looked around and they all know what I know. They feel what I feel. We shared all the energy together and with the trees and the concrete and we were one body of light. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever felt.
There is a scene in James Cameron’s Avatar where the Na’vi are praying to Eywa and they create a web with their bodies and become one force, one energy and it has always left an impact on me. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like that. Sunday, April 10th, my desire, years old, became reality. With my hands on the heart of the two next to me, and their hands on the hearts of the two next to them, we became connected. We breathed into the lives we were touching, we breathed into our environment, we breathed into our world. For that moment our life forces were physical and real. It brought me to tears.
I’m so thankful to have experienced this with my sister. I’m thankful to have grown closer to Ashley. I’m thankful that my body is able. I’m thankful. My heart is so full.