What's Next?

Since Tracy and I have been hosting this linkup, since September, I've always gone into this Training for Tuesday post having a pretty good idea of what I would talk about for a few weeks prior. But this time...I really wasn't sure.

My next race isn't til May, and I'm not technically training for it right now, seeing as I haven't had useable running shoes in over a week. I've already recapped my last race. I laid out my race plan for the whole year, and then revised it already.

I was in the shower a few days ago and taking stock of everything coming down the pike for me. Not just training/fitness-wise, but life-wise. My birthday—being so close to the start of spring—always serves as an opportunity for a "fresh start" in every sense of the term. Along with the mandatory layers of winter I try to shed the winter blues and everything that's weighed me down. I look ahead to the longer days, the hot sun and the way every inch of the universe drips with signs of a new awakening.

Every single race I've run so far happened when I was 25: four 5ks and two half marathons. My first race was the day after I turned 25. My most recent race was two weeks ago. I'm finding such poeticism in that—but I know it's not symbolic. It's just a quantifiable measurement of the change I brought into my life last year.

This year, I'm not making any bold claims about changing. That was the (accidental, but so very fitting) theme for 2014. I want to and hope to continue evolving, but following this trajectory I set in motion about 16 months ago. I don't want to change now; I want to grow. In my body, mind, and soul.

So I'm in training for the year 26. My hope is that this won't be just another training cycle, like the one I was in for my first half marathon (or the one I failed for Rock 'n Roll). I want to live in this training. In this place of always moving forward. Of always trying harder. Of always being challenged. Of always testing limits. Of always setting goals. Of always shattering expectations. Of always reaching for the next finish line.

Of staying hungry.

This year, I'll be training for another half marathon. I'll be training for a full marathon in the fall. I'll finally be in training to become a yoga teacher. (More on that later.) I'll be in training to get stronger on my long runs and faster on my short runs. I'll be in training to hold my handstand for 10 breaths, then 20. I'll be in training to surrender in shavasana every time. I'll be in training to keep my life barreling on in this direction I could never have pointed toward in my younger years. I'll be in training to have the best, healthiest, happiest life in year 26, year 27, and in every year after that I'm fortunate enough to have this body.
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  1. Tuesday hit an bam you had this ready to go. No wasted time. I've been thinking about getting back to running lately. It has been a long time since I have ran, I mainly stay in shape playing basketball or hockey, but running is more that staying fit it also gives me so much time alone to think about everything. I used to find it helpful whenever I was feeling down or stressed to go out and run a couple miles. Maybe that is my training goal, start running again and free my mind. First stop new running shoes.

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  2. Training for life...sounds like a great mantra girl!! I actually always feel like if I don't have anything to work towards I'm sort of just standing still, but you just totally put a new spin on this and made me realize, we are always training for something!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. Of everything you listed, surrendering in shavasana is likely the hardest mentally. I know you got this and I'm so proud of the positive approach you took to year 25 and how that will change you for the rest of your life. Thanks for hosting!

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  4. Can you please bottle some of whatever is you have and send me a bit? I have fallen so very hard off the fit and active wagon, and I know it's only getting to get harder to get back as the years pile on. I love how intentional you are with these things, and I appreciate the motivating posts, and that you have made some real life changes this past year. I can't wait to see what this next year holds for you!

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  5. training not only for goals but to live a better, healthier life...YES. 100% support. fitness isn't about physical health but also mental; it's about balance and inner peace. i love this post!

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  6. I think I say this every time... but really, this might be my very favourite post of yours ever. I love it. You are amazing, awesome, so inspiring. Do I say the same words on every post? I'm sorry, but it's true. You are fabulous, and I am so glad and lucky that I know you. Corny, ew. But true. You deserve nothing but the best and I can't wait to see what you accomplish over the years.
    Ps. You didn't fail anything for RnR, just saying. You're awesome. Keep being awesome so that I can keep being inspired. I'm selfish, you see.

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  7. One might say you've made many great... strides?? lol :) sorry, I couldn't help myself.
    I'm feeling the shoe woes myself and it's the pits. 26 will hold great things, even if they are difficult, I just have a feeling.

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  8. I love this!!! Training for life and to always strive to push forward and be better. This is why you are so awesome!! I have been working on seeing it from that point of view as well. Get it girl!!!

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  9. oh youre gonna be a yoga instructor? how exciting! i cant wait to hear more. i toyed with that idea back when i was in Cleveland but then this whole moving out west thing happened and i haven't even been good about DOING yoga let alone becoming an instructor.

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  10. I love how you distinguish between changing and growing. It's an important distinction as one accepts who you are and improves on it; the other involves adjusting who you are completely. I'd rather improve than change.

    I think you have great goals and your positive outlook is awesome! Looking forward to following your progress!

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  11. I'm a new follower from Jessi's page! Can't wait to join this linkup next week!

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  12. Yes yes yes, right on to growing instead of changing. I think that's a really hard realization and distinction to make. I know when I first started running I had a similar experience as you - finding it challenging but being surprised that I was up for the challenge, then ramping up in intensity fairly often and fairly quickly...after a while I ran out of obvious answers to "What's next?" and I really had to sit down and think about it. I think this is a really great time for you to just enjoy and reap the benefits of all the work you've put in over the last year or so. I think you'll find that doing so is going to leave you refreshed and ready, both mentally and physically, to tackle those two big things coming up in the fall. 26 is lookin' reallllll good on you, so far!

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  13. Sigh. I cannot believe I forgot to post and I had a post all drafted in my head. Im totally scrapping tomorrow's post and posting it!

    Anyway I want to hear more about the yoga teacher thing!! I need to hear more about it. So cool and fun and Im so proud of you! I might say this on every post but you're inspiring and you seriously rock!

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  14. The concept of growing instead of changing is such an important thing to remember. Definitely something I need a reminder in often. You've got some great goals ahead, lovely. Hoping to sit down and plan out some of my short term fitness goals this week too!

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  15. I seriously love how much you have run in such a short amount of time. We've talked about this a million times already, but it's so inspiring because I'm still at the point where I feel like I can't run a 5k (ever!), but knowing that you started kind of in the same place and have gone on to run so much further! I can't wait to see what race milestones you hit next and sooo cool you're going to become a yoga instructor?!

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  16. I like this. I use races to motivate myself in the short term, but my ultimate goal is definitely improved health. I can't believe how much progress you made in just one year! Good job!

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  17. Can you please live closer to me so that you can train me to run and do yoga? ;) I love that your goal is to stay hungry -- I love that!

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