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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