Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Going the Distance: My Recipe for Success

This week I hit two major milestones in my training for the Bermuda Half Marathon. I ran the distance of a 10K on Saturday; my longest distance since running the Tufts 10K last October and crushed our speed work yesterday with a 14:00 and change minute/mile pace for our 5K.

I had to have the mindset of believing in what my body is capable of before I could hit these milestones and hitting these milestones has given a new momentum to my training. I wrote down in my training journal and felt it with every fiber of my being:
14:00 minute/mile pace - short term goal
12:00 minute/mile pace - long term goal

I leave the how's up to the Universe and do my part with training, cross training, visualization and meditation and partnering with people who believe as I do.

I remember the moment I felt the stirring in my soul to run another marathon. I was sitting with my beloved chiropractor Dr. Ryan and he was working on my feet using the Graston technique. "Ooh," I said. "Is that too much pressure?" he lovingly asked me. "No. I was just remembering the feelings of the endurance runner within me." Moments earlier we had a conversation in which he asked me, "Why set limits?" when I told him that I would cap off my distance at 5 miles. In that moment I knew somehow, some way I was going to run another marathon. That was in March as I was just starting to run again.

I realized that I was riding on the beliefs of the rehab medicine doc, the physical therapists and the previous massage therapist I was working with as well as my own doubts and lack of faith, and was setting limits on healing and possibility.

As I read "You Are the Placebo" by Dr. Joe Dispenza at the suggestion of Dr. Ryan, I could feel a shift in my beliefs and my energy that yes everything IS possible.

Once I put the intention out to the Universe that I was going to run another marathon although at the time I did not know how, when or where, the Universe sent me Jeffrey Spratt, MT, Principal of Spratt Muscular Therapies. I knew the importance of massage and how touch can heal and transform, but I had no idea what a game changer experiencing sports massage and positive quality touch with Jeffrey would be in my being able to go the distance again. But now I do! After our first treatment Jeffrey said to me, "I want you to run unencumbered." What a blessing and an intention he set for me.

A few weeks after I started working with Jeffrey I couldn't quite articulate what I wanted to say and he said, "Oh so you want to go back and feel the way you did before the injury.." These words then fell out of my mouth, "No. I don't want to run as a mobility impaired runner anymore - I don't want to run as a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma ... I want to run as a runner.period." He totally got that. It's all about perception!

To succeed - to go the distance with total healing; to make the shift from a survivor of paralytic polio and trauma and, "crossing the river of change" as Dr. Joe eloquently calls it and taking up residence on the shore of the river of change requires courage, unwavering faith and a willingness to do whatever it takes to set and attain my goals. I remember the day that my life and running partner Tom began to run instead of race walk with me. We had a conversation about being fearless and no longer worrying about the fragile state of my health. He mirrored me as a runner and now paces and pushes me being a key ingredient in my recipe for success on and off the roads.

I ride the waves of incredibly hard work and effort feeling my lungs burn and my quads on fire and then enjoy easing back on the throttle with workouts that require less effort. I relish my rest and recovery Thursday with a 90 minute treatment with Jeffrey and taking it easy on Friday before I rev up for the next week's training cycle.

My recipe for success begins in my mind, my heart, my body and soul. I add in inspirational quotes and connecting with inspiring, like hearted and like minded people. I make sure that I use only the finest ingredients that are organic and evolve with me. I am patient and persistent believing in what I have not yet seen and celebrating each milestone as it manifests in physical reality. All the things that they told me are "wrong" with my physical body no longer exist in my mind and so they no longer exist. Success is mine to now claim. I am an executive chef with all the right stuff to cook up a magnificent life on and off the roads.

Cheers! To your health! To loving ourselves well! To success!

I chronicle the first 7 years of my healing journey after being diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease as a survivor of childhood paralytic polio and 9 years of childhood domestic violence in Coming Home:A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility.

In Journey Well, the journey continues in the wake of my nephew's suicide on 3/4/11 and the events of 4/15/13. Through my journey of healing and transformation, we learn that no matter what life circumstances happen to us, we can always find a way to journey well.

"Feel the Heal: An Anthology of Poems," my latest collection of inspirational poetry is now available soon on Amazon

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