On my way into the Seaport Hotel to get in a relaxing swim at Wave Health and Fitness, I felt the inspiration for today's blog post. I hit dictation for Notes while I was stopped at a red light and said Countdown to Bermuda and it wrote, Countdown to Yoda: When the Training is Done.
I've been comparing this journey to that of the training of a Jedi master because, after all,
"You must unlearn all that you have learned." "Clear your mind." "There is no try. Do or do not." "For my ally is the force and a powerful ally it is." "Luminous beings are we...."
Now that the training is done I was reflecting on my arc of training. It began when I met my own personal Yoda in the guise of Dr. Ryan Means - a chiropractor who knows the power of the Force. He taped my left knee,
worked on my feet using the Graston technique, adjusted my spine and hips, gave me cross training exercises, prescribed ice before and after every run and had me read, "You Are the Placebo," by Dr. Joe Dispenza that became my manual for Jedi training to recondition my body to a new mind; to unlearn all that I had learned and continue to unlearn beliefs, patterns of holding and to have trust, confidence and faith in the strength and healing power of my body to recover from the challenges I present.
Shortly after beginning my work with Ryan, I found my way to another Jedi master when it comes to muscular therapy. Using the power of The Force, Jeffrey Spratt, MT, Owner and Principal of Spratt Muscular Therapies, pioneered the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy; an innovative approach to working with the body to promote balance, healing, re-energizing and clarity of mind, Body and Spirit.
With his powerful intention to want me to run unencumbered, asking me what leg are we rehabbing and touching my body with such strength, confidence and faith in my body's ability to heal, I set out to go the distance.
The focus at first was on cross training and strength training; adding weight, increasing repetitions, increasing time we held plank, increasing intensity of pool workouts and slowly adding miles. Then as we added miles, I maintained strength training and cross training. During taper time, I maintained strength training and cross training; diminished miles until this week when I will rest, relax and allow my body to integrate these last 6 months of intensive training.
There are so many new sensations in my body as I stand poised and ready to take on my longest distance race since April 20, 2009 and I use the phrase that Jeffrey taught me as I experience them, "Oh that's just the furnace."
What a blessing to meet up with Jeffrey this morning before my final swim. "You're counting down the hours now, aren't you?" Jeffrey asked me. He said with his words and with his whole body and being how excited he is for me.
"They have the race expo at the Hamilton Princess across from where we are staying," I told him.
The last time I set foot in the Hamilton Princess I was wearing a toe up leg brace:
"It was New Year's Eve," I went on to say. "Everyone was all glammed up in high heels and stunning outfits. I was so jealous and felt so out of place."
"And now you are gonna walk in there with a strut," Jeffrey said.
So it's 3 more sleeps until we head to Logan Airport and board that plane for Hamilton Bermuda. No more workouts. One more treatment with Jeffrey on Wednesday. One more keep the legs loose along the course on Friday for a mile or two. And then on Sunday 1/17/16 at 8:00am whatever time Bermuda is on (it's one hour ahead of East Coast time) Team McManus toes the starting line of the Bermuda Half Marathon:
Last night Tom told me he was so excited to run this race. "Why?" I asked him. "You've run so many half marathons lately."
"I know," he said to me and his eyes filled with tears. "But this is the first one as Team McManus in 7 years!"
So it's countdown to Bermuda and now that the training is done I am feeling overwhelming gratitude for all the healing, the blessings, the grace that has showered upon me during these past 9 months.