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We Choose To Go To The Moon…

Moonshot for blog“… not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills … (President John F. Kennedy, 1962, Rice University)

As a physical therapist and Feldenkrais® movement teacher, I am in the business of asking people to go through a process of significant and sometimes difficult change.  Even when people want badly to improve, because they have gotten used to feeling and moving in certain ways, they often unconsciously hold onto their habits and thus impede their own progress.  So as a matter of fairness, I supposed that engaging in my own journey through difficult change would make me more empathetic to what my clients were experiencing.

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Great_wall_of_china-mutianyu_3Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Metaphorically, this can be said of any significant endeavor. The problem is, after the excitement of taking the first step wears off,  lots more steps remain to be taken.

How many times have you decided that this is the year you’ll lose weight, exercise more, learn a new language, etc. – only to see the new regimen slip away once you realize how much time and discipline it requires? In my case, training for the Marine Corps Marathon has been both a rote process and inner journey. Improving physical fitness and speed has been a straightforward process of following protocols with defined goals and measurable milestones. The inner journey has Continue reading “A Journey of a Thousand Miles”

Be Careful What You Wish For…

I never win anything. That’s why I entered this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) registration lottery. The MCM has been on my bucket list since 2012. In truth, I didn’t want to do the race this year. Instead, I was looking forward to a relaxed summer. With the lottery, I was fully confident that I could service my bucket list and yet avoid feeling bad about not getting in. (Of course, the registration fee would never be charged to my credit card.)

Except that I was picked! In a flash, my non-refundable registration fee was gone, and my laid back summer which hadn’t even arrived yet was already a thing of the past.  The MCM had moved off the Bucket List and onto the Oh F#@k It List!

Now, for the second time, I am nearly half way through my training to racewalk the upcoming MCM.  Two years ago I was also registered for the MCM (different registration process entirely), and at this point in my training, I had injured myself and had to withdraw.

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