Taper and Trust

“Trust thyself:  every heart vibrates to that iron string.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson I press the stop button on my Garmin and smile.  My longest preparatory run before the Hollywood Half-Marathon is over.  The two week taper officially starts now; a time of mandatory scaling back and taking some rest days, allowing your body to be […]

Five Seconds of Cool

“I want to teach my kids about strength, so I expect resistance….I want to teach my kids about endurance, so I keep going when I want to call it quits…I want to teach my kids about identity, so I make sure to have one apart from them.”  Kristin Armstrong. Last week, I took my oldest, […]

Oxygen Mask

“Oxygen:  a chemical that is found in the air, that has no color, taste, or smell, and that is necessary for life.”  From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I’m lost in my thoughts, in the exhilaration of feeling my body move through the air, hearing my breathing   …..inhale …….exhale…..  when I see another runner approaching. We […]

Fear or Flight

“Do one thing that scares you everyday.”  Eleanor Roosevelt. I rush into class hoping there are still spots left in the back where I can hide, spread out my mat, and lay down.  I’m enjoying a few sacred moments of pre-class savasana, when Jake, my previously mentioned yoga instructor/secret therapist walks into class and says, […]