- A 70-year-old client, who ran a marathon for the first time
- A 30-year-old friend, a veteran marathoner, who had to withdraw the day before, due to illness
My client made the completion of this goal a birthday gift. She was not attached to the result, only the accomplishment. During the bodywork sessions, leading up to the marathon, I noticed her deep peace about this challenge. She practiced self-care by inviting her 70-year old body to experience the race, without the pressure of measurement. Her serenity and focus were inspiring. I’m looking forward to our conversations and insights into functional fitness, as my body ages.
My young friend is in the prime of physical fitness. His ultra-marathon accomplishments, and commitment to running, inspired me too. Posts about his distance times, and contagious enthusiasm, motivated me, albeit I only run 5K regularly. I felt his frustration, when he started getting sick two days before the marathon. When he had to withdraw, I admired his own practice of self-care. For an experienced marathoner, it was a painful decision.
The lesson: Give the body a challenge, as I age. Be respectful of my body but give it a goal of completion, participation and experience. When ill or injured, give my body the necessary recovery time, without anger or resentment.
I’m proud to know these two all-stars. They inspire me to keep promoting and practicing self-care, in my own life.