So far 2014 has been filled with many challenges. Despite the road blocks along the way, I have been able to learn and grow from these moments. It has been a winding road that was not without help from several people (of which I am eternally grateful).
I encountered a bit of a minefield leading up to the 30K Around the Bay 2014 road race which was thankfully successfully navigated. This was very fortunate indeed! Not just for the successful race experience itself but also to be able to run well in the Big Sur marathon.
We often look outside of ourselves when faced with challenges in life that are out of our control. In those moments, the unknown can be overwhelming. Equally, it is in these moments that we are able to make the biggest leaps. Providing opportunities where the filters and impediments are revealed for what they are and the dance of life continues in a new direction.
This past April, I was one of a few thousand lucky people to have the opportunity to visit Big Sur in California for the 2014 Big Sur International Marathon. The race sold out within one hour of registration opening and required some quick keystrokes to get registered.
As part of the training leading up to this event, I joined a running group called the Connor’s runners. They are a great group of runners together making the impossible possible for many people. The positive energy shared by fellow group members has been really empowering and the group’s mantra of “Be Awesome” is a really awesome way to be. It was fun to train with them through the cold Southern Ontario winter to get ready for the race.
The Big Sur marathon is a point to point run that starts in the redwood forest of Big Sur and travels along Highway 1 all the way up to Carmel. It is billed as one of the more scenic marathons in the world, and as my first travel marathon, this seemed a good place to start.
The Ginger Runner did a great job of video taping the 2014 Big Sur Marathon so for those interested in the Big Sur experience, this is worth a few moments.
For the last few years, I have been on a journey — in part — to learn how to become a more efficient runner. There are so many different books, magazines and online resources that often can point in different directions. Due to this, it can be difficult to know which perspective is “right”. Through practice and study, I have found that some basic tenants do emerge and I share these below in hopes that it helps provide clarity to other people doing the same.
For the longest time I could not fully understand why there is such reluctance in the running community to educate people on their running form. I am of the mindset that cause and effect can not be ignored and that injuries for the most part, are caused. Its karma unfolding in real time…
So why not learn from these inefficiencies and avoid getting injured in the future? In the past, when I faced running related challenges, it was a source of disappointment to find so many running books and other resources lacking on providing the answers I was seeking.