On February 28th, the Finding Joy in Motion celebrated another graduation! Nine ladies finished the program and five of them were able to come to Healdsburg to celebrate. While public, in-person racing still has not returned to California, we were able to do our own, socially distanced walk through the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. There is a reason that this program is called Finding Joy in Motion. The ladies all looked so happy and joyful at the start, the finish and (from the pictures they shared) during the walk as well. This is NOT the “no-pain-no-gain” program. As you probably know from my emails and posts, I am NOT into suffering while I run and walk. I am all about having FUN! And that is what this program is about too. It is about starting where you are and making progress from there. It is about helping you get to where you want to be. It is about learning to listen to you body and understanding what it is telling you. It is about learning to trust that your body is capable of taking you where you want to go. It is about developing a partnership with your body so that you can live the life of your dreams. Whatever you dream of doing, you are going to need a strong body in order to do it.
You may have heard my personal story: I am the kid who failed gym class. I come from a family with absolutely no athletic “talent”. But you know what? You do not need “talent” to go out and have fun. Anyone can do it, and it is never too late to start! That is one of the reasons I originally chose walking as my sport of choice. We all know how to do it. And we can all learn to do it more efficiently, with more ease and with less potential pain or injury. Running, hiking, and walking are all the same sport at different speeds on different terrain. If you can walk, you can choose to hike or run. Or you can choose not to. It’s all good and it’s all up to you! The important thing is that you keep moving. A body in motion stays in motion and gets to fill its bucket list. A body at rest stays at rest and eventually atrophies. Getting older does not have to mean getting frailer. My metabolic indicators are better today, at the age of 54, then they were when I was 34. Age is just a number. What matters is how you FEEL and what that enables you to do.
The Finding Joy in Motion program is about being part of a supportive, engaging, and motivating community that will help you reach your goals. It is about learning HOW to reach your goals. I have been studying the latest in training methodology, sports research, and sports psychology for the past 15 years. And it is about learning how to STICK with your goals, just like these ladies did. You can see some of their photos here.
The next session of Finding Joy in Motion starts next Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30pm Pacific/8:30pm Eastern. If you think this is something you may be interested in, I would love to chat with you one on one about YOUR personal goals.