By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on September 30, 2015
This post is a generous contribution by our very own Laura Davies who shares how her yoga practice helped her actualize a long held dream to run the Rubble Creek race in Whistler BC.
I would like to share something with you from my weekend, where the ripple affect of yoga off my mat rang true.
At the beginning of the Saturday morning class, at the start of September, Erin asked a question to the class “What are you manifesting?”
The first thing that sprang to my mind was Rubble Creek – “I am manifesting Rubble Creek” – a 24km trail run with 1380m elevation gain, which runs from the Cheakamus parking lot, up past Black Tusk, down to the Black Tusk parking lot in the Whistler valley.
In truth, I’ve actually been manifesting Rubble Creek for 8 years, since my first summer in Whistler, when I heard of the run. In 2013 I trained for it and entered, however due to un-seasonally early snow and the course being 3 ft under at the end of September, the race was cancelled that year.
Sunday September 27th, 2015, Rubble Creek went from manifesting to manifested.
I chose to do the early start, 30 minutes before the main group. It was myself and an 60-yr old who took this option. A couple of years ago I had had a fair amount of trouble with breathing when running, not being able to breath and very cold hands, so the early start may have seemed the “weak” option to others, to me it was where I knew that I needed to be.
Three hours, 21 minutes later, I had manifested Rubble Creek!
My thoughts through the race linked directly to my practice on my mat and the ripple effect out into the rest of my life. Here's what I know to be true and what has served me deeply:
- Focus in the present moment
- Breathe fully, completely and intentionally
- Listen to my body – know when to speed up and when to pull back, to know it’s okay to walk up a hill. I don’t have to whole thing
- It is My run, in My body, regardless of the person behind or passing me
- The most powerful and authentic I can be is to run my own race
- I know my body is strong, and I can go deeper
- Patience and Persistence
- Strength in my ankles from balancing poses
- Strength in my core from abs
- Alignment in my body helps make me more energy efficient –head stacked over neck, over shoulders, over hips, over feet
- As Baron Baptiste says “Don’t wish for it, Work for it”
24.5Km, 1300m elevation gain
Manifested – Rubble Creek
By Laura Davies