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5 Years later // May Goals and April Distance Report

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Today, with my little burning incense at home, I will send my sister Eve my love and compassion...

These coils of burning incense are offerings of the faithful seen in many Buddhist temples. The smoke from the incense is meant to carry prayers to heaven. I took this picture at the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong Oldest Buddhist Temple

(Eve 4 Fev 1976 - 1 May 2009 with Charlie)

I think of her very often and I love when she send me butterflies (I "know" it is her way to send me hope, just like she did at the mountain in Hong Kong where she was cremated- picture below)

"The beautiful young woman is gone, away from noise and dust, from far away continents we share that moment, separated by thousands of miles, we share the same bright moon, and when evening comes, we think of her." Chinese poem

I have no way to describe how I feel/felt every May 1st since that phone call in 2009.

To this day, she is still my inspiration.
With Love. Your Big Sister J.

This month I will focus on CONTROL...

1) I need to drop a few pounds (I am 10lbs over - because of treats, celebrations and binge/stress related!) - Don't want to carry extra weight on a race day!
Strategy: Track and Stay on track. It works for me and I need to do it!

2) I need to complete my training for the Ottawa Marathon 25 May
Strategy: be mindful - following training plan but it is not the time to push my limit or I will risk an injury and not be able to do the championship...

3) I need some rest if I want to recover from intense training
Strategy: making it a priority. Sleep!

4) I need to calm down - my stress level is to the roof and at this point eating (binging) becomes an easy coping mechanism.
Strategy: CONTROL... Avoid trigger food, walk away from the kitchen and sip a soothing calming tea

I can do this...

Distance Recap:
I did way more than what I had set as a distance goal for the month of April. I was aiming for 200Km... I did 306.5Km/ 190 miles
Last year, same date, I was at 500km - 310 miles total.
Totay total distance for 2014: 872km/541miles of training! No wonder why I am tired!

May Distance Goal: no number - just do the Ottawa Marathon 25 May for the Canadian Forces Running Championship (this has been my focus for the last 4 months!!! ) ...
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Such beautiful pictures paired with beautiful words.
    Butterflies, what a wonderful remembrance!
    Thank you for sharing the memory of your beautiful sister!

    1407 days ago
    That was a nice reminder of your sister, I can't imagine how it must be for you. You are doing great at keeping her memory alive.

    Good luck with your upcoming Marathon!! It's coming soon, but knowing your past discipline I bet you are ready and are going to rock it!

    I am making concerted effort to use spark to track my own goals for the next few months so I hope to see and support you more here :)
    1409 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Your blog made me think of my own sisters and reminds us to appreciate every day. I love your control plan and I'm sure you'll meet your goals. You can do it!
    1415 days ago
    1415 days ago
    What a wonderful way to remember your sister. It is hard having our loved ones away from us. I don't think it ever goes away or gets easy. But memories and thoughts are the best way to keep them alive.

    And you got this.... This next marathon is yours. You are ready and prepared.


    Keep focused on that race and everything will align naturally. You can do this!
    1415 days ago
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