My Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, afternoon and evenings were spent in an office space with 156 other people attending Landmark Forum (their website here, Wikipedia here). Essentially it is a personal development class with one forum leader and the participants speaking and sharing in front of the group. Chip Wilson, lululemon’s founder, attended Landmark years ago and has since committed to offer Landmark as a gift to all employees after they’ve been with the company for several months.
There’s controversy out there; some people think it’s cultish. I thought it was life changing. We dug to the roots of our personality, defense mechanisms and stories about what’s going on. We were challenged and quite frankly left drained as we realized that there’s more to life than our point of view.
I went in with broken relationships with my entire family and left the weekend with repaired relationships with my mom, dad, sister and grandparents. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty light.
Landmark ended late Sunday night in Alexandria, DC. The long hours of the Forum made it impossible for me to explore the city over the weekend. Monday morning I hopped on the metro and explored through running before I made the nine hour drive home.
I said “hey!” to Lincoln in the middle of my run. Seriously. No roadkill on the side of the road, no loose dogs. Just Lincoln. Chillin’.
While running past the White House I noticed a big crowd rallying nearby. I slowed down and boom- a protest began. People from all backgrounds held their signs and peacefully marched to the front lawn. Coming from Asheville, I appreciate a good protest!
My run went on and I headed toward Bethesda, MD. My heart went out to the Bethesda store in March and I knew my visit wouldn’t be complete without stepping into that space.
It was a gorgeous run! The entire run I battled a terrible feeling in my stomach. It was like a wide strip of gas or a cramp. It got bad enough that I eventually had to quit around 13 miles. Even when I was walking I’d have to stop and sit down because the pain got so bad. Any tips? I can’t think of a cause!
Bethesda lululemon <3
13 miles running. 6 miles walking. countless miles on the metro. nine hour drive home.
Let’s just say I’m still a bit sleepy!
How do you deal with stomach pain when running? How bad does it have to be for you to call it quits?