This past weekend I did a couple things I’ve never done before.
- I attended Wanderlust (twice)
- I spoke in front of thousands of people
THOUSANDS. Maybe public speaking ain’t no thang to you, but to most people (myself included) it’s pretty freaking scary. Most people would basically rather die than speak in front of a crowd like that. I’m a blogger, I do social media for a living, and I currently coach 100% of my clients online. I prefer one-on-one connection with people and most of the time, I’m back here behind my laptop, safe and sound and pretty damn happy. Speaking in public isn’t really part of my daily life.
When I was asked to lead the pre-run stretch at a few Wanderlust events, I was flattered and I immediately said yes because I knew if I let it simmer, I’d pass. A few years ago I would have politely declined and recommended someone else to do the job. I never would have had the confidence or the guts to do something like that.
And guess what… I did it! And I didn’t die.
My point in all this is that sometimes it’s good to just say yes and figure it out later. You are capable of way more than you realize. I only recently learned this lesson. Sacramento had its hiccups but it was my first time ever doing an event like this. San Diego was definitely better because I knew what to expect, and I had my whole crew there.
You live, you learn, you get better. And when you turn 30, you also stop caring so much about what other people think. Trust me – I am 30 years and 4 days old. 😉
Aside from facing my fears, Wanderlust was an AMAZING event. It was pouring rain in Sacramento but there were still over 1,000 people who came out. We ran 3.1 miles and finished drenched head to toe. I stood at the finish after my run and high fived every single person who came in after me.
The event in San Diego was complete perfection. The weather was just right (typical San Diego, always showing off) and the crowd was twice the size. 2,000 or so people showed up to run, practice yoga, dance and meditate.
The 5k at Wanderlust is not a race. There aren’t any chip timers. There isn’t even a clock. The run is simply about running. What a concept, right? Every single person I watched pass under the arch at the finish wore a huge smile. Soaked to the bone in Sacramento and still grinning. It was such a positive, uplifting environment. For a lot of people, it was their first 5k ever and the non-competitive atmosphere makes it the perfect introduction to running. Everyone is kind and welcoming, nobody takes the run too seriously, and most importably, everyone has fun.
Once the run wraps up, everyone explores the little Wanderlust village. There was a super cool Adidas pop-up store with couches and clothes for sale, a coffee shop stocked by Whole Foods, various vendors, and my favorite part – the Kombucha Garden! Health Ade was serving up FULL bottles of booch for FREE. The absolute best.
Some people sign up for specialty classes like slacklining, aerial yoga and barre. My friends wanted to take barre so we did that for 30 minutes (and I’m super sore today). Then it’s time for the main event. MC Yogi jumps back on the stage and DJ Drez gets the crowd all fired up. Everyone dances and gets down while music blares just like any outdoor concert.
It’s SO cool to see a crowd of people going wild without alcohol or drugs. You’d think inhibitions would be high at 11am on a Saturday/Sunday morning – but Wanderlust does a great job of cultivating a positive, accepting environment. Everyone seems to check their shyness at the door.
The dance party transitions into a 30 minute yoga class led by MC Yogi himself and then another instructor comes on stage and teaches another 30 minutes and eventually the crowd is taken into a guided meditation. It’s a beautiful thing to see a crowd of thousands of people moving in unison, smiling with excitement, and opening their hearts all at once. The positive energy is palpable in a crowd like that.
San Diego was also extra special because my closest friends (and Brittany) were there to support me and I was able to share this special day with loved ones. Everything is better with others. I also had the chance to meet a blog reader named Taryn who was SO incredibly sweet. That was just the cherry on top of it all.
Wanderlust 108 is a day of wellness, connection and consciousness. I have never experienced anything like it. If an event comes to your city, I urge you to go. You will leave better than you came. I promise.