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By MICHELLE HOLLINGER
Special to South Florida Times
Running, for Vivian Delaney and Lucien Boulet, is an
addiction. A healthy one, but an addiction, nonetheless.
One clue that they’re obsessed is that the more they
indulge, the more they need. Feeding the addiction
includes a frequent running schedule that has been
bolstered by their participation in competitive long
While Delaney got her feet wet with shorter 5- and
10-kilometer runs before building up to the longer,
more demanding races; Boulet jumped right in to the
deep end of long distance running by entering half
marathons right off the bat. He has added the shorter
and longer competitions to his repertoire because his
addiction demands that he indulge in it in as many ways
Running isn’t the only thing that these two have in
common. Both hail from Brooklyn, however, they met
and became friends in South Florida – connecting
through mutual friends and their love of running.
Delaney, 54, has called Miami home since 1992.
Although she has been running since childhood, long
distance running is relatively new for her. She ran her
fi rst half marathon in 2012.
Prior to that, she’d run several 5k races until
challenged by a friend to step it up. Delaney’s response
was, “well, fi nd me a race.”
Her friend found a 10k and Delaney has run seven
so far. “After that, I started seeing different people doing
half marathons,” especially women in Black Girls Run, a
fi tness group for women of color, she said.
“Once I did that fi rst half marathon (13.1 miles), and
I fi nished, it was like an out of body experience,” she
said. That race was also evidence that s he’d reached the
point of no return with her addiction.
With 15 half-marathons under her belt, Delaney
set her sights on a full marathon (26.2 miles); the
fi rst of which she completed three months ago
in Phoenix. She fi nished in a respectable four
hours and 39 seconds; “considered good for
my age group.”
Three upcoming marathons will help to
nurture her addiction; the New York Marathon
in November, the Miami Marathon in January
2016 and, a month later, she will run in the
New Orleans Rock and Roll.
“I just love to run. It’s something that
helps me to relieve stress,” said Delaney,
who works as an apparel merchandiser.
Music used to b e a must-have companion
on her runs. While training for her fi rst
marathon, Delaney decided to train
“As I’m running without the music,
I loved it. I started noticing things that
I’d never noticed before that have
always been there,” she said
of her usual route. “A lso, I
could just hear myself
longer be a part of her runs when she began to have
conversations with God. “Just talking to God,” she
Freedom is what keeps Boulet running.
is like therapy. I feel free. Something about running. It’s
just me, my sneakers, my shorts and I’m gone. It gives
me time to think,” said Boulet, a married father of three.
Boulet, 44, has been the owner of Naps barber shop
in North Miami Beach for 16 years. The Brooklyn native
runs several miles each day before heading into work.
He’s always been active, and grew up with a natural
affinity for the New York Marathon.
“Before I even knew what a marathon was, I knew
the New York marathon,” he said. He has yet to run
the famous race that lures runners from all over the
world. The Brooklyn Half Marathon, however, is on his
He ran his first half
marathon on a whim.
“I went online and,
two days later there was
a half marathon. I ran
and I fell in love with it,”
said Boulet, who has
completed over 100
running events since
then. Running his fi rst
full marathon allowed
him to cross the feat
off of his bucket list.
Because he is “hard
headed” and must
experience things for
himself, he ran the
26.2 miles without
training for it.
“Then I trained for
the next one, and my
results were much
better,” he said.
He has completed
three marathons as
well as numerous fi ve
and ten kilometer
races; however, half
marathons are his
of a science
behind it. You have
to be patient, hold
of running is
so strong that
he has also
and for his
on April 18th
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By MICHELLE HOLLINGER
Special to South Florida Times
As the founder and CEO of Circle of
One Marketing, Suzan McDowell leads a
fast paced, busy life. While in the midst of
expanding her company to the west coast by
opening Circle L.A., she and her team have
also helped to expand Jazz in the Gardens
into one of the country’s most popular music
festivals, (this year’s event saw a record-
breaking 73,000 people in attendance.)
McDowell said that a practice that she
started last summer has been instrumental
in her ability to manage her personal and
professional life by, essentially, learning to
breathe. She admits that the only reason
that she attended a hot yoga class was
because a friend in a women’s wealth group
“The fi rst time that I went, I thought, oh
my God, that’s some foolishness. It’s so hot,”
she said of the 90 minute class in a room
that is heated to 95 degrees. “But then all of
a sudden, I felt so much better.”
McDowell explained that the instructor
guides participants through all 26 of the
traditional yoga poses, however, with hot
yoga, “within fi ve minutes, you’re sweating
from head to toe.”
The impact on her isn’t just physical.
“I’ve learned more how to breathe, and to
breathe in moments when I’m stressed,” said
McDowell, a self-proclaimed exercise hater.
The practice also has a tremendous spiritual
benefit, she added. “It’s really calming. There
has been times in hot yoga where I’ve literally
cried from the beginning of the class to the
end of the class, just based on stuff that I’m
going through in my life.”
McDowell said she knew she was
addicted to the practice that creates a toned
and lean body when “I found myself getting
up to leave my house in the middle of a ‘Law
and Order’ marathon to drive to Brickell, and
I live in the Shores, at 10:30 on a Saturday,
then again on Sunday.”
The mother of a college freshman said
that her lifelong search for endorphins has
“It’s the fi rst thing, in addition to Zumba,
where at the end of it, I felt good.”
According to the Fred Busch hot yoga
website, “Physically a regular yoga practice
brings strength, muscle tone, weight loss,
increased range of motion, improved blood
fl ow and improved immune system and
digestion.” The site also indicates that yoga
benefits participants mentally by increasing
“concentration, reduces stress by providing
a calm state of mind and bringing a general
sense of well-being.”
Lorri M. Key is a licensed clinical social
worker who tried Bikram yoga after turning
40 and being advised by her doctor to “lay
off the weights” because she’d had two
accidents. In her blog post (Lorrikey.com),
“Bikram Yoga: Black Girls Can Do It Too,”
Key encourages African-American women to
embrace the sweatiness that ruins hairstyles
because the health benefits are worth it.
The difference between Bikram and hot
yoga is about 10 degrees; however, both are
said to benefit participants in similar ways.
Key said that she began the practice
instead of popping pills to deal with back
“I started yoga for back pain and early
arthritis. After the fi rst class, I noticed a
difference in fl exibility and less back
discomfort,” she wrote in the post.
“There’s a rigidity and a
freedom, if you can put those
two together, and it’s
something about the
system of making
your body move
thing to the other,” McDowell explained. The
motivational aspect of hot yoga keeps her
going back for more.
“The whole time that you’re in yoga,
the person is giving you a motivational
class, but in a very spiritual kind of way.
‘Don’t resist, life is about love,’ not
platitudes necessarily, there’s a yoga
speak,” she explained. “It triggers stuff
in you as you’re working out, as you’re
sweating. He’ll say something and it’ll
make perfect sense,” McDowell said.
Key wants black women to give the
practice a try.
“I advocate for every Black girl to try
Bikram at least once for the challenge
of learning to control your breathing,
experiencing a new form of exercise,
and using heat to reduce your body’s
natural aches and pains,” Key said.
“The benefits outweigh the heat and
frizzy hair and gives everyone a sense
Loving and appreciating the self
are also benefi ts of the practice,
according to McDowell.
“At the end of the class, thank
yourself for being able to make it
to your mat,” she said of the
practice that encourages
a, “Lot of self-
Yoga is hot for marketing maven
PHOTO COURTESY ED SATTERWHITE
Suzan McDowell in side plank pose.
PHOTOS COURTESY ALEXANDRA HARRIS
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