Dealing with the Strain…

This month has been a mix of joy and pain.

In the Fall of 2014, my Dad made me promise him that I would lose my weight (I was about 55 pounds over weight at that time). After a year of grieving his passing, I got after it. In April, I could not run 1/10 of a mile without being totally gassed at the end of the street.

Two Sundays ago, I was able to run 6 miles in 60 minutes without stopping.

But that was two Sundays ago … this is now.

Now, I have a strained right calf muscle that made it hard to even walk for a few days.

I am faced with my biggest problem with training, work, or life in general.

Patience …

I hate stretching!

But, not anymore.

If there is something that disgusts me more than stretching, it has to be sitting on the sideline and missing my goals.

This is a true setback and it will set me behind in my training and endurance levels.

I will be walking as soon as I can do it again comfortably and looking for other forms of exercise to stay as close to my peak as possible.

There is a saying that has been attributed to John Wayne … “Life is hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” I am feeling the weight of that now.

Strains are bad.

But they are good too.

They teach you how to plan better for next time. In that, strains are just like regrets. They are helpful as long as you look at them and respond to them properly.

Here’s to the lessons from both … may we learn from them both and be better for it!


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