Natural Law: The Same Thing
I'm still all smiles! It's a little crazy that I remain on Cloud 9 three days after finishing almost last at a race. I was so happy to finish and to be able to run. Those race endorphins hung on until about 5 hours into meetings on Monday but then the back started to get a little sore. By Tuesday night, I realized I probably shouldn't run. And Wednesday? Back to the chiropractor.
The good news is that my back is ten times better than a week ago. But its definitely not 100%. I realized last night that I am able to run. I could go for a run. But that might put me back where I started. Nope - it's time to grow up and be a little smarter. I need to regroup and decide how I am going to fix my back once and for all.
I took a deep breath last night and realized that I won't be talking about fabulous long runs or fast times or cool races that much in the next month or so. But instead I need to starting getting in great stretching sessions, pumping my tiny little dumbbells, doing some easy runs and working on my core. With that realization, I started to whine and complain and think about how hard this will be for me. And at that point I realized I had run smack into another Natural Law.
Natural Law: The same thing that got me into this injury is the same thing that will get me out.
I don't mean my liberal use of stupidity, pigheadedness, and outright bad decisions. I mean my healthy dose of determination that helped me complete a bike ride or run when it didn't feel good, or it was hell hot, or I was dead tired. I need to be disciplined and focused on all these not so sexy things that are good for me. I will go after my strength and flexibility issues no different than I would preparing for my favorite race. Negativity, grumping and complaining isn't the ticket. It may be fun to pout and stomp my feet, but it really isn't going to help solve the problem.
And just like any new training plan for a new distance or event, I will figure it out as I go. But I am focused. It's ok to be pigheaded when you use those powers for good.
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