run for your life
July 30, 2007 7 Comments
I ran six miles today.
Normally that would not be a huge deal, but yesterday I had long workout session. I ran 4 miles, biked 14 miles, and swam ¼ mile. I say this for two reasons: The first is so that I can help explain my condition today. The second is so that I can show off a bit. I am training for a triathlon in September which has me covering lots of miles by foot, bike, and water. I don’t break any land speed records, but I do finish the races I enter. I have never been first, but I have never been last either.
Back to today.
So after about a mile or so today, I started to get a tingle in my knee. I am assuming it was because all the running over the last 3 weeks and very little rest. What was apparent was that it annoyed me every time I put my left foot on the ground and I knew that I had a whole bunch more of these steps to go. I could not help but focus all of my concentration on preparing for each step and the discomfort that accompanied it.
Then I realized something.
Over the first mile, my left foot spent just as much time over the ground as it did on it. That foot spent just as much time resting as it did working. I had just as much of an opportunity to enjoy my first mile as I did to resent it. I could have appreciated the air time, but I was too busy focusing on the tingle.
So I made a decision.
I was going to pay attention to the part of my run that was more enjoyable. I chose to look forward to my foot leaving the ground, as opposed to it striking it. Then I did the same with the other foot. The crazy part is that my focus gave off a cerebral sensation (in my cerebellum, located next to my limbic system not to be confused with my medulla oblongatta) that my foot spent more time flying through the air than it did digging into the pavement. I felt more confident. I felt like I could finish. So I did.
I’m going to talk to my children about this tomorrow.
Circumstances in life can be irritating, just like a tingly knee during a jog. Being a kid may look like fun and games, but I remember some things that, at the time, were larger than life. I remember decision I could have or should have made if I just had some incouragement.
Our kids will have to decide if they are going to focus on how much is in the way of them reaching their goals or focus on what is working in their favor. The outcome is based on their decisions. There are so many opportunities for us to teach our kids how to handle life’s “frustrations” and it’s too easy to find reasons to give up. Try to teach them optimism every chance you can. Let them know that they can do whatever they want to do, if they want to do it bad enough. Try to teach them how to finish what they started, even in the face of opposition.
Then teach them about ice-packs and Ibuprofen.