A Rocky Moment
So while I sit around not running this week waiting on my ultrasound results, I might as well tell you about some other things.
At the end of May, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia and attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists. I had not been to Philadelphia since I was a teenager, and was hoping to get out at least a little and see some of the city.
Since I took up running, and I travel often for work, it has become kind of a fun adventure to find cool places to run when I am away from home. When it turned out that the Philadelphia Museum of Art was almost exactly a mile and a half from my hotel…well, how could I resist. And, yes, I took a picture with the statue too. And no, I am not going to post that.
The original Rocky movie came out when I was 7. I think I first watched it in the late 80s when Rocky 4 or 5 came out and one of my friends threw a movie marathon to watch all the films up to that point. It was far from the best movie ever made but I think people really like it because it is a film about overcoming obstacles against the odds and, in many ways, about overcoming limitations of the self or the spirit.
The part of me that took up running a year ago relates to that. 12 months ago I was not able to run around the block – and I turned myself into a decent runner by hard work and perseverance. Today, I can’t quite walk straight without pain. I have spent a certain amount of time over the past couple of weeks indulging in self-pity. So it helps to put things into perspective – I only feel bad about not running because I have been running. And I know that once I am over this injury, regardless of the the magnitude of the setback, I can do it again.
Richard Bach wrote: Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.
It can be an exercise sometimes to separate the real limitations (I am really truly injured right now and should not run) from the illusory (If I don’t keep running now, I will never be able to do it again). But when we can do this effectively we free ourselves from our self-made boundaries and expand the real limits of what we can become.
So I have hit a bump in the road. But it’s not the end of the road. No one ever promised it would all be smooth terrain.
More to come.