I hate being injured.
For the last, oh let’s see, 6 weeks I have been ignoring a literal pain in my arse. There were squash lessons to go to, basketball games to play at lunch with some of the men at the office, and the usual early morning training to attend to.
There was no time to be injured, so I just commanded it to get better.
- Worse, not better.
This morning when I woke up, my body was talking to me. To be more accurate, it was screaming at me. I have been taking it slower than normal, but apparently there are times when your idea of slow is the equivalent of sprinting. My leg was on fire and when I massaged my hamstring, it felt like there was a bag of marbles in the back of my leg.
I got on with the morning.
- Drinking coffee
- Responding to email
- Writing for 30 minutes
- Planning my day
- Eating my weird but oh so tasty breakfast
The gym was up next, I had the First Week of Fitmas to cream.
Frozen in time.
Its getting cold up here and my ice scraper was sucked into a sinkhole of mud earlier this summer on our way to the middle of nowhere in a effort to free our car from a farmer’s field. The solution of scraping the frost off the windshield with my driver’s license didn’t come to me until later this afternoon, so there I sat on my very sore arse while the heater did its work.
Setting the scene.
After arriving later than anticipated, I got prepared for the 10 minutes of skipping. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to do the thrusters, so I had planned on doing star jumps and pushups. Bending over to put my water bottle down, I grimaced in pain.
My right hamstring was on fire
Nothing a little skipping can’t cure.
The only thing skipping cured was my determination. After 2 minutes and 276 jumps, I wanted to die and it was not from lactic acid build up.
I had to stop.
Listening is important.
If you are trying to do something despite everything screaming at you to stop, perhaps it is time to listen. You don’t have to give up completely, but there is a better way.
There are times when more progress is made by not doing anything at all.
Hear what is going on around you and choose how you want go about your life as you get more information. Continuing despite pain can get you past your current circumstance, but there are also times when it just brings you more pain in the longterm.
- The Disabled List.
When you keep pushing and sacrifice yourself for your goal, you end up on the disabled list in life. Broken relationships, regret, and frustration set in. Know what you’re willing to sacrifice and what you will not budge on.
Be strong enough to not breakthrough and break yourself in the process. Wait until you are whole and healthy and come back stronger than ever.
Luckily for me, this time it is only a hamstring.