Many of you who have read my posts may know I suffer from chronic back pain. Lots of stretching, trips to the chiropractor and frustration go with it. But something I have learned from running is to keep a positive attitude in the face of adversity. It NEVER helps to be negative. Just never. Yet it's so easy to go there.
As I gently, lovingly, harrassed my friend Scott about getting in shape, he expressed the frustration about how it sucked to be so far behind everyone else in terms of running, or being in shape or whatever.
His frustration, while valid in every way, still called for some type of insult on my part, because that's just how our friendship works, but instead it got me thinking about the Triathlon I did last weekend.
I completed my first Triathlon last summer (which is a subject for another time, another post) and enjoyed it enough to try another. After a whole winter of learning to swim, and a shorter period of more intense, race specific training, race week approached. about 7 or 8 days out I began having pain in my lower back that radiated down my leg. Sciatica to be exact. I've had it to varying degrees many times. That far out, I figured it would pass by race day. It did start to improve but then for whatever reason, it flared up again, bad, just 3 days before the race.
My first reaction was anger, and frustration. Didn't I just spend months working on my swimming so I could do this distance? Didn't I put in several hundred miles on a bike attempting to improve my cycling time? All just to arrive on race day at a disadvantage. But then the new attitude me spoke up. But rather than paraphrase, I will just copy and paste the coversation we had on Facebook messenger!
Hope you enjoyed a afew moments of our personal interaction. There is usually a lot more cussing and insults flying about.
But I hope you got the idea. I could have given up and not raced but I did it anyway, and I felt way better for doing it. In fact, I felt AWESOME. Often, exercise can help loosen up stiff muscles and get bloodflow and healing going to the affected area. It is often a matter of just figuring out something you can do that doesn't hurt too much.
So, when your in pain, when you're injured and you want to sit on the couch, DON'T. Unless you're under doctors orders. Find something to do. Find a way. Make a way. And use your mind for good, not evil. I believe the mind is capable of healing our bodies in ways we can't yet begin to understand, and there is plenty of evidence out there to support this theory.
Don't get mad, get even.