Weekly Summary – 05/04/2020
Roadblocks and Realizations – “Press on Regardless”
Last week was a tough training week. I only ran 46.6 Km in 4h 38m. My knee is seriously f’d, and it is limiting my distances. I can currently only run about 3 km at a time before the pain sets in, and anything longer than that is done via a walk/run combination in a lot of pain. I’m torn between wanting to keep my kilometers up and not wanting to do permanent damage, or prohibit my ability to run some of the later races, should they still go forward.
Life can be like that sometimes. You can start out with the best of intentions and a great plan, and something can happen. Along the road to achieving a goal, there are going to be roadblocks. There will be pot holes, rainy days, the occasional booby trap, who knows! The fact is, when you try to achieve something, there are going to be setbacks and cause for discouragement. What matters is how we deal with them, our ability to keep moving forward, our ability to overcome.
I’ll be honest, when I couldn’t run my 40K two Sunday’s ago, I was discouraged. When I couldn’t run a 20K and a 40K this past weekend, I was frustrated and briefly contemplated quitting. I mean, let’s be honest, there is a bloody pandemic, people are out of work, people are sick and if they are not sick, they are stressed. Races are being cancelled, and some days it feels like an exercise in futility. It feels like the last thing people are concerned about right now is whether or not I am running and trying to raise money so kids can eat. I think there are some people out there who would understand if I just threw in the towel and said “maybe next year”.
But I won’t quit, even if I wanted to for a moment. The reason, because I care, because it matters to me, because I need to try and do something, even if it’s a small something, to try and make sure all kids have enough to eat. Because I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that we have children going hungry in a first world country. Because I care that Canada is the only G7 country that doesn’t have a national food program for children. Because maybe when those kids feel like no one cares that they are hungry, they might hear that I care, and that might matter. Because I think we are all in this life together, and we all need to do what we can to help each other out. Because the world needs more love and kindness.
So, crap knee or not, I am going to keep running. If you can donate to the cause please do so here. I will make up the kilometers I have missed and I will find a way through.
On that note, I have my first ever virtual physio appointment today! I’m pretty excited about that! It’s with Jared at Defy Sports Performance. I love that they are offering virtual appointments. Wow, we are an adaptive group, aren’t we? I’ll let you know how it goes!
Be safe, be well, be kind!