Embracing the struggle 11-05-2022

Hello Friend -

Over the past few months I’ve been training for the upcoming Route 66 ½ Marathon on November 20th. I have to admit, this has probably been the hardest training cycle I’ve ever done. Things just seem stacked against me for whatever reason.

I’ve run dozens of races over the last decade, all of which I felt I was adequately prepared for and felt that I ran them to the best of my abilities at the time.

But this race has been a struggle.

Early in the training cycle, I injured my calf pretty bad and had to take two weeks off. A week later, I went fishing with a few buddies and ended up getting a major sunburn on my ankles that prevented me from being able to wear shoes for a week.

And ever since then it has been a fight to get adequate miles in from week-to-week.

So, why am I telling you this?

Well, because there are lessons in setbacks. If running teaches you anything, it’s that you’re going to face some sort of adversity along the way. Every race I’ve trained for has come with challenges or has stretched me in ways I didn’t expect. Sometimes it’s big setbacks. Other times the obstacles are smaller. But you can guarantee that no race comes without a cost. And this one is no different.

However, there is good news through all of this - I’ve made it up to 10 miles and this weekend I have a 12 mile run planned. If things go well, I will consider myself “ready enough” to run the full 13.1 miles in a few weeks. Sure, I may be hurting when I cross the finish line, but if I can stay healthy for a few more weeks, I know I can finish the race.

It may not be pretty and I may walk a lot, but I’ll get it done.

So, here’s to embracing the struggle.

🌐 Around the Web

Here are a few links, videos, and sites that I came across this week that I thought you might find interesting.

🔗 Radioactive traces in tree rings reveal Earth’s history of unexplained ‘radiation storms’

🔗 The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk

🔗 Video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children

🔗 The Forgotten Sisters Who Pioneered the Historical Novel

🔗 How I Survived a Year in ‘the Hole’ Without Losing My Mind