It has been a while since I wrote a Hashtag Week post…
It is the last Monday of the month and I myself need some motivation, so I thought: “Let us do this!”
Is there something you were hoping to work towards this year? Were you trying to:
become more active?
find a new job?
monetize your blog?
All of the above?
What happened? How is it going?
Around the beginning of this year, I decided to pick up running. You need to know that I absolutely loathed running when I decided to try it out. It might or might not be something I am absolutely terrible at.
Confession time: Goldie is not perfect and has VERY FEW shortcomings . Moreover, I believe there are other things one can do that will get you the same benefits without the negative impact running has on your lower body. However, for a couple of different reasons, I decided to throw away my preconceived notions and just shut up and run.
For a couple of weeks, I did some exercises that were meant to prepare me for running and then I dove right in. For about a month, after work, I would go to the gym next door and just run. I was exhausted, but I was happy. It felt good, although, I knew I could achieve all that through other forms of exercise, like sports.
All of a sudden, I developed pain in my right knee that showed up whenever I would do anything more strenuous than slow-walking. As I normally do, I shrugged it off. “I will take a day off,” I said to myself as I elevated my leg. A day turned into a couple of days, that into a week and my knee was still hurting whenever I tried to jog. Running across the street while avoiding cars became a more-than-usual extreme sport. (Life flashes before your eyes when you are rushing through multiple lanes of traffic because the crosswalk is too far down the road and the restaurant is right there and something decides to stab your knee. Of course, the traffic lights change to green and the cars get closer… Do I run and risk permanent knee injury, or do I not take that risk and get hit by a car? Oh, the choices we have to make…)
My knee got better after about four weeks and I hoped to get back to running. FOUR WEEKS! That is how long I have been running for. It felt like absolute defeat. Although, I was pleased with myself a little bit, because it felt like the knee pain only made my case against running stronger.
When I was ready to start training again, I had to visit a different continent in the midst of a pandemic. If you read that post, you know that I had to quarantine for two weeks after I got there. That meant that I was confined to a single room (aside from bathroom breaks) for fourteen days. Guess what I was able to do during that time. Most of the time I just sat there (while making phone calls, sending emails, etc. Sometimes, I laid (when I listened to e-books). You know, so that I would not get bored of sitting.
After being let out of my room, I felt like simple walking would be difficult, let alone jogging. For about a month I was stuck in a country in which I could not leave the house to exercise. I mourned the progress I could have made.
Once I returned to the US, it was recommended to me that I quarantine for 14 days. So I did. BUT! I did go outdoors to parks to walk/jog. It was good to be getting back into the grove. Until my other knee started acting up… It never got as bad as the right knee, though. Thankfully. It demotivated me for a couple of months and all I did was walk (I love walking!)
So, now what? Well, I run again. Since it is fall, the temperatures are a bit more manageable in the morning and evenings, which does make things a bit easier. (Yes, I know it will be darker soon, since we will change our times and “fall back.”)
Every time I have a setback, I stop and analyze. I found out that shoes really do make a difference and that walking shoes are not the best for running. I have relearned the lesson of humility. Yes, listen to your body! If you are like me, you will try to push through no matter the obstacles. Sometimes, that is not the best course of action. Sometimes, that can do more harm than good.
How is all that supposed to motivate you? This is what we (me) in the biz (Goldenland) call motivation through failure. Are you pumped when Bill Gates tells you to keep going? You might be. After all, he got somewhere. But, imagine a mountain. You are at the bottom and look up. The mountain is so tall. It is as if it reaches the sky. There is no way you are going to make it up to the top. Right as you are about to avert your eyes, someone waves from the mountaintop. They have made it. “You can do it!” they shout out (or so you think). How motivates are you?
Now, imagine someone brushing against your shoulder as they start climbing the mountain. After telling them to respect your personal space and to remember to social distance, what do you do? You watch. They take a step, and then another, and then the next. It does not look as hard as you thought it would be. Before you know it, you are following behind them.
It is much easier to relate to someone who is in the process of fighting than to those that have already won.
“It’s easy to keep going when you’re winning and achieving.-by Goldie
It’s much harder to do so when you’re failing.”
I am still terrible at running. I might still believe it is not for me. But I keep at it because it is what I set out to do. Some say you need to know when to quit and give up. I agree. But I know this is NOT the time or place for that.
Do you believe that life throws things at you that you CAN handle? I do. It can be very hard on us at times, but we pick up that burden and carry it to the finish line. If you focus on what you are struggling with right now, and just keep at it, you might find out that the next challenge in your life will be that much easier. Do not skip (i.e. give up) any of the steps because you might just miss something that will be of great importance in the future. If you do not prepare today, you might fail tomorrow.
- What was/were your goal(s) for this year?
- Were you able to achieve it?
- Why/ why not?
- Did you give up?
- Why/ why not?
- What do you do when you feel like giving up?
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