So we have a couple kids and I basically stop running. I go from at least a marathon every year to a 50-miler then pretty much doodly squat. Partly because of this I had back problems. If I had kept up the physical activity, I would probably have been fine, but it got bad enough I needed surgery. That meant I was out of commission for a long time.
Needing surgery told me that I needed to start running again. When I have been running, my back is good to go. Slack off and things weaken and get sore. I was really getting up there in the miles last summer when I pulled a muscle. It took me a long time to get there, being slow and cautious, not overdoing it, taking it easy. But I still got hurt. That meant lots more time of rest and lots more time without running.
This winter and then into spring I started to really get out there again. I again started to put on the miles and I felt that the 50-miler might be within reach this fall. I was feeling good. Then, on a trip to Disney World of all places, I smash my toe on a suitcase so badly that my whole foot turns purple and I start limping around.
I am sure I busted it. I taped it for a while and it started to feel better. It still hurts too much, however. I should really ice it and take ibuprofen and put it up for a few days, then get back to walking around. But I haven’t done that. I have been joking with my spouse that maybe this is proof that there is a higher power who does not want me to run.
But maybe this is proof that there is a higher power who does not want me to go to Disney World. Or who does not want me to work, since a desk job contributed to needing back surgery. Or who wants me to where shoes more often, even in Florida. Or who wants me to pack with a suitcase on a table or a bed instead of the floor.
I have had a few setbacks to getting in the training. I guess I just need to keep the goal in mind and get back to it once more. I can still run 50 miles, as long as I don’t turn into a frail old man before I get all the training in. Even then, I might be able to do it. Most people wouldn’t do that kind of thing, but that actually motivates me to do things. No one else wants to do it? Might just be worth doing.
Anyway, I don’t really think that all these obstacles to my running goals are proof of a higher power. I have seen others use just this kind of thing to justify belief. Many people do that, in fact. Since many people do it, however, I am motivated to do what they do not do. I am going to do my own thing, dangit, and when I stop hobbling around, I am going to get started on that right off.