10/09/2012 Running, If I have too…

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  1. I will try not to take this personally 🙂 when I blew my knee out I opened a magazine one night as I was sitting in my own self pity (I had gone from Ironman to broken in a matter of 4 months) and part of a quote by Ernest Hemingway was staring back at me: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. That hit home hard. I looked at it as an opportunity to rebuild and focus on fine tuning other things. It is what I lived by every day of my recovery and it came true. Stay true to yourself. Be smart in your training. Be patient. Be strong. You will emerge more of who you are than when you went in.

  2. Tes,
    Thanks for the awesome quote, for sure it’s going into my quote Rolodex (not that anyone knows what those are), what is the quote from?
    BTW Thank you for all of your efforts, a big part of my progress with running is a direct result of your coaching. You rock!
    Lou

  3. Lou, I’m not sure exactly what it is from but the rest of the quote isn’t as nice: “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” – Ernest Hemingway
    I did not know what the rest of the quote was during my recovery and rebuilding phase and I didn’t care. I made the first part of the quote a positive thing and something to help get me on track and keep me moving. It is true. The world does break everyone and sometimes those who are strongest are broken the hardest. It is how you rebuild yourself (mentally) that will determine who you are and where you will head from here on out. You have done an amazing job so far. Don’t lose focus but don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for even the smallest of victories because those steps are going to be what move you forward. The larger the steps forward the greater the feeling of success but you can also risk a harder fall backwards if/when something happens (ex. going up in weight too fast on a DL without proper technique will give you injury and longer recovery)… baby steps are easier to recover from and to make adjustments on. Just remember to cherish the moment, enjoy the victories and make sure that you can laugh at the falls and failure. Those, after all, are what build character and the best stories when you arise successful on the other side!

  4. And congrats on the 10k!! I remember being worried about you at the RARE until you passed me with ease as I was catching my breath on the side of the trail. Then I just got to hold onto your coat tails… er… eat your dust for the rest of the race 🙂 So glad you have been in our program. You have been a huge inspiration, motivator to the group and thanks for the humor you bring to every class. Who knew that wearing your shorts around your ears made you aerodynamic!

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