Painful Reality


Everything’s Zen……I don’t think so! -Bush Sixteen Stone

While I was doing my 30 minutes of stationary bike this morning I was listening to an old favorite of mine BUSH. Well, everything is not Zen. As a matter of fact reality is pretty painful and can not be suspended forever or blissfully ignored. It must be dealt with. The longer we put off dealing wth reality and its associated pain the worse it will be when the gig is up. It is best to recognize it for what it is, deal with it and then move on.

Dealing with pain is something we don’t do a real good job of in our society. Our society seeks comfort at all costs. We will pay anything to be comfortable and avoid discomfort. A life spent avoiding discomfort and pain will leave us totally unprepared for when real tragedy strikes.

So, it looks like I will have to wait until this coming weekend to see if I can run again. The Shins feel fine on the bike, but I need to let them rest bit more to be safe. For a runner injuries are always measured by how long recovery takes. We want some magical remedy to fix the problem so we don’t miss too many workouts. For a runner the most painful thing to do is to do nothing. If we are to continue to be a healthy runner, that is a pain we must find a way to embrace.

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