Saturday I went on a hike. If you have followed this blog at all, you know I enjoy getting out and hiking. We have so many beautiful places to go and I enjoy the challenge of them all. This hike was different however.
Even though I saw sites as beautiful as this I soon lost my appreciation of the hike.
|Early on in the hike|
Even though I knew how far I had come, I felt like a failure when I climbed back into the car to go back home. I haven't felt like this in a long time. I had been knocked down for sure. Maybe the stumble started when I didn't finish the half marathon in the time I had hoped.
So what to do. Going home, getting something to eat and soaking my tired legs helped. I took it easy the rest of the afternoon until it was time to go to a family reunion on my wife's side. It always cheers me up to see them. I got a few compliments since they haven't seen me in a while and several of them are runners as well. It's funny how much I not only like to run, but also talk about it as well. What a running nerd I've become!
A good night's sleep helped as well. I realized as I got up, that I was a bit weary in the body, but I was recovering quickly. No limping and no getting back into bed. I was ready for the day. I went to church and things were looking and feeling better.
This morning I got up and went out for a three miler. I made sure this was the recovery run it was meant to be. I came home, stretched and got cleaned up, had a healthy breakfast and headed to work.
How am I feeling now? Still a bit discouraged, but I got back up after the knock down and kept on going. Do I always bounce back this quick? No, but we all need to keep the perspective that our knock down times are not going to last forever. We need to do what we can to get back up, be patient with ourselves and never, ever, give up. Don't give up and turn back towards where you came from just because your having a rough time. Catch your breath, get your bearings and get back up as quick as you can. You have come further than you realize. Keep moving forward!
Hang in there and I will too.