I discovered about a month ago that the shin splints that plagued me in my high school years, still are very much present. I get them easily, and I don’t think they were ever treated properly. And while my daily walking never caused them to flair much if at all, when I started to progress to jogging…..they came back with a vengeance.
Not only that, but running on the side of somewhat narrow roads, means you are constantly dealing with the angle of the road. Roads are angled either to one side or down from the middle for water drainage in most places. That means, I’m running on that angle every day, which is not good for your legs.
So I became disheartened because I knew if I continued taking that same path for exercise, it would be detrimental to the health of my legs. Because it’s not just about losing weight, its about being fit, being active, and able to have some level of endurance for many years to come. But because I hit this “bump in the road,” I gave up.
I stopped walking altogether for a while. And what I didn’t realize was I became frustrated with myself. I knew I needed to keep walking, I knew I needed to find a new place to go, yet I did nothing but sit and ignore what I needed to do, heck I even ignored what I wanted to do, and it ate away at me.
It’s just a testimony that I still have a lot to learn about perseverance and mental attitude. Instead of trying to come up with a solution, I just sat there and stewed. I was sad knowing that I could not do my usual route anymore if I wanted to preserve my legs. I worried about how I was going to train for the 5K I entered that’s coming up soon. And I let those things prevent me from taking any action to keep training! How silly! And as the days passed, continuing to avoid walking, I got even more frustrated with myself for not exercising daily, to the point where I began to think it was too late to start again.
But let me tell you something…
It’s NEVER too late to start again!!
I know this. I’ve always know this. But I got myself lost in doubt, and in the problem rather than finding a solution. Well I finally woke up today. I was tired of being angry with myself and of seeing my former hard work fade away. And I said to myself, it’s time to start walking again. I knew of a loop about 5 miles away that could be a better training spot, and I had always wanted to check it out. So I finally just took the step, and went over there right after dinner and walked.
It was so great! Right on the river, the weather cool and breezy, and a little flatter and safer than the side of the road!
So I’m happy to say I’m back to walking again, and am going to keep at it so I’m not the slowest person out there for that 5K. Ha!
If you are stumbling around, angry with yourself and frustrated with circumstances, try to take some time to sit and think things through. Find solutions to your stumbles, don’t dwell on them, wishing how things were different. The past is the past and there’s nothing you can do to change it 🙂
Thanks for reading!