Training for the Marathon
Originally published on the original kessel korner at blogs.starwars.com/kesseljunkie on August 29, 2005
I am not speaking of training for the inevitable marathon of all six movies when Sith is finally on DVD. Although I feel I have been in training for that all my life.
I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30, 2005. The training has had its ups and downs. I developed a severe ankle problem (sinus tarsii syndrome) due to the fact that I have flat feet. In my right ankle, one of my tendons has suffered some minor tearing – and you would think that would be enough to tell me that a marathon is not for me.
I got a cortisone shot, I ice my ankle all the time, and I ran ten miles for the first time in three weeks this past weekend. The pain is still there, though it is somewhat alleviated by some orthotic inserts I bought at the store. In the meantime I await the prescription-level orthotics ($400+) that are supposed to silence the pain for good.
But even with the pain I will not stop. I am sick and tired of people quitting things when they get difficult. Life is difficult. Life is pain. Life is obstacle.
Joy is when you overcome any one of the three. If you overcome all three at once, you achieve nirvana.
So the next time you suffer pain, be it emotional or physical, be smart but play through it. As General George Patton once said,
“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the thrill of victory.”
I’ll keep you all informed as to how the rest of the training goes (two months to go!). Let’s hear it for my wife, Stacey, too – she crossed the twenty mile barrier this weekend as I was getting back on my feet. Way to go, Stacey!