The Only Choice

This past weekend I attended a family reunion with my wife’s family in Arkansas. We had a 6 hour drive to get to the campground in Moro Bay State Park. My wife and I have been on many long drives over the nearly 13 years we have been together. These drives always turn out to be a good time for my wife and I to talk about things we normally wouldn’t have the time to talk about. We discuss history, religion, politics, sports, and anything else that happens to come up along the way. I enjoy these long drives and look forward to any time we have an opportunity to get on the road.

On this trip we had wandered on to what Keep Movin’ is all about and which people in our lives embody what it means to us to Keep Movin’. As you know, if you have been following my journey, Keep Movin’ started as a team of average (some maybe even below average) individuals who decided to challenge themselves to become stronger through the Tough Mudder challenge. At this point, the Keep Movin’ team seems like it is on life support as life has fought back against several members and their plans to train for the Tough Mudder.

With the struggles of the Keep Movin’ team, I think it may be a good time to discuss what Keep Movin’ is all about. Keep Movin’ has always been an attitude, or more specifically a choice. In those moments in life when things are the darkest and when there seems to be no way out a person chooses an unexpected choice. This choice changes everything and immediately motivates and inspires those around to do more, to be better, to push through the darkness and accomplish the impossible.

Keep Movin’ can be found in all walks of life. When a person is diagnosed with a terminal illness and instead they choose life, this is Keep Movin’. When an overweight person chooses life over being obese, this is Keep Movin’. When a person loses a loved one and chooses to use that death as a springboard into becoming a better person, this is Keep Movin’. When a person is buried under a mountain of debt with seemingly no way out and instead chooses to fight through it and regain their freedom, this is Keep Movin’. When a child is bullied and instead of suicide or revenge chooses to fight through it to become a stronger person, this is Keep Movin’. Keep Movin’ is what causes a person to run into a fire in order to save someone when all signs point to getting the hell out instead. Keep Movin’ is about not ever backing down when confronted with a seemingly overwhelming opposition. Above all, Keep Movin’ is a choice.

Now onto my weekly training update. I have done something to my left foot when I ran 8 miles a couple of Saturday’s back. I thought my foot was broken it hurt so bad to walk on for a couple of days. However, within a few days, my foot began to feel better and I attributed the pain to my running shoes needing to be replaced. I ordered some new shoes, Mizuno Wave Rider 14, and while waiting for them to arrive I decided to take my bike out for a few long rides instead. The bike rides were a great change in training. The bike riding also gave my feet and shins some relief from the constant road running. I decided to also continue wearing my backpack with bricks on these rides for a little extra kick in the ass.

Since my new shoes had arrived in time, I decided to go for a 4 mile run in Arkansas on Saturday. The weather was a little chilly in the mid-50’s and the sky was dark but filled with stars. Since I was running alone I decided it might be a good idea to try out my headlamp as well. I found the headlamp to feel fine but instead of providing me with good light it was instead distracting my vision. As I was running through a particularly dark area I decided to turn the light off. To my amazement, and from what I learned as a kid growing up in a wooded area, once I turned off the light I was able to see so much more. It was almost like the scene in Avatar when the guy first gets lost in the woods at night and makes a torch only to eventually have the torch knocked away and extinguished and can then see so much more and even better. I say almost because to my dismay the ground did not begin to glow where I stepped. The 4 mile run felt good while I was running but once I stopped the pain in my left foot immediately returned and did not go away until Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure what exactly I have done to my foot but I may give it a couple of weeks rest before trying it out again.

All in all it has been a bit of a rough patch for training lately. I certainly have not been training with the consistency I started out with. However, I feel like I am finally starting to adapt and it is easier to get up at 5:30am by myself to train. I think I have been worrying too much about my training schedule and need to focus more on having fun with it. I am now choosing to look forward to my training and to enjoy my training instead of dreading it. I don’t know if I have motivated or inspired anyone else through this journey thus far but I have inspired myself and for me, at this point, that’s more than enough.

Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!

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