Looking Forward

“Don’t look backward. Only forward.” Many people have said this I am sure, but today I read it at lunch in my vampire novel Lover Mine by J.R. Ward. It was spoken in reference to adversity and failures. The words struck me considering I am four weeks past my injury and feeling well enough to take it to the next level in training. I am also hesitant with fear that I will injury myself again. Looking forward and not back does not mean that I haven’t learned anything. That is what I am able to take with me forward, the knowledge I have gained to help prevent future injuries, adversities, failures. All too often human nature is to look back – dwell on the past, wish things could have been done differently, and wallow in our sorrows. As much as I wish I could turn back time and have run a different path to avoid injury, it won’t do me a bit of good. It will hold me back, thwart my efforts, and knock me off track. But learning from my experience – my injury was not a result of anything careless on my part, the pavement was rough and my foot struck right at the wrong time and rolled the wrong way – how to care for myself now and in future training is what I take forward.

I have yet to workout today, I can hear the gasps, but it is coming soon. My training partner had a schedule conflict this morning and the thought of sleeping in until 6:30 was something I couldn’t resist. We are meeting soon to swim. The goal is 3,000 meters. I feel good, I will make a few attempts to flip as well as push of the wall with both feet during warm up and cool down. My new mantra may just help in the pool – don’t be a sissy. Where that will help is getting the distance in. If my legs are cramping, I will grab the pull buoy. I am getting 3,000 meters in today. The best is the reward after, the hot tub. And since it is an afternoon and a Friday – there is no rush to get out. Oh how divine to look forward!

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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