The King of Hubris

I’m not great at giving myself breaks. It’s something I’ve got to work on.

Last Tuesday I took my first running clinic. And, as luck would have it, the following day I got sick. And, in fact, I’m still sick.

And I hate the whole mancold thing. I try not to subscribe to it. But I’m sure I’m as guilty of it as anyone else.

Here’s where I’m struggling — I don’t want to stop exercising or working out. Even though my body is clearly saying “Dave, seriously? You’re seriously going to do this right now?”

Saturday I hiked up Signal Hill. It’s a big hill. I’ve never done it before. We used a path that I’d never heard of, it wasn’t the “big hike”, but there were stairs and inclines and I was… well… sick. And it was… well… stupid of me.

And even though it was a foolish thing to do, and I’m really paying the price for it now, there’s a part of me that is happy about the attitude that I’ve developed. This willingness to keep going. But, that leads to other problems too.

Like fear. Fear that if I stop for too long I’ll lose all momentum. An object at rest tends to stay at rest, right?

I never want to retreat, I always want to be advancing. Moving forward towards health.

So as I lay here crumpled up, about to dive into season 2 of Orange is The New Black on Netflix, and sidelined for at least another two days due to nothing more than pure hubris on my part. I’m reminded of the words of Friar Lawrence in Bill Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.”

From here on in, I’ll try to be wise. And as far as speed is concerned — I’ll be mindful of that too.

4 thoughts on “The King of Hubris

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Illin’ is good in some circles. Just not mine at the moment. Heh. I’m coming around. So close I can almost smell it… which is great, because I’ve not smelled anything in weeks.

  1. Hey Dave!

    I have also embarked on a learn to run program! It is hard but I am getting there because I have always envisioned myself as a runner and I will be there someday! I don’t particularly enjoy the running part, I always say I am casing the feeling that comes after the run! So far I am up to 3 min runs with 90 second walks!!!

    I know about your fear that you may stop. I feel the same thing. When I started this program 3 weeks ago, one of my biggest fears was that I would get the awful flu that is on the go as it may interfere with my progress. Just expressing your fears I think will ensure you will get back to your running when your body is able!

    Part of the whole eat healthy, move more journey is taking care of your body and giving it what it needs. Do that!!!

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