I was about 30-40 seconds into my run when I felt something not quite right with my left foot.
I must of neglected to firmly tie my left shoe and it was apparent right away.
Lately, I have been training full-body every other day, along with some high frequency work on a couple key movements, every single day, and doing some sort of conditioning on the in between days.
As I continued, my shoe literally felt as though it could fall off at any time. I run a giant rectangle, through the city, covering just about 2.5 miles/ 20 minutes, with all sorts of twists, turns, obstacles, traffic, dogs, etc. No two sessions are ever the same.
It is amazing what you see in a brief run, but something else I noticed is the almost meditative aspect that arrives. I almost always develop a new idea, concept, distinction, and it seems to come out of nowhere.
So, my shoe was very loose, just about to fall off.
I could of stopped, retied it, etc.
But, I got to thinking about the day to day of training and how it is rare that you/I are all systems go.
Everything thing is just right.
We had enough sleep.
We had sufficient calories.
We got just the right amount of protein.
We have optimized our hormones. (Hopefully, by natural, healthy means, not from a “well meaning” doctor’s script, or worse yet, your local gym’s resident pharma-guru. LOL)
We have limited stress.
You might count on one hand in a year in which everything is going just right in your life.
These days are great and a true blessing.
Most of the time, you and I are facing the day, the workout, the situation from waaaay less than ideal circumstances.
It may be a minor annoyance, or it may be something more encompassing.
My untied shoe in the scheme of things was simply a minor annoyance.
I don’t consider myself a runner, at least not what would be considered competitive by standards, but instead of stopping, doing the safe thing, the convention, securing my shoe, I decided to push forward with the hand I was dealt, the real-world situation, the uncomfortable, the “dangerous.” 😀
Adaptation is a gem.
The ability to take and give the very best with what you have reveals your personal power, strength, tenacity, and spirit, especially, and most importantly, when the wheels fall off.