Posts Tagged ‘Lyphoma’

AH-HA MOMENTS – 45 Minutes and Counting

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Training has been demanding on me. You see, I’m not an athlete by nature. I’d much rather go to the mall or dress fancy and go out and dine somewhere cozy. I hate to sweat and breathing heavy is not cute. I don’t particularly care for the running apparel or accessories; so needless to say, there are definitely moments when I feel like just stopping my run. You may be thinking, “Sorry missy, you’re in the wrong event”. Maybe so, considering what’s typical for me; but I have been able to put aside my fancies for the greater good.

Today it came to me in an epiphany; although I don’t really understand what it is like to fight cancer in my personal body, as with anything challenging, I imagine that there must be times when patients probably feel like giving up too – maybe when treatments are too taxing on their bodies. As we all know, it’s much easier to just give in when the news is not good. It takes great tenacity to push through at times.

Incidentally, what my teammates and I are doing is nothing compared to the courage it takes to fight for your life when the odds seems to be stacked up against you. Today, I found inspiration in patients and families who have not been lying down and playing dead; but instead is standing up and fighting. And so, now when I feel like stopping, or when I face the laborious bridge, I will be able to draw from the courage of people like my honored hero Tina that have enough grit to fight – fight for their lives.

TRAINING TIP

When you don’t know what you are doing you really don’t know what you are doing.

I know that sounds repetitious; but it’s a fact. I must confess, and I know none of you have ever done this; but I have, being a non-athlete and all. I have gone to the gym and observed other people who appear to be fit, stretching and flexing, and have concluded, “Hey, they look fit”. “They must know what they are doing”; so I would find solace in mimic their actions.

The truth is, they may have known what they were doing and why they were doing it; but I didn’t and it may not have been ideal for me. Today I was delighted to learn about Dynamic Stretching and Static Stretching. Dynamic stretching involves moving the parts of your body and gradually increasing reach and/or speed of movement. Dynamic stretching should be executed prior to running. Static stretching is basically stretching to the farthest point and holding the stretch for about 30 seconds. Static stretching should be executed following your run.

Now, thanks to the coaches, I now have a better idea of what I am doing and why I am doing it!