This morning as I was training my Personal trainer, who is an awesome person in his own right, I realized that to train someone as whiny as I am, you need a lot of empathy. Empathy helps you keep going when the whiny girl complains as she struggles to do the workout.
I realize that people train a lot harder than I do, but I am beginning to realize my mortality. Why is this a big deal? It is a big deal because I have always felt invincible to a degree because I ran. I figure I can run away from anything.
When I was in High School, we were at a game Cheerleading in a rough neighborhood. I was there at the game in my cute skirt, saddle shoes and carrying my pompoms. I did not feel too bad because I knew in my heart that if something went down I was gone. I would out run anything. And I did just that. People started fighting and gun shots rang out and before you could say ,”Where is she,” I had run 4 city blocks to the train station. I left everyone behind. I outran the men’s football team, the men’s basketball team and the men’s track team except for one sprinter who I caught up to at the station. That was not bad for the mile runner.
Cool! Yes, I thought that was a sign of great things to come, except that adrenaline was the cause of my success.
Back to my mortality. I do have certain issues that have never come up before. I am beginning to get arthritis in my joints and possibly my knee, the same on that is injured now. This could be a show stopper if I let it. My thoughts is the there are ways to stop arthritis because there are many people living with it. It may be time I investigate that. Also, my foot and knee injury occur every year that I train. I believe that they are signs of overuse when I start to ramp up my training for my races.
I used to train myself very hard but as I get older I am wondering if it will still work for me. I keep wondering when do you throw in the towel or do I just defiantly spit in the face of old age and tell it to go @#$% itself.
After my training session today that’s to my Ultra hyper-DOD military personal trainer, I feel it is the latter. “Old age, go @#$% yourself.”” I am not amused!”
My trainer Will told me of his story of when he was in Iraq, guarding so military convoys and a roadside bomb went off and killed all of the people in his party but him. He was left there and came to after a while. He got his gun killed off the enemy and took many prisoners (I am not sure how many but it was a lot and it is a published true story). On top of all of that he still bikes and runs and swims. Insane but true. He did a 100 mile bike race the other week and came back and trained clients.
Needless to say, I feel like a total whimp! I guess I should have gone to boot camp when I had the chance. But some of us are lovers not fighters at heart. There is room in this world for all of us. This is why empathy is a good trait. He has tons of it after all he has been through in his life. He’s a superstar, but he comes by and patiently trains me every week. Every week I feel like I cannot go on, but he motivates me. I get stronger and run my races.
Every year it continues. I may never throw in that towel. I just need to be kind to myself and enjoy the ride.
- Empathy (isabeloby.wordpress.com)
- There is only one way to demonstrate empathy… (joemull77.wordpress.com)
- Video: The Power of Outrospection – Empathy (thegeneralist.me)
- The resurgence of empathy (awfullycurious.wordpress.com)
- Empathy is more about helping yourself (mutilatedmemories.wordpress.com)
- Empathy is more about helping yourself (therapyandstuff.com)
- How could we engineer humans to have more empathy? (io9.com)