I was listening to Phedippidations yesterday (episode 136) and Steve mentioned that he was having a problem with an ankle. He said he probably shouldn't run Boston on it but that he was going to. For a non-runner, that is proof that runners are crazy. Maybe we are. But they have to understand why most of us would do the same.
When people start running, some of them will become runners. Some don't. They just run, but they don't identify with it. For some reason, some of us associate with running at a deep level and it becomes part of our identity. There lies the problem. When having to make a rational decision about running, we are often incapable to do so, specially if the right thing to do is not to run. Because runners run. That's what we do. We are afraid that if we stop running, we will become less of ourselves.
So we fear injury. We deny its existence as long as we can. We test its reality as soon as we feel it start to heal. Maybe it's gone magically during the night! Let's go for a short run and see!
I understand Steve. The goal becomes part of our identity and we will try to reach it if we can. If we can't, it will hurt and a small part of us will die with it. But there will be other crazy goals we can aim for which in time will allow us to heal.
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