The Hard Way....

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Day 17
Learned the Hard Way
What's a lesson you learned the hard way? 

This lesson, I've learned in multiple areas of my life.

Most recently, at the half marathon last fall when I hurt my knee. I pushed too hard, and then pushed it again 2 weeks later at a 2nd half marathon. Now FINALLY after 6 months, I am feeling better. I wish I had thought about how going a little slower would be saving my knee then. I've definitely been able to adapt to that mentality at all my races since then. Except Disney where I probably should have stopped and didn't. Well, that was the Disney Marathon, what would I really do besides finish?
(see my day HERE where I reallllly probably should have stopped)

I also learned this lesson in my love life. I pushed very hard 3-4 years ago about getting engaged. I pushed so hard he finally gave in. I didn't stop and give him the chance to do it on his own time. Which has now lead me to 3+ years of engagement, without a wedding date in sight. I've only recently let go of the push, knowing it was the right time to stop and let him make the next move.

In so many ways we can be stubborn.
We can be hard on ourselves.
We don't want to be a failure.
We don't want to disappoint others.
So sometimes we don't stop when we should.
It is ok to stop when needed.
Maybe during a bad workout, where you're really not feeling it. Or at a point where there's a risk of injury to your body or your emotions. Embrace your ability to make the decision to stop out of smartness.

That is not called giving up.


Sara said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read this!

It is so true!

Thank you for reminding me, my friend.

Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

Great post!! I'm on a similar relationship level and hope things will change soon.