I have heard people say, “It hurts my knees when I run, or
walk, or climb stairs,” and “I tried to exercise once, but I was just too sore
afterwards.” How about this one? “I started working out once, but my lungs burned
and it made me sweat and I don’t like to sweat, so I quit.”
Well, my friends, this life was never meant to be pain free.
Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned through discomfort and adversity. It
is, however, a common misconception of our day that the onset of pain of any
kind constitutes an emergency – one that must be stopped without delay! While
it is true that sometimes pain is an alarm signal that should be heeded with a
change in behavior or circumstances (See Section One, When Pain Means STOP!),
it is very often something that should be endured. In fact, while collecting
information for this book, I discovered that pain is more often a friend than
foe. You can read the rest of this lesson in The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny, due for release in January 2015. Order it now at an introductory price in my Etsy shop. Happy Running!