“The Restoration of a Runner.”

Too fiery for bullshit. Too sensitive for games.

The restoration of a runner is no small feat. It requires time, patience, a positive attitude, and a healthy dose of gratitude.

This morning’s disc regeneration session brought tears to my eyes. Not so much because it hurt, because it’s actually a very gentle and gradual therapy process, – but because I let my own frustrations overwhelm me.

On the more difficult days like this, I have to remind myself of the progress that I have already made, and recall the level of pain that I used to have.

The truth is, I’ve seen better days – but I have also seen much worse. Like so many others, most of my days fall somewhere in between.

I woke up this morning with some aches and pains, but I woke up nonetheless. Some days I struggle to get up and move but, each day, I continue to do my best.

I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have everything that I need. I have a comfortable home and a husband who loves me. I have many “friendlies”, and a few close friends. Those particular friends have become closer to me than my own blood related family.

I no longer have much free time, but I make the most of what I’ve got. It’s been a long slow journey on this injury recovery plan, but we are finally well on our way, despite the months of daily treatments remaining ahead. There’s no highway through healing and results most certainly do not happen overnight.

The restoration of a runner is no small feat. It requires presence and patience, mindfulness of the very moment that you’re in, while not losing sight of how far you’ve already come.

Six weeks ago, I couldn’t put on a pair of socks or shoes, move my bowels normally, snap my own bra, or even shave my own legs. Today, I can do all of those things and more. Progress is definitely being made, regardless of the slowness of pace and degree of difficulty along the way.

I have to keep reminding myself that growth is always uncomfortable, and I know this to be true. There is always a period of pain or discomfort before you level up. The trick is in refusing to let the hard days get you down.


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