Using roadblocks to learn

In this journey we come across road blocks from time to time. It’s not that we happened upon it, or it happened upon us, but rather it’s our response to it that matters in the long run.

In my work as a Feldenkrais practitioner I sometimes create these for the purposes of learning. We call them constraints. Given you can’t move this way how can you still move forward?

Recently I gave myself a constraint in my running. I pulled a hamstring in late April following a race. It didn’t happen all at once, but a series of things converged; not properly warming up, sprinting down a hill when I normally don’t do that, not taking enough time after the race to bring my training back up to speed, and not doing much Feldenkrais so I can keep in touch with how my body was doing and to reorganize it for efficiency.

The pain was intense enough that it kept me from running for more than a month. My wife even asked me what I’d have to do to make it not hurt. I said “not run”.

So I swallowed my pride and didn’t run.

Instead I focused a lot on my walking. Going back to the basics of how I walked.

Refining how I walked so that I could do it with pleasure, and not ever going into pain.

So with a week before the Rock and Roll Seattle Half marathon, and ready to opt out of it, I finally was able to go for a run without the pain coming on. It was slow as I had my awareness radar on high to pay attention to how I was running.

I was able to do two more slow runs before the Half marathon came up, when I decided to go for it and run it.

It may be slow, but my only goal was to finish the race and not be in pain.

I did complete the race. I felt out of shape from being away from running for that month. My time was only 2 minutes slower than last year, which really surprised me for all the walking I did in the last half of the race.

But most importantly the painful hamstring was history.

I used my inability to run because of pain as a catalyst to learn how to run without being in pain.

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