It’s time for me to replace my running shoes, well past time. A certain store has a trade-in policy (for limited periods of time). You bring in a pair of used running shoes and you can get a discount towards your purchase.
Before I turned in my shoes, I took the shoelaces out and replaced them with some from a random pair I still have. Why did I switch out the laces? I ran a 5K in June and fell. I didn’t notice a pothole and totally tripped. I tried to recover and prevent the fall, just when I thought I had, I realized that I was going down!
It wasn’t a bad fall, no scrapes, I broke my fall and got up and ran even harder. Shout out to the two guys who made sure I was okay despite the fact we were in the midst of a competitive race! I improved my time and I loved my attitude. I loved that I was like okay, that happened but instead of running at the same pace, we’re going to step it up. I improved my time.
The next day when I was lacing up, I realized that my left shoelace (brunt of the fall) was shredded in a few places. I want to hold onto the shoelace just because I liked my approach to the temporary setback.
It also reminds me of my dad. He battled cancer for years, prior to that he was dealing with congestive heart failure. I remember getting in a minor car accident out-of-town during Spring Break. I was at fault and I remember after the police came, talking to my dad. I was naturally upset, he asked if I was okay. I told him yes. Next, he asked about the other driver, I said he was fine. My dad said from his perspective, we shouldn’t worry about it anymore.
I remember telling someone else a few months later. She said that her dad would have been yelling about the damage to the car. I told her that when you’re dealing with issues of life and death, you’re not going to waste energy on stuff like that.
My dad was a warrior through it all and I felt like for that moment in that race, I was embracing his positive energy when unexpected things happen…