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How Far Will You Go?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friends and family ask me all the time about why I hike, climb, and push myself when my joints are aching, my toenails are screaming and I feel like I can't take another step. Well, T.S. Eliot couldn't have said it any better. I love this quote and I feel the truth of this deeply.
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  • CANNIE50
    I love this quote, and I really enjoyed reading your comments on my blog. I know about pushing on in spite of physical discomfort and I share many of your same issues. I have 10 toes but maybe 7 nails, if that tells you anything! Here is my philosophy on exercising despite body-woes: I know people who are completely sedentary and they have the same, or oftentimes, worse aches and pains and problems as I do. I know some of my family secretly thinks my running is crazy and has caused or worsened my osteoarthritis but I firmly believe it is my excess weight that exacerbated it and it would be even worse if I had been more sedentary all these years. Plus, running has made me much more aware of stretching. Stretching my hamstrings is the only thing that has truly helped my lower back pain - as in, almost eliminating it altogether. We can get older while moving around, or we can get older while sitting around - you and I choose moving around. I appreciate your dream of climbing mountains. I thought for a long time, that I had another marathon in me. I have decided I probably don't, but I have a lot of 5k's and hikes and long walks and other endorphin producing activities left in me, and I aim to go after them all! emoticon
    1801 days ago
    I get it!
    1817 days ago
    you are always going farther and that makes you a winner in my book emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1822 days ago
    Hiking and climbing is great for exploration and just flat out fun! :)
    1822 days ago
    I'm with you on this one!
    1822 days ago
    Yes, I agree with you. It is a very good one. I experience it in my life as well. We are able to do so much more than we think we can and there is only one way to confrim this fact and it is by doing.
    1823 days ago
    I am not much in favor of tormenting myself but I envy the people who do... you are doing great!
    1824 days ago
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