Today, when my alarm went off at 5:30, I easily got out of bed. An hour later, I began a 10 mile walk at 4 mph pace around Seabrook. I am walking because I am resting some aches and pains.
My thought was: The Holy Spirit's Love is my strength.
Now, a few hours later, my foot feels good enough to proceed with an afternoon workout: free weights and elliptical and bike.
I am not upset about not running. In fact, I don't really care if I never run again. The swelling on my heel may be with me for this lifetime, so I don't sweat it. But the achilles and plantar will heal and then I can walk longer and further. In a 24 or 72 hour race, most of the people are walking so I will fit right in. But until the plantar feels better, I can't even walk much more than I did today.
I can do sit-ups forever.
Badwater 2012 is over and the race reports are coming out. I read a particularly gruesome one today. the person did not conclude that this was the greatest thing he ever endured. It brought back my own "Why?" questions.
I can't explain endurance. Perhaps it is the same as an alcoholic getting drunk. Endurance is just something that must be done. That is why the thought of walking 24 hours doesn't phase me: it is endurance and it must be done.
The sisters in the monastery hardly walk at all, but the liturgy of the hours and daily hora et labora is a horrendous feat of endurance; lasting 60 or more years.
People who get up and go to work everyday might be enduring in a magnificent way.
I prefer my endurance with endorphins. So I walk and cross train. I am also fussy about my chiseled arm muscles, so I use the TRX for arm running.
Laying on my bed and reading this afternoon, I realized how wonderful the labor of endurance is. It enacts the most magic thing about any human mind: getting off the bed. How do we ever get off the bed?
While I walked, I dreamed. What should I do over Labor Day weekend? Should I go to St Louis and walk 12 hours? Or go to Utah and walk a marathon?
How many 50 somethings do you know who face such treacherous decisions?