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Well, tonight's workout was a little rough. I was relaxing at home on my off day when I thought to myself "man, I could sit down and try to find something to watch on Netflix or I could get off my ass and go feel better about having done something productive." So, I put on my shorts and tee, grabbed my keys, and headed off to the gym. Now, I've recently started coming to Carson City Crossfit and the love, support, and passion of the people there make me excited to come.
Here was the work out of the day (WOD) when I got there:
500 M Row / 400 M Run
21 KB Goblet Squats (35/53)
Now, nothing really jumped out and scared me. I was pretty excited to do some running (I'v never been a runner and my small improvements have made me feel better about my fitness). The moment I realized things might be tough for me tonight was when my legs started feeling like lead during the warm ups (damn you wall balls). Well, here comes the Metcon. Decided to do one round running, one rowing, and the last running, While time certainly wasn't my biggest concern (although I didn't want to keep anyone waiting) finishing was. On my last round it was time for the final run.
Here's where I struggled. The rowing from earlier had absolutely killed me and I hit a wall halfway through the run that made me grab the fence trying to catch my breath. Honestly, at this point I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish and I mentally prepared to tell everyone back in the gym "well, I'm not going to be able to finish." Right before I completely accepted my fate, a small passage of reading from one of my college courses ran across my mind.
For those of you who don't know, Marcus Aurelius is one of my favorite philosophers and inside his Meditations (specifically book ten), is this nugget of advice:
I'll transcribe it below
Everything happens in such a way that you are by nature either able or unable to endure it. If it happens so that you can by nature endure it, do not complain but endure it as you are by nature able to do. If it happens so that you cannot endure it, do not complain, for it will anticipate your complaint by destroying you.
And my favorite part...
But be sure to remember that it is within your power to endure anything which it is within the power of your thought to make endurable and bearable by representing it as to your advantage or as your duty
And so it goes, I started running, got back to the gym, and thanks to the the wonderful support... I finished that damn workout.
Whether physical or emotional, if you're facing a struggle in your life just remember: you have it in you to endure anything you set your mind to.