They say that the best way to handle adversity is to stay positive. While staying positive is important, I’ve found that it’s just as important to let out your frustrations.
This weekend our team travelled across the river to the Pan Ram Invitational. The nice weather brought out the best in our team, and there were many great performances: Olivia Taverna placed fifth in the 100 with a 12.90, Caeden Smith ran new a PR of 4:38 in the 1600 and finished seventh and Rich Le also ran a PR in the 300 hurdles, running 42.6 and finishing eighth. These are just some of our team’s accomplishments this weekend.
As for me, the best thing that happened was getting a sun tan.
For the last month I’ve been struggling with a bad case of shin splints. I’ve had them before, but they never lasted more than a day. This time they haven’t gone away and I’ve had pain ever since they started. Therapy has helped, but the pain is still there. A few days ago I got prescribed a medication to help, but so far nothing has changed. With all the work that I’ve put in, this is not how I wanted to start my senior season.
I’ve been told over and over to stay positive, but after my races on Saturday I said how I really felt. It’s hard being in pain and not being able to run to your full ability. It’s also reasonable for me to be angry about it. Letting out some of the negative thoughts made me feel a little better.
Staying positive is important, but there comes a point where you can’t fake it anymore. Things could always be worse, but they could be better too. Right now this is where I’m at and I have to accept it. Moving forward I am focused on doing everything in my power to make this the season that I had hoped for.