I'm a pretty stubborn dude! Not stubborn like my daughter ... but I can dig my heels in with the best of 'em. And sometimes this unwillingness to stop and listen, combined with a fair amount of mental and physical toughness causes prolonged healing and unnecessary pain.
Take my body for example ... that's probably where this bull-headedness is most evident. On several occasions, Michael has encouraged me to go to the doctor to get something checked out. Most recently a leg issue. But I always insist, "Nah, I'll just run through it." When she pushes me a little, my stupidity driven stubbornness answers, "You would have to cut my leg off to get me to stop running!" The conversation usually ends there by Michael concluding, "Okay idiot, limp around for the rest of your life!" Then she says something mean like, "You're a broken down, slow, old-man anyway!" Now that's just uncalled for ... love you honey!
It's probably just the way I was raised. I'm small-town, old-school baby! And "The CODE" says TOUGHEN UP! I've been an athlete all my life ... football, basketball, baseball, and now marathoner. I've had it drilled into me since I was five, "Walk it off!", "Tough it out!", "Don't be a wussy!" Heck, once when I was 25, I tore some ligaments in my ankle and drug my foot behind me untreated for about 3 months because we didn't have insurance. Did it hurt ... a little! But I'm tough baby!
"My first baby came out sideways ... I didn't cry or nothin'!"
So today, at 42 years old, when my leg is killing me, what do I do ... run on it until the pain is gone! Now before you judge me and start a "comment section lynch-mob" about going to the doctor, hear me out. This has obviously been a successful approach! Is it the smartest? Probably not! But I'll never be confused with the most brilliant of minds. And I'll bet if you were really honest, most of you who are serious about your sport do EXACTLY THE SAME THING! It seems like most of the time ... heck 100% of the time to this point ... I WAS RIGHT! It all eventually goes away. Sometimes I have to slow down a little. Sometimes I have to limp. But for some stupid reason I look at seeking a professional opinion as "surrendering".
So I guess the "question of the day" is this ...
Do you do the same thing? Or are you smarter about your body and know when to have it checked out by a trained professional?
I know which one I am. And like my grandpa used to say "If ain't broke, don't fix it!"
(Disclaimer ... Jim's actions should in NO WAY be taken as the right way to do things. If pain persists, please seek professional medical attention ... seriously!)
... be great today!