My beautiful, accomplished, athletic friend, Genevie (not Genevieve) started this fantastic challenge for the month of May: a mile every day in the month of May.  It was April 29th, I think, when I first saw her challenge go out to her family on Facebook or Instagram or both.

Genevie and Me!

I just decided that I was going to do it, too!

It’s been great fun so far!  A hike in the rain, a couple of early morning swims… I’m going ninja in the next couple of weeks – sneaking my miles into the minutes around my oh so sporadic and ridiculous schedule in the days ahead.  Never has anything so normal been so much epic!

A perfect hike in the rain…

The reason this is just so exciting is that I’ve been in really tough physical shape the last few months.  My lower back has been in great pain, to the point where walking and climbing stairs, getting up from chairs and typical things that I always took for granted were really hard.  It’s been getting better with the new things I’ve been doing every day and I finally feel like a mile a day of physical activity is possible.

So weird after swimming 3 miles every day for years.

I believe it was (still is, in fact) a combination of many bad practices, not really knowing how to move correctly in the first place, and being too flexible without having enough strength.

TA DA! SPAGHETTI GIRL!!! Flexibility without strength is my super power! #notreally

Currently, I still can’t swim for more than 45 minutes before the pain gets really bad.  I can walk and hike, but I will be in pain when I am done.  But sometimes, just waking up in the morning hurts… and there isn’t really a remedy for that now, is there?  I mean, waking up in the morning is my favorite!

Whatever shall we do?

What do we always do when we meet a challenge?

Get help.  Find an expert.  Listen to them with your mind and your heart and your actions.  Then go slow.  Start off gentle.  Dolcissimo.  Sweetly.  Just like the spring season around us.  One mile.  Just walk.  Or a short swim.  Stretch. Strengthen.  Fail well.  Fail to your own advantage.  Fail so you can try again the next day, even stronger.  It will get better.

It always gets better.


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