When To Throw Everything At The Problem

EverythingattheproblemSomeone once told me that most problems can be solved with time or money or a combination of the two. But sometimes you have to throw everything at the problem.

Lately I have been dealing with a couple of running injuries. I really don’t have a clue as to what caused them but for the past three weeks I have been throwing everything at the problem that I can.

The first problem was in my lower left leg. I went after it with aggressive icing and compression and even took a full week off from running back in April. I even went to a physical therapist who worked on the leg a bit and that seemed to get things mostly back in line… After that, I started wearing different shoes and switching out shoes every other run just to keep things in balance. It took a while but finally that problem dissipated a couple of weeks ago.

But not before another issue popped up in my right foot! At first I thought that maybe I hurt the right foot on a long run three Saturday’s ago when maybe my foot folded over a rock or root in a strange fashion but to be honest I am not sure. It could also be a strange tendon/tendonitis problem very similar to what was happening in my left leg but just showing up at different spot. Again, throwing more things at the problem… Instead of icing I have been using heated water bottles to keep that tendon warm, trying out new shoes still that don’t put any pressure on that tendon, tweaking my running schedule a bit to give it more of a break, and massaging the heck out of it with various massage types of balls.

This race that I have been training for is less than a week away and I have done all that I can do the past two months to throw everything at the problem that I can. Will it pay off in the end? I really don’t know… I hope so.

One of my coaches taught me this a few years ago when I was hurt. I was not too keen on the idea of going and getting a massage from a sports massage therapist mostly because I was afraid that it would hurt, and it did, a lot, I might add. But what he told me was that I could probably work through the issue and be okay but what if in the end I did not finish the race that I wanting to complete? He told me that it was better to throw everything at the problem that I possibly could so that in the end if things did not work out then at least I would not be able to look back and wonder, and say, “I wish I had done…”

Don’t be afraid to use everything within your power, your abilities, and your means to solve any problem that is facing you. Better to spend everything that you can to put the odds in your favor than to come up short and end up with lingering questions, or worse, regret.

When it’s time to throw everything that you can at a problem then throw everything you can at the problem!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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