When I reference competition, I don’t mean the podium.
I’m not that fast and never will be.
What I mean is, competing with myself.
Perfecting my own performance.
But with that, comes burn out. illness. injury.
So, then the question becomes …
Do I push myself to beat my time?
Or do I just enjoy the run?
Do I push my body to perform?
Or do I optimize my health?
It’s rare that both are possible.
Do focus on fitness longevity or do I risk injury?
There is no easy answer.
Optimizing seems the smarter choice
But then there is a psychological drive to compete.
The thrill you feel when you push yourself
When you set yourself apart.
When you brave the rain while others stay inside
I think there are benefits of feeling discomfort.
Especially in a world of convenience
A world of comfort.
Benefits of moving past pain.
Of practicing physical stoicism.
It’s a balance.
And it’s always changing.