Training Session #41- July 21: When you’re broken it’s easy to…

In 2013 I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disorder that chewed a hole in my cerebellum, atrophied various muscles, impaired my vision, balance, coordination and consequently stole my confidence and my ability to run. I have dedicated the summer of 2018 to regaining my strength, coordination, balance, and relearning how to run. I am participating in a 5k run on September 23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is my training journal.

This is my attempt to grow physically and mentally strong again.

Write on. Fight on.  

The previous training sessions can be found here, under “Fight on- Summer Training Log”


7:02 am- 8:12 am


Outdoor – 71 degrees

Training Maxim:

No hurry. No pause.

Training Performed:

1 hour and 10 minutes of:

  • 1/2 mile walk
  • 10 sprints the length of a basketball court
  • 20 side shuffles ( from baseline to mid court)
  • Balance exercises- heel- toe ( sobriety walk), lunges, side steps
  • 100 push ups
  • 100 squats
  • 100 sit ups
  • 100 seconds of six inches ( legs extended and raised approximately 6 inches from the ground)


100 seconds of six inches. 40 of those seconds were achieved on one hold–to celebrate 40 days of training.

Quote I’m Thinking About Today:

“There is no goo day or bad day, only good and bad actions.” ~ Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words


When you’re broken it’s easy to…

… give up.

… make excuses.

… place blame.

… complain.

… procrastinate.

… become angry.

… become jealous.

… become hopeless

… hide.

… forget that healing requires two things: action and love.

From The Previous Training Session- July 19: What would your future self say about you right now?

When my alarm sounded at 5:45 am my first thoughts were excuses:

… but I’m tired.

… but my ankle is still tender from yesterday’s training.

… but I have a busy day today.

… but everyone in the house is still sleeping.

I turned off the alarm, stared at the ceiling fan and with my wife by my side warred with myself for almost 20 minutes

My present self wanted to sleep. He wanted the pillow and the soft sheets.

My future self wanted to lace up the sneakers and get outside and train.

I find myself divided like this a lot. The present self wants the relaxation. While the future self wants the tribulation.

With my wife still by my side and the ceiling fan still spinning,I took a deep breath and thought about climbing back into bed tonight.  Would I be the same person that woke up this morning or would I be a little stronger, a little more proud because I simply got out of bed and dedicated time to improving myself?

So I pulled myself out of bed, laced up my sneakers and stepped into the world at 6:30 this morning.

I didn’t want to.

But now, as I’m telling you this, I’m so glad I did.


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