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It Will Be Enough

There are days when you train really hard.

You put in so much effort, you sweat and sprint and throw and suck for air. You push yourself through the last rounds, then the ab work and the slow stretches intended to keep your muscles from cramping on the long drive home from the gym. Or the gravel lot, or wherever you’re training.

The next day the soreness kicks in, and the lactic acid makes itself known in one or another muscle group that you didn’t realize you’d been neglecting.

Today I’m giving myself an unplanned day off of training. My knee aches, my abs ache, and I have a few spots I’m icing. (What’s up with that right forearm and wrist? Ah, the uppercuts. Need to stiffen that wrist, maybe back off on the arm power and put body power behind it.) My fight is coming up but I’m not fretting about a missed day of training.

I’m not fretting about it.

Because it will be enough. I will look back on this and be able to say that there were days when I could have added another set, another round. But on the whole, I’ve done well and it will go exactly how it goes in the fight because I’m doing all the things I set out to do.

If your trainer moves, you find another. Things shift, you muddle through the transition. If you can’t work in the gym, you work in a gravel lot. You don’t worry about the money. If your knee hurts, you rest it. You delight in the many cheers of your friends.

And you live in the midst of hard toil, intermittent pain, and the sheer joy of laboring toward something you love.

That’s what I’m doing. And it will be enough.

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7 Responses to It Will Be Enough

  1. Girlboxing March 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    That is exactly right, Lisa. It *will* be enough and will repay in untold ways!

  2. Amy Scheer March 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    You got it, sister. You’ll be better for the rest, no doubt. All the best to you and your spots that need icing!

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 29, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Spots that need icing! I like that image, Amy! And I also enjoyed clicking over to catch up on your blog again. I finally put it in my blogroll, too. (I’m particularly fond of your eclectic mix of subject matter.)

      • Amy Scheer March 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

        That’s very kind of you! I’ll “ice” something in your honor.

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    LOL! Sounds like we’re cupcakes. Let me know what you ice. 🙂

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