It's OK to not be OK

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It's OK to not be OK

I'm from the "spartan up" generation from seven years ago when if you hit a rough spot, ailment, or injury, you just simply "powered through."  If you raced back then, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

"You're sick? Suck it up buttercup."

"You're NOT training right now? What’s wrong with you?"

"What do you mean you’re not racing anymore? Sign up for one right now!"

Cold? Suck it up. Injury? Find a way to race anyway. People in worse conditions than you are racing right now. Seven fractures in four metatarsals? You better believe I'm still coaching warm-ups and racing for "fun."

I was totally in it to win it and I didn't want a silly sinus infection to keep me from my two-a-days, the flu to keep me from competing and winning, or crutches and a walking boot to stop me from what I "loved" to do.  I was team "no days off" and I lived that life to a T.

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But I was young then. Not that I’m old now (don’t you dare snicker), but I’m oldER. and I think that matters. My mindset is completely different. I no longer have something to prove to other people (and if you I do, the door is that way --->), but I do have something to prove to myself.

It isn't if I can climb that mountain faster than before. It's not about getting a new lifting PR.  It's certainly not about who is faster down the track. But it IS about challenging myself physically and mentally - by paying more attention to my self-care and setting reasonable goals and expectations. Sometimes it’s ok to push through a cold and sweat it out. Other times, not so much. That’s when it all comes down to listening to my body and my mind and connecting the two. Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds.

You don't have to believe me (I wouldn't have either), but I've lived in that space long enough to know that pushing through something just makes it take longer than if I took time off and returned after a few off days. That continuing to ignore my symptoms and working out anyways, not taking time off and punishing myself for poor performance - that just prolongs my sickness or injury.  Sometimes I legitimately need time to wind down and heal. And so do you.

So... it's ok to not be ok. It really is. It's okay to take some time to heal, to get better, to work on your health - for you. Tune into your body and see what IT wants to do - what it CAN do. And focus on one day at a time. Take it from someone who learned from experience, “off-day” isn’t a bad word anymore, and it doesn’t make you less unbreakable - it’s just a part of the process.

xoxo - #LiveUnbreakable

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Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) US Navy

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Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) US Navy

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Lone Survivor,” chances are you were touched by the story of a team who set out on a mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader, where only one man (Marcus Luttrell) survived to tell the tale. While one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare, the story shared through that motion picture pales in comparison to the actual heroic efforts of that team, and in particular, the actions of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.

A Long Island native and the first member of the US Navy to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, Murph wore a patch for Engine 53 / Ladder 43 in Spanish Harlem, and served as a LifeGuard (and trained to be a Navy SEAL) in lake Ronkonkoma. A hometown hero to many - but a personal hero to one runner from Long Island.

On June 21, 2013, this solo runner set out to cover 56+ miles from Spanish Harlem to Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, in an effort to memorialize Lt Michael Murphy.

Primarily a Fundraiser for the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Lone Survivor Foundation, Navy SEAL Foundation and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the goal of this race began simply to continue to keep spreading their story and their legacy, allowing these brave men and all those who make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, to live on.

The original one-man team, Freddy Rodriquez, who started this run back in 2013 wanted a unique way to give back to those who served and help them and their families through fundraising.

Now in it’s seventh year, 25 runners will cover the same 56+ miles in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy’s heroic efforts. We will run from Spanish Harlem, through Queens and Nassau County, and end in Suffolk County, for Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy and the men of Operation Red Wings, who died on June 28th, 2005. Join us live on Facebook and Instagram while we enter the pain cave over these next 24 hours, and please head here to donate!!

I wanted to do something to honor Murph since he is a personal hero of mine, for what he did both before and while he was a Navy SEAL. He did what was right even when it wasn’t a popular opinion. But I wanted it to be something that lived up to the men from his mission. I found out about the 4 mile run around the lake and wanted to do something extra for it. This lead to the start of the 50 Miles for Murph.
— Freddy Rodriguez

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