I've started physical therapy for my shoulder, and the first thing the therapist told me - after listening to what I do and what I did and poking me and measuring muscle strength and range of motion and that good thorough physical therapist stuff - was, no boxing. At least, not until I was allllll better.
I had slowly started doing some again - only what I felt I could do without pain - but my PT said even this was too much. That if I continued I would only be wasting our time.
So we're looking at a couple of months here, minimum, and by then I will be well and truly in the thick of marathon training and unable to fit anything else into my schedule, so that effectively means no boxing until after the marathon. Which is why I was trying to integrate a little bit back into my schedule, even 5 or 10 minutes a few times a week, so that it could remain just part of what I do.
But now, three weeks into that command, I find I'm surprisingly okay with it. (For now.)
As I read more accounts of the study of fighting the more I come to think that for me physically it's all about refining my running anyway. (Developing more strength and explosiveness. More guts.).
And that in the rest of my life it's about sharpening my focus and strengthening discipline and developing fearlessness.
I have no desire to hurt or be hurt, even if I like to hit. But there is so much to learn from the study of fighting.
From my favorite writer on the martial arts: "We are all fighting something."
What am I fighting?
What might I accomplish in that fight?
Seems like a good time to pick up meditation again.
Always striving -