Sotong, a running buddy has a moto: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Recently I've heard a lot of other Singaporean buddies quote this saying.
Well here's a song for all you buddies, especially sotong and roentgen ---->.
Anyway, I never really understood it. After all if am injured, I am not going to run......unless I am trying to complete an event and then have to have someone tell me I am being really stupid to carry on for 90 more miles! I know of many who continue to run with injuries and seen some injuries go from bad to worst as those persons have continued in self denial that there is anything wrong. Then *bam*.....they can't run and the specialist has to say "sorry love - your run is over".
Last year my alter ego had to learn a tough third generation language to redeliver to a customer who demanded to have a female instructor. As it so happens, it appears that this language is dominated by male instructors. Being technically minded and having created many custom solutions in 4th generation languages the company continually requested me to learn and deliver. I finally agreed and learned what I could. Two weeks before leaving I developed a nagging cough but still went out running. By the time I was at the customer's venue, my nagging cough had developed into a horrible chest infection causing me to pull muscles in the chest.
I had no choice, despite the cough and the pain, the company wanted me to deliver the course content. I reflected on the events I had completed so far and slapped myself. After all, I have beaten my body in a 5K with 5 tyres and in a 100 mile event that year. Also I was in a strange land and the only thing I would be able to do is to sit in a nice hotel feeling sorry for myself until the flight home.
I found this to be my toughest event! I didn't sleep for the whole week due to the pain and cough and I needed to continue learning/completing my own projects to ensure I was way ahead of a very intelligent class. By the end of the week I had delivered and was exhausted. It probably was the most torturous metaphorical "ultra marathon" I had completed.
I have learned life changes when we continue to challenge the way we are. And challenges that hurt and feel torturous move us forward. What doesn't kill you does makes your mind stronger to cope with the "stuff" life will throw at you.