Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Tough Times

Huckleberry, one of Drake's most beautiful bulldogs!
I traveled to Drake Relays last week to hang out with the awesome ASICS people, cheer Russ and all the other competitors on, and see my Mom and Grandpa.  It turned out to be such a fun week, but it didn't start out great, and I wanted to talk about that a bit!

Throughout this recovery process, I'm proud to report that I've been really strong!  Yes, there have been times when I've had to choose my positive attitude, but it has been way easier than I expected to stay that way.  I generally am just excited to do new things and get stronger physically every day, and that has been really fun to experience.  Once I can do something again (box jumps, blocking drills, etc.), I just consider that new exercise to be part of my repertoire and move forward.  It's awesome. 

Thankfully, I've only gotten really upset about four times in the past seven months, but when I get discouraged, it hits me kind of hard.  I'd like to say it comes out of nowhere, but emotions are completely normal!  There have also been warning signs, but it's not like I could have avoided releasing those emotions.  I think everyone who has gone through major injury can understand that emotions sneak up on you in your quest to stay positive through a recovery that is bound to have its ups and downs.  Traveling to Drake kind of did that for me.

Upon arrival last week in Des Moines, I told Russ,
"I hope I don't freak out since I'm not competing and everyone else is." 
I wouldn't call what I did "freaking out," but I broke down at a bit of an inopportune moment.  I obviously knew I was feeling kind of weird about entering the early months of Track and Field season not knowing what it will bring, or I wouldn't have mentioned anything to Russ.  Good thing I have a fabulous support system to help me through, and I spent the rest of the week with some of the most positive people that I know.  I also got to spend all day Sunday with my Grandpa! 

Stacey and me :)
Whenever these emotional moments have happened, some good thing follows that shows me just how well things are going to turn out.  Whether that good thing has been increased knee flexion in the early days, making new friends in Colorado, or actually having a blast being a spectator at a meet, it always gets me re-energized for the future. 

What do you do to get yourself back on track?  Don't let a few moments of being emotional (for good reason) derail you; talk it through, choose a happy thought, and move forward!  I'm excited.


  1. When I watch film of jav throwers, I really get a high on watching their success and post-throw celebrations. Watching throws come together in a beautiful manifestation of strength, technique, explosion all in one throw, and then watching the fulfillment and joy it brings to them; it really gets me past any feelings of inadequacy or defeat.
    Wishing you all the inspiration you can find Kara! Throw further!

    1. That's what throwing is all about, anonymous! :) I'm so happy you get so much enjoyment out of watching. That feeling I get for other peoples' success makes me feel like I'd really enjoy coaching some time down the road! Thanks so much for your encouragement! I'm so excited about where I'm headed.

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  3. I think that unusual and unfortunate circumstances often carry the potential to breed powerful and moving results. I'm not sure what your beliefs are, but I read through this every morning...
    GOD, grant me the
    to accept the things
    I cannot change
    to change the
    things I can
    and the
    to know the difference.

    Living ONE DAY AT A TIME;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardship as the
    pathway to peace.

    Taking, as He did, this
    sinful world as it is,
    not as I would have it.

    Trusting that He will make
    all things right if I
    surrender to His Will;

    That I may be reasonably happy
    in this life, and supremely
    happy with Him forever in
    the next.

    Reinhold Neibuhr