The path isn’t always smooth

Walking in Pasadena, CA

Walking in Pasadena, CA

I love to walk. In fact, on most days I am able to hit the three-mile trail behind my house. It’s great for my soul to be in the woods, watching the birds and squirrels, saying, “hello, beautiful” to the deer that cross my path.

Because I’m preparing to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela at the end of April, I’ve substantially increased my outings and their length. While in California for the Rose Bowl, I walked nearly 40 miles over the course of four days.

Turns out, this wasn’t so good for my feet (my left foot, to be exact). The shooting pain I have on the top of my foot has made my daily jaunts less pleasurable. Yesterday, I learned I may have a stress fracture. I also had to order orthotic inserts for my shoes as my stance is throwing off proper back alignment. (Just typing the word “orthotics” made me age 15 years!)

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I’m feeling disappointed that my walking has been temporarily curtailed. I’m scared I’ve overestimated my ability to traverse the 20-mile daily stretches our Camino crew will undertake come April. In short, I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself.

I don’t like that feeling — at all.

Why am I sharing this setback with you? First, I want to be transparent and not only share the shiny bits of happiness (which, to be honest, is what feels comfortable). Second, it’s an opportunity for me to look at how this “setback” is beneficial.

So I’ve decided to reframe the story I’m telling myself. Deep breath. Here goes: It’s great that my body is telling me what it needs now so I can make necessary adjustments to be most prepared for my upcoming adventure. I’m thankful for great doctors and health professionals (like Dr. Lisa Gordon) who are supportive and encouraging while addressing the root causes to my discomfort. Even if that means orthotics!

I’m lucky, really. Fortunate I can afford orthotics. Grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my dream of walking the Camino ( Thrilled to be part of a dynamic group of women who are undertaking this pilgrimage along with me. (If you’re interested in joining our merry band of Camino walkers, there are a couple of slots still available.)

As you hit your own the path for your journey, how can you reframe your setbacks to be setups for future success? I’d love to hear your story.



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