Pain is temporary.
Regret is eternal.
About a year ago, I embarked on a physical challenge.
My goal was to run around my neighborhood (a 1.2 mile loop) as many times as I could in 12 hours to reach 50 miles.
I started around 6 am.
By 10 am, about 15 miles into my journey, I could feel a burning sensation on the outside of my left foot (little toe area).
By mile 20, the feeling went from discomfort to pain.
Around mile 25, I seriously started to doubt my ability to complete another 25 miles.
Lucky for me, I had friends running with me for most of the day, so they kept me motivated to keep pushing on.
As the day went on, the pain in my left foot intensified.
After completing 40 miles, I decided to take a quick break.
I removed my shoe (for the first time all day) to see what I was working with, which is when I saw this image – it was shocking.
Putting my sock back on and squeezing my foot back into my shoe was very difficult.
At this point, I was seriously considering calling it a day and “being proud’ of the 40 miles I completed, 25 of which were with this nasty thing hanging out with me.
Deep down, however, I knew that I wouldn’t go to bed that night congratulating myself on the 40 miles I completed, I would go to bed wondering if I could have pushed through the pain for a final 10 miles.
So, I laced them up and went back to work.
The last 10 miles were grueling. I kept waiting for the blood blister to pop on its own for some potential relief, but that relief never came.
The only relief I got that day was at 5:40 pm when I finished my 50th mile. 50 miles completed with 20 minutes to spare.
The pain of that day is still etched into my memory, but so is the feeling of pride and joy knowing I pushed through the pain and finished what I set out to achieve.
It was a painful 12 hours, very painful actually.
But, those 12 hours passed.
Had I decided to call it quits that day, I’m afraid that feeling of regret would have lived with me for a very long time.
Next time something is painful and you feel like quitting, push through it.
You’ll never regret doing so.
I’ll see you on the battlefield.