RSBS Presents: Pain

jeff running houston half.jpgMy morose and oft despondent colleague, Mr. Krause, recently addressed our mutual passion for the sport of long distance running, and in doing so, alluded to the fact that such passionate loyalty requires a certain tolerance for pain. 

Indeed, running begets pain.  But said pain often calluses the soul, prepares it for the ultimate fight — whether physical or mental — and breeds a certain unparalleled toughness that can guide one through any hardship.  This I know.

Pain is a binding precursor to ecstasy.  Without it, we wouldn’t know a good thing if it hit us in the face… which, would be ironic in this case, because — depending on what the object hitting us in the face is — that could possibly hurt.

But I digress. 

Perhaps the following irony deficient examples will help better illustrate my point:

Jayson Werth cigar.jpgJayson Werth
(aka Nipple Abrasions — minor yet aggravatingly debilitating)
Congratulations, Washington Nationals, on signing Alfonso Soriano 2.0!  No, seriously, I really am happy for you.  I mean, y’all have had some painfully troublesome moments in your six year history… y’know, like, sucking and all.  Then Strasburg went down… Dunn got away… and now you dole out $18 million a year for SEVEN YEARS to your division rival’s 32 year-old third fiddle.  Um… okay.  The bad news is: you got screwed.  The good news is: it’ll be over in seven years.  By then you will be so learned, so deteriorated, so callused by anguish that every little victory will seem colossal.  Maybe you’ll even smile.  Maybe.

usa-flag-inside-map.jpg‘Merican Politics
(aka Plantar Fasciitis — excruciatingly biting, often chronic)
Eight years of Dubya.  A war in Afghanistan.  A war in Iraq.  The continued waste of an asinine war on drugs, on poverty, on progression in general.  The complete upheaval of congress from one extreme to another, to another, then back to where it started again.  We don’t have healthcare, we do have healthcare, we don’t have healthcare.  We’ve no jobs.  Our farmers are forced to grow crap crops to make corn syrup which is then injected into all your food so that you are prone to overeat, become obese, get diabetes and die.  Yeah.  That’s some real pain right there; makes Canada sound like the Playboy Mansion.  Ms. Teen South Carolina, you with me?

pirates fan.jpgThe Pittsburgh Pirates
(aka Hitting the Wall or “Bonking” — worst case scenario your body loses the ability to function due to depleted glycogen stores)
Two words: Matt Diaz.  Wow.  Just… wow.  Dear readers, when signing Matt Diaz is a big deal, you know your team is in trouble.  In the Pirates’ case, they’ve been in trouble since 1992, they show zero signs of improvement, and life is just gonna get more and more painful for the handful of baseball fans left in Pittsburgh. 

Just remember:

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

My advice?  Go Steelers! 

Hate me ‘cuz I bring da pain, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

5 Comments

I hear ya. This last month for me has been nothing but pain. I should be in heaven come Spring Training…but we’ll see…
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Since you’re so into pain, it’s fitting that you said you’ll be seeing Black Swan this weekend. Natalie Portman will be on this list. Talk about suffering for your art.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Mike — After pain comes elation, brother! Remember that!
Prince — OMG HOLY MOTHER OF BRUTUS! SCOTT OLSEN! I JUST MADE A MESS!!!!
Jane — Will do… I’m a big Natalie fan… and pain is my thing… so yeah, this should work out well ;-)
–Jeff

Jeff,
Tried Cross Country running in High School for all of three days. Not sure why people get a drive to pound the payment and produce bone spurs and shin splints, but then again, I maye have missed the whole deal somewhere.
Could be more bout the singular competition and endorphine rush than anything else.
Whereever the drive and desire is rooted, it takes a bit of a sadist ( in my opinion only) to get up at 6 am on a perfectly cold inter day and run outside until your eyelashes fall off from frozen exposure.
But then again I live in Florida where only 5 days a year are too cold to…….run.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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