I left Pamplona not knowing where I would wind up. I ended up putting one foot in front of the other and walking to Puente La Reine…famous for a centuries old bridge and a romantic feel.
Early in the day, walking the concrete and curbs of a big city, my feet were in pain. I kept walking figuring the pain would work itself out. It let up when I arrived in Puente La Reine.
There’s a great line in a move about Navy Seal training. Viggo Mortensen plays the Seal Trainer who barks out to new recruits…. “Pain is your friend. It tells you you’re not dead yet!”
Stephanie Porter, who captain’s a running clinic I’ve done a few times has a different approach to managing expectations, one’s own limits, and how one should slowly grow into their ultimate goal (instead of running a marathon on weekend one). She says “Alright, when you’re running today, if you can’t sing the theme song to “The Brady Bunch” at the same time, you’re running too fast for now. Work your lungs, your stamina, and slowly increase speed and intensity. Take it easy. This is your life we’re talking about!”
I wonder if they have the Brady Bunch Theme Song rule at Navy Seal Training.
I stopped twice along The Way, placed moleskin on a couple of hot spots, rubbed my feet (a cheap and effective remedy, albeit unpleasant to passers-by), and walked about 15 miles.
My rush rush nature, pre-Camino, would be to do just that; not stop, keep walking, get ahead and ignore the obvious. But today, by grace, I stopped, cared for myself and trusted that the clock would not tick so loud as to annoy me. I even worked through the notion of the clock ticking at all (another graced moment).
To stop and offer myself care is to trust in my own goodness, my own instincts, and the advice of people way smarter than me who suggest it’s the best thing to do.
I’m grateful for the pain…a side note to the joy of the Camino. And I’m grateful for the small portion of trust I afforded myself.
Perhaps there is a strategy to increase trust, like singing TV show theme songs while running. I’d like to adopt that strategy tomorrow.
These are small steps, I trust, to an increased trust in God, increased trust in my true life journey, and trust of tomorrow…that it will bring good, and not something less than good.