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Sometimes Heroes Get Beat... Badly

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 December 2017

Last Updated 17 December 2017

Motivational Moment - 

"Sometimes Heroes Get Beat...  Badly"


“Oh, you think darkness is your ally.

But you merely adopted the dark.

I was born in it. Molded by it.

I didn’t see the light until I was already a man,

by then it was nothing to me but blinding…


The shadows betray you,

because they belong to me!”



--Tom Hardy as Bain confronting Batman

in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”

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All heroes make mistakes. All heroes at one point or another misread the situation or worse are betrayed by someone they trust. And, all heroes must deal with those moments when they get beat badly. It comes with the territory when you dare to try.


As with other years in training, this is the point when the workouts get brutal. Right now, there is no amount of strength, anger, or grit that can close the gap between where I am and where I want to be. It’s tempting to go negative, checkout, or allow the hopelessness to paralyze me. Instead, I rely on "dark optimism" to find a way forward.


So what’s next? What advice can I give others who are in a similar place? The first order of business is survival. Protect your body, if you are able. Use your mind to find safety, if you are able. And, above all else, guard your spirit, if you are able. Realize that spirit is the true prize that your “opponent” is trying to take.



God Bless,


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This Week in Training –

“The Pit of Despair”



Bruce Wayne: Why didn’t you just… kill me?

Bane: You don’t fear death… You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.

Bruce Wayne:

Yes. But not of your body… Of your soul.




Bane explaining the truth about a
despair in “Dark Knight Rises”

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Last Tuesday, I made a big mistake. Trying to balance a few priorities, I decided to complete my 15-mile run on Tuesday instead of Saturday. Yes, I successfully completed the run, but my body was not ready for it. The price was several days of knee/hip pain and being flooded with all of the feared consequences of my choice. Here are some:

  • I have too many past injuries to complete the training
  • My body can no longer recover fast enough
  • I’m not athletic enough anymore to adapt and keep going
  • I’m too tired to keep up with this and everything else
  • I’m too old to keep putting my body through this
  • My body is not made for running
  • I’m still too fat!


These were some of my greatest fears going into the season. To see them all materialize at once is enough to leave me feeling helpless in my own "pit of despair." The reason why they are powerful is because there are threads of truth in each.

There is a temptation to come up with strategies to immediately address them. I can do additional weight training and agility drills to make myself feel more athletic. I cut back on all other activities surrounding my training to have more time for sleep. I can research the best knee braces, shoes, recovery sports drinks, and go on a diet to lose more weight. You know what? I can play it “safe” and try really, really hard to do all of the above simultaneously! I’ll just put my head down, fight like hell, and endure as long as required.

Sounds a bit insane right? Not when you’re scared. Not when fear grips you. Not when you’re in the dark about what to do next. I know because I’ve tried it.

Don’t let the darkness challenge your sanity and break your spirit. That means make only modest adjustments this week driven by a bit of dark optimism.  In practical terms, here are my plans.  I am going to do light jogs for the shorter workouts and 1-mile repeats for the longer ones. If I need to stop, I will. Also, there will be no sprints or final surge during workouts. I will regain momentum by saving a little a bit for the next day and focus on achieving my primary goal of “time on feet.” This should create enough space for me to discern between fear and reality. It will also create real hope even though the path is still unclear.

Here’s this week’s workout plan. I’ll also need a plan to address the fear. More in the next section.

Monday: Long Stretch; Core Strength 1

Tuesday: 4 Mile Jog; Core Strength 2

Wednesday: 8 x 1 Mile Repeat Runs; Core Strength 1

Thursday: 4 Mile Jog; Core Strength 2

Friday: Swim; Long Stretch

Saturday: 16 x 1 Mile Repeats (Practice Form)
Sunday: Sports with Girls; Long Stretch  


*Core Strength 1 focus on chin-ups, pushups, planks, lower back/abs

**Core Strength 2 focuses on squats, hip strengthening, and stretching
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The Transformation Challenge
“Wake Me Up Inside”

“How can you see into my eyes like open doors?

Way down into my core where I’ve become so numb.

Without a soul, my spirit sleeping somewhere cold

Until you find it there and lead it back…



Wake me up!

Wake me up inside.

I can’t wake up!

Wake me up inside.

Save me!

Call my name and save me from the dark.


Wake me up.

Bid my blood to run.

I can’t wake up.

Before I come undone.

Save me!

Save me from the nothing I’ve become…



--Evanescence and Linkin Park singing “Wake Me Up Inside”

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What are some of the greatest fears that you hold deep down inside? What are some mistakes that you don’t dare tell anyone or try to forget? What are some of the issues that weigh on your heart most?


This week’s transformational challenge is to list them… All of them. Start from your youth and go all the way to present. Then, create some quiet time to reflect and pray about it. Don’t be shy about asking for help from the one who gave us life in the first place. Pray for wisdom! Pray for an intercession!

Let God in to help!


Not sure what to say? How about asking God to wake you up from the inside, to feel His presence, and to save you for all eternity? It sounds like a tall order, but in my faith it's a gift that is already given. All you have to do is embrace it through your conscience! It is literally an awakening that brings all of you to life!

Fears don’t have any boundaries. When they exist in one space it quickly infects others, making it very difficult to see the world as it is. But here’s the good news. If you let God in, you walk through the door of eternal optimism. No human being can give this to you. It’s the peace of knowing that, no matter how the story ends, it’s going to be OK.


What fear can beat that?