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An ode to professional Athletes

January 29, 2022

I began running recently, and it’s been hard. Not necessarily on my endurance (surprisingly), but on my joints especially my left leg. I use to be a very active person.

Played soccer starting when I was 6-years-old. Practice twice a week with a game on the weekends when I play club soccer. During the high school days, playing for the school, it was practice everyday and a 1 game on some random weekday. When we had tournaments, it was almost 2 games on a Saturday and another Sunday...and maybe another if we advanced to the finals.

Basically you can see that I was always moving, running, and exercising.

When that routine went away, exercise doesn’t come easy to me, so it’s been hard to get back into the groove of things.

I’ve been watching a lot of soccer or football analysis on Tifo. I’ve found their breakdown and insights about the game, tactics and all around way they talk about soccer enlightening (makes miss playing too).

All this stuff came to this thought as I was running last night, and my joints were aching. I thought about this professional footballers and how physically exhausting their job is. These ladies and dudes who are playing professionally are within the age range I am in. However they are the examples of physical peak. They put their bodies through 10x more so I can’t even imagine what they’re going through. At the same time, because they’ve conditioned their bodies to be in top condition, I doubt they feel the pain I go through from just a light jog around the neighborhood.

There really isn’t any type of massive takeaway from this. More so a form of empathy and recognition of how physically demanding professional sports requires an individual.

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