First Basketball Game of the Season · 21 January 2013

Our church basketball season has finally begun, and for the first time I was in shape to play the first game. In past years, I have always been huffing and puffing up and down the court. Last year, I subbed myself out in the first five minutes and probably could have come out earlier. This year, I did not really feel like I needed to get off the court.

Not only did I feel like I was in shape, I did not have any thoughts about getting injured. For the past couple years, I have felt a bit wary getting on the court. I wondered if I might rupture my other Achilles tendon or even reinjure the repaired one. I would always warm up well to help stave off injury and check to see all was ready to go. This year, I still warmed up, but I was not in the least bit worried about injury.

Most basketball players worry at least a little about ankle injury. Jumping up and down with others in close proximity means that sometimes we come down in awkward ways that might twist or otherwise injury the body. I wore my minimalist shoes and had no thoughts of ankle or any other injury. I just ran. I just jumped. I just played the game. Free from injury and worry.

I was also free of the huffing and puffing I normally associate with the first game. Probably because I have been running a little. Those few miles each week have helped to get my wind up. I might still be a bit of a weekend warrior, but at least this year, I am not such a worn out one.

It is exciting to know that I can run up and down the basketball court with no problems. Without huffing and puffing all the way. Being free from worry about injury. My health regime of a little exercise and a new way of eating is paying off. I was in shape mentally and physically for the first game of the church basketball season.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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