"What's going on? Why so many injuries, most self-reported as 'overuse' in nature?"
We are smart women. We know better. Yet we push ourselves to the point of injury and then try to deny what our bodies are telling us, or we have a chronic issue developed earlier and it rears its ugly head, but we won't tell anyone - not our friends, our families, our doctors, ourselves - that we're in pain and need to adjust. Either way, we aren't willing to listen to our bodies and do what we know is right....
Why do we do this??
but at what cost to our body, our health, our spirit???
Now don't get me wrong. I do have a competitive streak in me, and I consider running a competition with myself - to push a little harder, find out what I'm capable of, and reflect on the process... but am I willing to push so hard, so fast, that I create a situation that I might not be able to run, either temporarily or ever again, and then have to deal with those consequences?
Hmmm... been there, done that.
After jumping head first into 'this thing called running' last November, running as fast as I could in three 5Ks (without any training of any kind... had no idea what I was doing), and then coming to a grinding halt because my right hamstring screamed in pain and wouldn't let up.... It took 5 1/2 months for me to get back in the game. During that time, I gained 10 pounds, one pant size, and a whole lot of doubt in myself....
Why do we do this??
How does this happen?
I'm pretty sure we all know the answers to these questions, but I'm thinking a gentle reminder for all of us, and "Hey, did you know?" for our newest running friends who haven't moved in on Injury Avenue yet might be worth sharing, so here goes....
By the way, my own hamstring/pyraformis "thing" is still an issue, along w/ a left knee whose old Navy injury rears its ugly head when I run on any surface that's either uneven or slopes downward. Remember those great photos of my neighborhood: old brick roads w/out sidewalks in some cases, and when there is a sidewalk, it rises/falls with yards built up from the road? Yep - PROBLEM. This past Sunday's long run (7 miles... YAY!) took me right down Injury Avenue with plenty of pain. Left knee locked up near the end of mile 4 again, after running on uneven ground in miles 3 & 4. Shuffled through miles 5 - 7. Bought a knee brace later in the day - will check back and let you know how that's working out. Note to self: in addition to knee brace, use the flatter running paths! The beautiful views are NOT worth the pain... not even for a minute.
My Thankful Three
Today, I am thankful for:
- Flat running paths from which to choose
- Ibuprofen (lots of it lately!)
- The willingness to be conservative when necessary
Happy running, friends....