If you ‘re working out hard, then you ‘re forcing your body to compensate to the stressors you place on it. Unfortunately the down part is that you may at one time or another, apply too much stress causing you to face the dreaded Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Ã‚Â word … Injury. Pain, inflammation, swelling, redness, muscle spasm … more pain. Oh how I hate getting injured, resting and taking it slow when my mind says go, go, go!After my AWESOME race on Saturday I went for a gentle 10k run ” I felt fantastic for the first 7k, then my left heel began to feel tender. As I continued to run it became worse and worse, but I still had to find my way home (a word to the wise ” carry a cell phone when you run in case you need someone to pick you up and bring you home). By the time I got home I could no longer run without limping. For this entire week I haven ‘t been able to walk without limping (it ‘s particular bad at night and in the morning). Arrrgh! I ‘M INJURED! (I suspect I either have plantar fascitis or a calcaneous stress fracture ” neither one of them are known to heal quickly 🙁 ).
I ‘m trying to be optimistic that this will heal with enough time for me to get a few last weeks of training in before the half-marathon on May 16th. I ‘ve put a lot into this training and it would be a shame to have to put this race aside and focus onto a new one, especially since the Spring half-marathon season is short and there are few other races to choose from.
All of this has me wondering ” what should I do? What would YOU do?
Do you hate being injured as much as I do? What do you do to cope? Do you go in complete rest mode, or do you stay active ” doing other activities until your injury heals? Would you find a new goal (or goal race)? How do you stay positive? I ‘d love to hear your words of wisdom and advice!