Bone spurs, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, ankle sprains, IT band syndrome. These are common injuries suffered by runners.
Ive been fortunate to not experience a single running injury in all my years of running until now. People go through injuries all the time, but you can never really understand the magnitude of the pain until it affects you. The pain that I am referring to is not just physical, it is emotional.
Its been 2 weeks since my achilles on my right foot started acting-up. A slight jogging step will trigger the pain. The sharp pain radiates from the base of my achilles to the sides of my foot whenever I take a step harder than a walk. Imagine the effect it had on my emotions.
Oh-no, I cant run!
What am I going to do?
My event is only a month away!
Will I have enough time to train for my event?
What if I cant run my event?
Ive been feeling a bit down about not being able to run. But you know what? My injury has helped me realize that there are things you can control and things you cant. I cant control the fact that I have an injury, but I can control how I feel about it. I am telling myself that I will heal, and Im going to do everything I need to help my achilles heal quickly as possible.
Ive been stretching my calf muscles, using my foam roller, icing my ankle, and putting a hold on my running until Im completely healed so I dont make it worse.
Instead of running, I have been biking. Biking doesnt hurt my achilles so I feel its a safe alternative to getting a good cardio workout and gaining strength. My quadriceps is getting stronger and that will help me with my runs once Im healed.
Im not going to let my injury beat me down. Im going to stay positive. Optimism is good for the mind and soul.
In life, I have choices. I can choose to be depressed and bitter about my injury, or I can choose to redirect my focus on getting better. I can choose to quit running or I can choose to try a different workout that will compliment my running. Its all about having a good attitude.
I may be weary, but not defeated.
I may be in pain, but not destroyed.
I may be beat down, but not crushed.
I may be suffering, but not dead
Keep on running my friends
~Walking/biking-girl (for now)