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Facts About Injury

Fact Number 1: Not running for long periods of time can be depressing. But we already covered that one.

Fact Number 2: You will never want to run so badly as you do when you are sidelined because of an injury. On any given day, I enjoy running. But when I’m injured? There is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do than run. I talk about running as if it’s the most important thing in my life. And insist that I will probably die if I don’t get to run soon…as in tomorrow.

Fact Number 3: You are going to gain weight. I’m sorry, but it’s true. There’s no way you can go from doing high levels of physical activity to doing practically nothing and maintain your weight in the process. Unless you starve yourself, which I’m not really in the habit of doing.

[Number 3a: You can pretend you’re okay with this, but secretly you are not. Or at least…I’m not. I hate the way my muscles are no longer as strong as they used to be. I hate not feeling fit. And I hate the timing of it all. In case you were wondering, packing on the pounds before a wedding – an event where you will not only be in front of a bunch of people but that will be captured forever in photographs – is not exactly ideal. And yes, that is my vanity coming through.]

Fact Number 4: You may be willing to compromise some of your principles all in the name of healing.

Glucosamine ingredientsGlucosamine Chondroitin is good for joints. But it is not vegetarian.

Fact Number 5: Even elite runners get injured. And they don’t always handle it very well either.

Jocelyn tweeted a link to this video the other day and I just had to share. Not that I’ve been there… (You can also watch here)


Fact Number 6: You learn to adjust your plans

Besides running Boston, my big running plans for the year included doing a bunch of shorter races over the summer. I was looking forward to changing up my training by running short and fast. Instead, I am changing up my training by resting…a lot.

Rest and recovery ultimately make you stronger, right?  ……right??

Fact Number 7: You waver between being incredibly motivated to get better, and wanting to do nothing but sit around in your sweats eating ice cream. Especially when stressful life things happen and all you really want to do is go for a good, hard run.

passed outThis is pretty much how I spend all my free time these days…

Fact Number 8: You start to think maybe you weren’t meant for running after all. And devise a plan to cheat on your (once) favorite sport with a new one.

Fact Number 9: These plans never last more than a day or so. Because deep down inside you know that you are locked into this relationship with running for the rest of your life. For better or for worse.

Fact Number 10: Even though you know you should take things one day at a time, sometimes it just feels better to have exciting races on the horizon, as crazy as your plans may be.

I know this is old news at this point, but I’m excited to be running Hood to Coast this August with Nuun. …as long as I can get myself up and running in time to train for it!

But since that wasn’t enough, I went ahead and signed up for another big marathon that’s been on my list for a long, long time.

Dear NYC – Please don’t break my heart like Boston did. I don’t think I could stand it.


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22 Responses to Facts About Injury

  1. I thought for a long time I’d never be back. Slowly but surely I got running 5 min, 10 min, then 15 min. You’ll get there. Keep at it.

    I highly recommend doing some sort of run-walk to get back ie run 1 min, walk 1 min, run 2 min, walk 1 min, etc. Worked great for me.

    Agree on the gaining weight thing.

    Meggie´s last post ..How We Get Our Pats On The Back

  2. You WILL get better! I’ve definitely been there – and at ALL of those facts. I think you forgot the one about drowning your sorrows in alcohol though… oh, maybe that was just me! YAY FOR HOOD TO COAST!!
    Ricole Runs´s last post ..Things I Did Instead of Running

    • haha nope, not just you. It’s easier to drink more when you don’t have to worry about getting up early to run!

  3. You totally read my mind with #8. I’ve been upset because not only am I not a great runner in the first place, but now I’m injured and maybe I should just find a sport I’m good at. I haven’t decided what to do about these feelings. Except try to heal.

  4. Thank you for not sugar-coating no.3. Honestly, I think it’s at the forefront of every runner’s mind when they get injured – and in my case, the pounds don’t even come off when running is resumed. But it takes guts not to pretend to be all happy-smiley and ‘taking care’ of one’s body when really we’re just pretty hacked off with it, and don’t need a physical reminder, aesthetically, of the weakness the injury has revealed. That said, you were so slim to start off with – even with ‘extra’ pounds you’ll still be a lot more slender than almost everyone else.

    Jess´s last post ..Race Recap: Marathon of the North – 3:26:44

  5. If you can do w/o chondroitin (which I think has less evidence for it than glucosamine), there ARE vegetarian glucosamines (I take them). NOW brand has the one I take – just veg glucosamine, no MSM or chondroitin (check your local Vitamin Shoppe store). The vegetarian sources to look for on the label are Regenasure or GreenGrown. Some other brands have started as well (Natrol I think, Source Naturals). You can get them online from Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin, etc.

    It’s tough, especially given the timing. Hang in there.

    • Thank you very much for the recommendation! I guess I should’ve done more research first…instead of just buying whatever I could find at CVS. I would prefer to take a supplement that is vegetarian, so I’m definitely going to look for veg glucosamine.

  6. Yea! I’m in for NYC as well! Yahoo!
    Kristin miller´s last post ..Glad Game Monday XIII

  7. Oh man… It’s been one week of no running for me and I’m going to lose it. I have been cross training but it’s not the same. After biking or elliptical I still feel like I haven’t done much. I miss the therapeutic part of running.

    I am signed up for NYC too. I am actually using a customized plan for this one for the first time ever. I miss marathon training. I know you must too!! You are doing the right thing and all this resting is going to pay off big time this fall. I’m sure of it!! :-)
    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom´s last post ..A Mommy Break AND a Happy Mother’s Day!

  8. Well put! Have you seen any benefit from the Glucosamine Chondroitin? I’ve been considering taking it for awhile.

    • Not sure yet. I heard that it takes one to two weeks to start noticing any difference. I’ve been taking them regularly for about a week and a half now, but I started taking the supplements at the same time that I stopped taking any anti-inflammatories, so it’s been hard to tell! I will keep you updated about how it feels after a couple more weeks though!

  9. I agree with all of these…except I don’t have a wedding coming up, oops. That being said, I feel like a whale from not doing anything, although a couple people have commented that I look thinner than I did before. But I certainly don’t feel like it.

    I started running again today with five minutes…and all I wanted to do was a puddle stomping hour long run in the rain, but I held back. We’ll get back there…hopefully soon. It sucks a lot…but I guess we’ll be running NYC together soooo sub-3:10 HERE WE COME. :)
    Susan´s last post ..i’m not calling it a comeback

  10. #2 is the biggest one, for me at least! You’ll be back soon!
    abbi´s last post ..Slow and Easy

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that video! It just goes to show you that professionals are going through the same thing (or at least you can tell yourself its the same thing right?)

    Also, #8 WILL NEVER BE TRUE.

  12. Oh man, this brought back the anguish of being injured all too well. #2 especially. I was so, so bitter whenever I saw someone running. And don’t even get me started when friends would joke about skipping their runs. It would make me livid that they were taking their good health for granted. As you can gather I handled my injury with much less grace than you have! (Reagarding #3, I was “lucky” – a side effect of my injury-induced depression was complete and utter lack of appetite.)

    I’m so sorry. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. You WILL be back, and you’ll (eventually) be faster and stronger. Trust me!
    Kate (Embarrassment of Riches)´s last post ..Chanel

  13. You know my story of injury, I think. You will run again. And you needn’t think of it as ‘cheating’ on your favorite sport but more as helping pass the time constructively while your fave is currently unavailable :) The sense of mental and physical wellness when you can be active in something that doesn’t cause pain will ultimately help the healing process …not a scientific or medical fact, just my personal opinion :)
    XLMIC´s last post ..It felt like a really long, hard week…again.

  14. I love this post. And I agree with every fact.
    Emily´s last post ..Sounder’s Game, Reflection, BBQs

  15. When I got injured, I spent the time strength training and biking. By the end of it I got back into training with a new love of running and a PR. Granted, I’m still new at this – and no where near the level you’re at – but I still think injuries can be a chance to focus on often neglected aspects of training (stretching, weights, cross-training).
    Good luck with NYC!
    D of LRD´s last post ..Why running is good for you; and why you’re dog is so happy

  16. I know how you are feeling girl! I am wishing you a speedy recovery! I have started taking glucosamine and massage sticking/rolling and it has definitely been helping!
    Chels R.´s last post ..TGIFriday Faves.

  17. I hate that you’ve been injured for so long. And it is AWFUL timing. Fingers crossed you heal soon, Lauren!
    Jen´s last post ..Race favorites

  18. Sorry if you’ve mentioned this and I missed it, but I once suffered from Runner’s Knee (from what I know caused by a shifting of the knee cap itself), but in the recent weeks have had total relief-no pain. During my runs I wore a knee compression sleeve (ProTech brand) that gave me complete relief during my run and in the mean while I did lots of other strengthening exercises with weights-lunges, squats, etc. Knock on wood it’s been several months since I’ve had to wear that sleeve. Best of luck to you!


    • Thank you very much for the recommendation and the link to your post. I have been trying to do a lot of strengthening exercises (carefully – because I don’t want to do something to exacerbate the injury!) and have been considering trying a knee sleeve too. I’m going to look into the one that you recommend on your blog. Thanks!

      Glad to hear you’re able to run pain free now!

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