Facts About Injury
|May 15, 2012||Posted by Lauren under Running|
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 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.
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.
This 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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