It is almost the weekend! If you get a weekend- I work Saturday mornings now so I get like one and a half days but considering I am able to have 1-2 pool hours a day during the week right now I am not complaining!
Yesterday was not only the 2 year anniversary of me living in Nashville, but the one year anniversary of breaking my leg…. in THREE places… and not realizing it for a month. Here is the story of why I don’t run as much any more and why if you think you hurt yourself you should get checked out right away… and not a month later!
So, last year I ran two half marathons within two months of each other without really training. The first one I was relatively well pre-pared for and was the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando. I ran with my dear blog friend Liz and two other girls!
It was a great weekend of new friends and running and Disney World, and reminded me why I love half marathons so much! So I got back into running a little bit after that but my schedule was crazy so I didn’t cut out the time for running like I used to. But when my friend wanted me to pace his first marathon by running the first half I decided to just do it- a week before the race. Now this race was amazing probably the best run I have ever had- despite the fact that it torrentially poured the entire race! I was totally back into running after this one! I was also playing kickball and beginning to train clients, which with one of my clients I would often do hill lunges and sprints with him for motivation. Basically I went from not a lot of running to A LOT of running and a lot of speed work with not a ton of cross training and basically no leg strength work… and I called myself a trainer….
In our last kickball game of the season, I was the last kicker up and decided I HAD to make it to first… which led to the BEST dive/fall/slide in kickball history…. and I still got out wootwoot! Afterwards my knee and shin hurt but I attributed it to soreness and shin splints and did nothing… fast forward almost a month later and the pain has not gone away- thinking O tore something in my knee I went to an orthopedic doctor to get it checked out. X-Rays and an MRI later we discovered that I had 3 stress fractures in my right leg- effectively ending any thoughts of running or physical activity last summer… minus the pool.
As an athlete/compulsive excerciser this was a very difficult period for me. My best coping mechanism had been taken from me, and I had a boot and crutches during the summer in the South.. so not ideal! However I took it as easy as I could, hoping to speed up the recovery process. When my boot finally came off I was thrilled, and I could not wait to get back out on the pavement… until my Dr. stopped that plan right on its head, informing me it would be at least 3-4 months before I could run again depending on how my PT went. Oh I was mad, and not at all a fan of PT at first. However I am 100% percent sure now that it was the best thing that happened to me.
My career now is helping people train smart to see the results they want to achieve- however I was blatantly ignoring that myself. My PT taught me how important it was to build a strong base in my legs through hip/glute/thigh/calf exercises in order to avoid injury again and be able to train better and run stronger. He also told me I was not alone in my way of thinking that because I ran I didn’t need to spend more time strengthening my legs. A lot of people just run without the important strength cross training! That is why I wanted to share this with you more than any other reason! Some of you may read this and roll your eyes because you have known this forever- but for those who think like I used to- take at least one day a week to fit in your squats/lunges/ glute exercises! You will not regret it!
When I got the all clear to run again in November I was scared. I didn’t want to hurt myself again so I simply didn’t run. I felt a lot of shame over this fear because runners get injured and bounce back all the time- so what was wrong with me that I couldn’t? I realized I needed to give myself more time to mentally heal from my first major sports injury since I had allowed myself so much time to heal physically.Slowly I am getting back into it- in small 2-3 mile increments at a time- it can be frustrating as there is still that nagging fear in the back of my mind- but I am also feeling the joy of a great run again, and the blissful clear mental view I get during and after running! Hopefully I will be back in races by next spring at the latest, but with a strong running and strength training plan!
That was lengthy sorry guys!
Tell me about your injury stories and how you got back into doing what you love!
Peace, Love, and be Sperry!