Running can be a pretty SIMPLE sport but by no means is it an EASY sport.
The last few weeks I have been reading several blogs that are battling injuries, and most of them are out of the game. Some have had to pull out of races. I am so sad for these runners, but I completely understand what they are going through.
Running is pretty hard on the body because of the constant pounding our bodies endure. Especially the legs and feet. Although there are a number of precautions we runner’s take to avoid injuries (stretching, cross training and rest days) those precautions are not 100%.
Any runner who runs on a regular basis is likely to have an injury at some point during their running. The injuries can vary, some being mild enough that the runner can continue running and training. While others are so serious that the runner has to completely stop running and training until the injury heals completely…
Are you injured right now?
Mentally, injuries take a toll on runners. No matter if you can keep running or not. Well for me it does anyway. I am injured and fighting through the mental game of running and training. I have been very lucky that I have been able to continue to run, not as much as I would like. I also have a great running bud, JL, who is keeping me real. And hey, at least I am still in the game.
How do you handle injuries Mentally?
I have a Half Marathon in 2 weeks and 2 days. I do not feel anywhere near prepared to race. I just want to cry.. My mental game is so off. Due mostly to my injury (plantar fasciitis) in my foot. I have not been able to run farther than 7 miles. I have been on the bike doing cross training. And my endurance seems great. But I am starting to panic a little, well actually a lot. I know that this will not be my best race and I will be happy just to finish, even if I have to walk/run. There is no shame in that right? Please tell me I am going to be okay? It’s okay to cry a little?
I have decided to take the OKC Half Marathon (May 1st) off the table and take 4-6 weeks off from running to let my foot heal. I will continue to ride the bike and do lots of cross training. Any suggestions?
Thanks for listening, and I will try to keep my head up and my spirits high over the next few weeks….
If your going to run, Run Half Crazy