Nothin’ beats a morning run. It’s honestly one of my favorite things in life. 7 solid miles in the books, and my legs felt great. Cruisin’ right along like I’ve never been injured, or didn’t have surgery 2 months ago. Life’s ebbs and flows are so fascinating to me.
When I was injured or after I had surgery and I couldn’t run, it consumed me. I tried really hard not to let it destruct my mental and physical health but it wasn’t easy. Let’s be real, if you’re a runner and you’re forced to stop running, you lose a small part of your soul, do you not? It is not easy to be side-lined from one of the things you love most in your life.
I know a handful of runner friends who are injured right now and I think about you guys all the time. And I often wonder what I did to get though the sucky times because, man, when you’re in the thick of an injury, the end never seems in sight.
I’m 2 for 5 when it comes to completing marathons I’ve registered for. That’s not a good stat. Injuries took 2 of those marathons, the surgery took the third. I know what it feels like to miss out on events because of injury. But I promise you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I don’t know how I got through last summer, when I was injured literally the entire time. I tried so hard to run through extreme ITB and knee pain for a few weeks but just couldn’t take the pain after a while. I had to stop. I was causing more damage than good. So instead of running, I made up for it by hiking a whole bunch. And swimming. And biking. And those things gave me a new identity. Or at the least, simply distracted me from what I was missing the most.
So I guess the key to getting through the tough times is to find something else to keep busy with. To distract yourself so that you don’t miss running so much. And to know deep down that you will run again :)