Injuries and Running

For the better part of my life, I have been into some of the more intense and high impact sports and activities.  That also includes many of the jobs I’ve held up to now being in a fairly dangerous profession of firefighting.  I’ve had my share of injuries while playing baseball, mountain biking, martial arts, and even during the course of my job but not nearly as often as I’ve had since I began running.  You heard that right.  I’ve had more debilitating injuries and setbacks from my short career of running over the last few years.  Now I’ve always considered myself pretty knowledgeable about functional anatomy and biomechanics from my days as an Athletic Trainer so why am I getting hurt?

About four years ago, I started to take a stronger interest in running competitively and didn’t start out being so fluid.  My first short race was brutal and I was winded and thought to myself “Why do people do this?”  I didn’t have many friends who ran or raced so the ones I did have became more important to me.  I picked their brains and watched them run so I had an idea what was right and wrong.  I found myself comparing my runs to theirs and should have known that not everybody runs the same or even has the same gait.  The injuries I was getting were starting to take a toll on my attitude and daily life.  I’ve had the stress fracture in my fibula, the low back strain, the pulled hamstring, the shin splints, and now, the knee problems.  It gets frustrating because all I want to do is enjoy this sport while enhancing my health.

Over the years, I’ve tried many products that have helped me to run better or improve my form.  Many have actually helped me and it’s been noticeable.  Yet, here I am with another preventable injury.  Okay, it was an accident this time but trying to rush a camera timer by hopping and torquing wasn’t the best choice while hiking rough terrain.  This of course was 2 weeks before running my first marathon!  So, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be icing, resting, compressing, and probably taking a Medrol DosePack.  Currently, I’m 3 days post injury and my range of motion is better but not great and weight bearing is tolerable.  I’m trying to be positive and optimistic about running the marathon but obviously not at the pace I was training for.  I don’t want to exacerbate the already irritating problem and will listen to my body but I’m still going to do my best.

I will beat this!

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One Comment on “Injuries and Running

  1. I know it must be frustrating. I am glad you’re listening to your body, though. That is the only way we can get better and back at what we love to do. After all, health is most important – not only in life, but in running. (Running, life, same thing!) And did you do some updates to your blog (or am I just not that observant)? It’s amazing! So organized! Love it! Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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