Reluctantly conceding to running injuries
Running takes a toll on your body. Recreational runners get the occasional sprained ankle or shin splints. But for the avid runner or, like Iandamp;#8217;ve been called, an obsessive runner, there are a long list of injuries that easily sideline you. Iandamp;#8217;ve written about what to do and look for in running injuries, but now Iandamp;#8217;m sidelined for the rest of the season. So I need to touch on it again from a slightly different, yet personal, angle.There are a series of emotions one goes through when the injury first occurs: Itandamp;#8217;s no big deal; I can run through it; a little ice and Iandamp;#8217;ll be fine. Sometimes those answers donandamp;#8217;t work. I felt that two weeks ago and I had even more reasons and excuses why I would still be able to run. Competitive runners arenandamp;#8217;t always good about listening to their bodies. Iandamp;#8217;m notorious for that move. Iandamp;#8217;ve been running through injuries for years. I preach otherwise but andamp;#8212; and I know better andamp;#8212; I continue to press forward.Iandamp;#8217;ve also noticed my performance has gone down and the level of fun I have when running has greatly diminished. That should have been a sign.My friend Chris Luberecki said, andamp;#8220;This injury is probably the best thing that could have happened to your running.andamp;#8221; Iandamp;#8217;m being forced to stop and heal. Doctors, physical therapists, friends and my wife have all tried to get me to stop and recover from various ailments. I wouldnandamp;#8217;t listen. Now, here I sit, at home, like a skier in midwinter on a powder day. Truckeeandamp;#8217;s summer trails are a runnerandamp;#8217;s paradise.There is always a silver lining in a dark cloud. As one allows the body to heal, training still continues. Be it Pilates, by strengthening from the inside out, core strengthening or just something different, letandamp;#8217;s say, rowing. There is always an opportunity to grow and progress. Spoken like a truly obsessive runner, I know. But all this down time leaves lots of free time. I havenandamp;#8217;t done it yet, but volunteering at area events, be it trail races, mountain bike races or triathlons will be my way to continue getting my adrenaline rush without compromising the healing that must occur. All athletes out there like to be cheered for and encouraged to move forward. Itandamp;#8217;s time to stand on the other side of the race course and help make a special day for someone else.andamp;#8212; Peter Fain is a local trail runner who competes regularly in regional trail races and snowshoe runs in the winter. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
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