Benefits of Injury
As a hurting runner, it’s hard to believe that I would actually consider the idea that there are benefits to being injured. Injuries suck. Period. However, I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of this very dark tunnel. It finally came to me this afternoon.
When I started training at the end of November for my race this weekend, my running life was great. I didn’t hurt. I felt light on my feet. My running form felt perfect and I started to question why I ever got injured in the first place. I am such a good runner. I can do this seven days a week. And I did. December was my best running month ever.
But the miles add up. That slightly weaker left side gets weaker. And those slightly tight glutes get tighter. The slanted sidewalk seems to get even more slanted and what started as a slight ache, becomes a serious problem. I knew it was coming but I thought one more long run would be okay. It wasn’t.
The benefit to being injured is you become more in tune with your body. For years, I have known my left hip is tight and my left side is weak. For a long time I accepted it as a fact of life and wasn’t proactive. I just assumed that I couldn’t run as much as I wanted to because my body couldn’t handle it. I don’t believe that anymore.
For the past week, I’ve been seeing Dr. Molly for active release therapy. She has told me that my left side is really “congested.” That there isn’t the movement in my left side that there needs to be. And that is exactly how I feel. Congested. She has put me through some intense, painful ART and as my left side starts to open up, I realize what it’s like to actually have movement throughout my left side. To have hips that move like they should. Even as I type this, I’m crossing my left leg over and under my right leg and I use to never be able to do that.
My point is that although injuries suck, there is something to be learned. Do you know why the injury happened? Is there something to prevent it from happening again? Your body is smart and the more in tune we can be, the more we can help ourselves.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
I had Mario take pics of me running this summer. Just look how stiff my left side is. I feel like I should tilt my head for it to be straight.
Running Update: Since I ran yesterday, and I don’t want to overdo it before the race, I just went to Dr. Molly and then came home to take care of Mario (now he’s sick). As far as my leg and hip are concerned, they are getting better. Slowly but surely. I’m so curious to know what will happen Saturday morning.