I hate getting injured. Quite honestly it is the worst. I know you’re thinking:
“DUH who likes getting injured?!”
But really, it puts my life on hold. I get worried about my running race season. I have a job that is literally always on my feet. I have to remember to ice and take pain meds before work. It just puts a large strain on my life.
After the ten miler I dad last September, I had a serious foot issue. It was hard to walk without pain reliever and I couldn’t run. It was a stupid mistake. I felt my foot getting sore, and I still ran on it. I finished the race (2nd heck yea!) but then was done for a couple weeks.
I hate not being able to run. I try to run all year and I love it. However, I know it’s important to listen to your body.
A couple days ago, I finished a workout and felt that soreness in my foot. I was mad because I have a race in less than two weeks and want to keep training. I also was relieved I caught it early.
I caught it early, so I could stop, evaluate the level of pain, and decide how I wanted to proceed.
It is not bad, I could try to push through it and hope it goes away. I did not do this.
I stopped running. I cross trained. It sucks. But I feel like my discomfort is subsiding and I should be race ready.
Let me say, it was hard to stop because I did not know the severity of the discomfort. It has been challenging to trade runs for elliptical and bike rides. My long run this past Saturday was simulated by a two hour elliptical ride. It was not the most euphoric thing. But it was painless.
Today I ran four miles, this first I have since last Wednesday. I felt fine through it all and decided to stop after four because I could feel a bit of discomfort. I finished the workout on the elliptical.
It might be boring. I might be losing a bit of running fitness. But for a long, healthy race season, I think it has been worth it.
What do you do for cross training?
Have you even not been sure if you are injured?