Runner’s are a funny breed when it comes to getting injured. I know many runners who the first thing they do when they wipe out on a run is to stop their Garmin. I, personally, don’t see anything wrong with that either. Seriously! If you don’t stop your watch, you are going to mess up your paces. Admit it, you do the same thing. Don’t you?
Then there are the times that maybe the injury is a little more than just falling during a run. Denial is a powerful thing and most runners I know embrace it 100% Even if we aren’t in denial about getting injured, maybe we are denial about how injured we are. Maybe something like rolling your ankle. Yes, you can admit that it is hurt. No, you can’t admit how hurt because that’s just crazy talk.
That being said, I’ve been a very good girl and rested for two weeks. Is the ankle all better. Nope. Does that mean I am going to keep resting it? Nope.
This past weekend I took it out on a test run. A local Parish in town has an annual 5K. It’s for a good cause. It’s a great fast course and it’s local. I knew I was going to be running on Monday, so I thought this was a perfect place to test out my foot. Seems reasonable to me, don’t you think?
I went to the 5K with no expectations except to test ankle. That might be a slight lie, but that is what I told myself. I did know that I wasn’t going to push it too hard. The race started and it felt so good to be running that I just went with it. I felt my foot/ankle the whole time, but just under the surface. I ended up with a really nice run, but was sad that I was 3 seconds off of a personal record. Official time 27:20:40. Now I had wished that I pushed a little harder, but it is what it is. Besides I was running again, so Yeah!
After the race, I did feel sore and my foot was still tender. But it is what it is. It just needs some more time and I’m being smart about it. Really, I think that I am.
Monday I went for 8 miles and a nice and easy pace. My foot was more of a dull ache and manageable. I actually felt better after the 8 than I did after the 5K since I wasn’t pushing the pace. I am rolling into the end of my 50K training and really need to be smart but also prepared for the race. Scary thought is that it is literally only a month away!! One thing that I have going for me besides having a great coach is that I am not putting any pressure on for my pace. My goal is to finish. That is all. Seems like both a reasonable and doable goal to me.
What type of injured runner are you?
Not that I am saying I’m injured. I’m just need some TLC:)