Another summer and another injury. This time last year I was smashed into from behind while driving and ended up with whiplash that stopped me running until September. This year I was 19 miles into a 20 mile run when I stepped off a curb and went over on my ankle. I have spent the last couple of days with it either wrapped, elevated or packed with ice and am waiting to have it x-rayed in case it is broken. I am fairly sure it is just a nasty sprain but even so it means I’ll be off the trails for a couple of weeks.
I don’t always seem to have a lot of luck with injuries. What is strange though is how few of them come from running. Even this one could have happened just as easily stepping off a curb while walking (something I did years ago) so it seems a little churlish to blame running for the injury. I blame the injury for stopping me running.
So what is a runner to do? First up – rest. I am always tempted to get back out running too soon after a minor injury and it soon becomes more debilitating and longer lasting. This time I am staying off it for at least two weeks. Secondly I am going to stay positive and focus on what I can still do. When the swelling goes down I should be able to use the spin bike, rower and weights. I should be able to go for long walks and of course I have plenty of other hobbies – you can expect more fascinating blog posts and the kitchen will be a hive of activity.
As long as I can maintain some fitness of the TR24 in 6 weeks and can run at least slowly for my birthday break in July (the 11th in case you were thinking of sending a card) I’ll be happy. Running should be a source of joy and not stress. I’ll try to keep that in mind.
- What Running Has Taught Me About Patience (moveeatcreate.com)
- Do You Know How To Run? 7 Tips To Avoid Injury (organicauthority.com)
- Running Blues (blogaboutrunning.wordpress.com)