Hey guys! 🙂 I’m running 17.0 miles this morning, so I’ll be back in… 3 hours or so!? Eck!
Lately, I’ve be receiving lots of e-mails and comments about injuries. ‘Tis the season for injuries, I suppose! I earned a reputation for being an Injury Queen when I ran both of my knees into the ground (I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome in both knees, which is why I ice them after every run).
The key from bouncing back from an injury is 1) acceptance; 2) rest; 3) effective treatment and 4) a good attitude. When I was injured, I took nearly 2 months off running, but I focused on biking and strength training and shaped my body in completely new ways.
The time off allowed me to heal, and soon I learned to manage my knee condition in a way that allowed me to run pain-free! Within a few months, I was back to racing, and it felt so good.
Here are some of my top posts on injuries:
If you’re injured, I wish you a speedy recovery! Truthfully, injuries eventually happen to MOST people who run major mileage because it’s pretty hard on the body. Injuries can also happen to anyone who works out – on a bike, swimming, at the gym! It happens. It’s not the end of the world, but it is very emotionally challenging when you’re used to performing at high levels and suddenly, you are resting.
This summer, I struggled to run 2.0 miles after years of comfortably running 15K and Half Marathon distances. I thought I might never race again. And now I’m training for a Marathon! Just like I came back, YOU WILL bounce back, too!