I’ve openly said (many times) that I”m running the NYC Marathon this year. And then last week, I mentioned I “officially” started training. For most people, this is normal. For me, statements like these awaken the injury Gods, who then seem to hone in on my every move until BAM. CUE token marathon training injury.
Previously it’s always been overuse injuries (plantar fascitis, tendonitis, left IT band, right IT band…), so this time “they” decided to mix it up. So while I was running along on the bridle path this morning, I all of a sudden felt the ground come up to meet me as I severely rolled my ankle. Surprise!
The problem is that I’ve sprained said ankle many times before in my gymnastics days, and when it goes, it goes. A kind, fellow runner who witnessed my accident helped me up and made sure I was ok. I managed to hobble home before it started pouring, so I guess there’s one plus. Almost four years running on the path without falling at all. Seriously, W.T.F.?
It has felt progressively worse since I returned home, swollen quite nicely, and walking has become more than a little challenging. Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh (big Snookie whine).
In the past, stuff like this has really gotten me down – not being able to run drives me bananas and can make me quite cranky (not to mention just downright depressed). Not being able to continue marathon training makes it even worse.
But as I’ve alluded to before, recent happenings in life has really helped me put stuff like this in perspective. So, although I still think this injury and pain really effing suck right now, I’m staying positive and remembering that everything does happen for a reason.
Today the plan is to rest and work from home, ice, elevate and hopefully I can get in to my sports doc for a quick x-ray, an air cast and his blessing to run again soon (fingers crossed).
Happy (injury-free) running, all!
Question: How do you deal with injuries during training?