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All the Injuries

My blog and I have always been associated with injuries.  Though I’ve only been running about 3 and a half years I’ve already run the full spectrum of injuries.  Sadly though most of those injuries are not running related and mostly freak accident related.  I decide to compile all the injuries I’ve had since beginning running and how they occurred.  I don’t really consider a week long issue an injury, though the only week long issue dealt with my knees.  Anyways someone asked about my life and injuries from a stress fracture to 2 broken arms. 

July 2011 would be considered my running injury.  After about 1 month of forcing my body to run an hour a day when I wasn’t ready and at a pace I wasn’t ready for, I got a tibial stress fracture on my 21st birthday.  This injury was devastating for me at the time.  I had less then a year of full training under my belt.   Though it was a devastating injury, it was an injury I needed to learn and grow as a runner.

 

 

MMM. Injury (this was before they discovered a SF and thought it was tendinitis).  I limped my way to Happy 21.  (not at the bar but out with my parents)

MMM. Injury (this was before they discovered a SF and thought it was tendinitis). I limped my way to Happy 21. (not at the bar but out with my parents)

Still enjoying my 21st (also point of note I did not mix meds and alc,)  I could write a post on how much I hate medicine...another day.

Still enjoying my 21st (also point of note I did not mix meds and alc,) I could write a post on how much I hate medicine…another day.

January 2012 I slipped on ice, fell and broke my arm.  It’s as simple as that.  I don’t have an excuse or exciting story as I was wearing UGG boots and they have no traction.  In that same week my car slid on black ice and hit a police car.  It was not a good week for me, my wallet or my love for winter. Except for that it was a pretty minor break and I may have gone to the bar the same night.  Also during January I was feeling some knee twinges but after taking 4 weeks off of running for my broken arm, the twinges never came back.

At least this is like 97/100 percent better :P

A broken humerus is not humerous… 

The only day I wore the sling...that day...

The only day I wore the sling…that day…

 

September 2012 I developed a cyst in the arch of my foot.  They still don’t know exactly what it was from and it could have developed anywhere in my body.  I am extremely lucky it didn’t develop in my brain or somewhere very serious.  However, I am still very bitter that it ruined my cross country season.  I was able to run on it until it got to be so big it ripped the muscle off my bone.  After a couple of months of waiting it out, they gave me cortisone shot which made the cyst slowly disappear.  If only I had cried my way to cortisone shot the same day they saw it develop…should have, would have, could have. Though this was not running related it was a rather painful stab at my running career.

September 27, 2012 when I realized the cyst in my foot had caused the muscle to rip off my bone.

September 27, 2012 when I realized the cyst in my foot had caused the muscle to rip off my bone.

August 2013 I was hit by a cyclist and knocked to the ground, fracturing my elbow.  I was devastated but after a week (and trip to an orthopedist (realized it was the most nonserious elbow fracture I could have had.  I was able to run (awkwardly) less then a week after it.

Was this really 2 months ago?  Soft cast removed.  Christmas!

Was this really 2 months ago? Soft cast removed. Christmas!

A few weeks ago I was having a twinge in my knee but after a deep tissue massage and a few days of rest it went away.  So instead of letting it become an injury, it was just an issue.

So there you have it.

Questions for you: 

Are you injury prone?

Do you like snow? By that I mean do you like old crusty snow that was nice and fluffy until it got to be -30 and it froze over?

With my records of slipping and falling on snow and ice throughout college (that was no means the first time it happened) I am surprised I haven’t broken my arm more than that.

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19 responses

  1. Seriously, though, you have the most freak accident things ever. Only you haha. But look how awesome you’ve become from all of the setbacks!

  2. I started running again 3 years ago (after not running for 15), and jumped into the minimalist craze… I have pulled both calf muscles, shin splints so bad they thought it was a stress fracture and have dealt with plantar fasciitis for a year!
    Something about us runners jumping in and wanting to do it all right now!

    As for the snow.. No. I left upstate NY for Maryland to try and avoid it!

  3. Cringing at your cyst! Ouch!
    I’m not the most graceful person ever (despite the 10 years of ballet). I’m definitely prone to falling a lot. Thankfully, usually the most hurt I get is a bruise to the ego.

  4. Even though I knew about all of these, still interesting to read it laid out like this. Good thing I don’t do a post like this- it would be 8 miles long from being a clutz.

    Like you said- sometimes injuries have to happen to teach you something and help you grow into a smarter and better runner.

  5. Ahahah ohhh do I have stories. My original injury (ripped my knee open) was a klutzy fault. Then ongoing I’m extremely prone to knee injuries/instability issues due to this (ITBS is the biggie)!

  6. Injuries are definitely not fun. I think we always feel invincible as runners. I ran on a stress fracture my senior year in college because I had goals and there was no way I would let it get in the way. I ran on it, achieved my goals, decided to run a road race after college and not take anytime, and found myself not being able to walk. It put me in a boot for 2 months because I let it get so bad; however, I can look back and say I made it to the Eastern Coast Championships and placed!

    • Wow I can’t even imagine running on a stress fracture. Before I got mine, I felt invincible…like nothing would ever stop me and I could run as I pleased. I truly needed to be broken down before I could get better.

  7. We all know I’m an injury prone fool. And I slipped on ice right outside my front door in college and landed straight on my tailbone. Hurt like a MOTHER. I’m lucky I didn’t break my ass bone.

  8. I am so injury prone it’s kind of ridiculous. This morning for example I managed to pull a muscle in my back doing shoulder shrugs…something I do 2x a week. All it takes is one lift with improper form.

    I hate hate hate snow. The thought that flurries will be flying and 22 inches will fall over night again makes me cringe. My only saving grace is that this is *cross my fingers & toes* my last winter in wisconsin.

  9. Well, ‘old crusty snow that was nice and fluffy until it got to be -30 and it froze over’ is the only kind we seem to get in my part of the world. It’s possible to run on it in YakTrax for precisely one day before it gets churned up by so many people walking in it, then freezes over solid in huge ruts. I never understand how people in much colder parts of the world don’t have to resort to the treadmill, but I guess it’s because the snow there forms a flat layer, and doesn’t have a lot of people walking their badly-behaved dogs all over it. So no, I do not like snow. I would be very happy if I never saw another snowflake again in my life – it ruins my ability to run for at least four months of the year, and I’m more injury prone in winter than any other time of year because treadmill running is so bad for my body.

    Injuries? Oh, I’ve had just a few (!) Bursitis in my hip, shin splints, ITBS (ironically this had me out of commission for longer than all of my stress fractures combined), two stress fractures in my left pubic ramus, one on the right hand side in the same area, PF…and my ever-present dead-leg which, while not technically an injury, ruins at least 90% of my races. So I guess you could say I wasn’t exactly born to run…

    xxx

  10. I’ve been running on and off for years, but consistently the last year and have dealt with shin splints and (what we think is) tendinitis. My PT isn’t convinced that my current tendinitis isn’t actually a stress fracture but it’s so frustrating! I’m so over being injured, what can’t my body just cooperate???

  11. I dealt with my fair share of basketball injuries back in the day (sprained ankles, ACL and meniscus tear/surgery, etc.), but *knock on wood* I haven’t sustained anything bad from triathlon. I mean, I did crash this year and ended up with some road rash, but nothing that kept me from training.

  12. Eight years of rugby (now with three years of running/triathlon at the tail end) and I’ve only broken one bone in my hand (twice!). I’d say I’ve gotten off easy so far.

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