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.
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.
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.
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.
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.