Running Isn’t Everything

This week, my “on this day app” showed me nine years ago, I had my official diagnosis of a tibia stress fracture. I got the fracture several weeks earlier but had no idea, and it was misdiagnosed as tendinitis. I limped for several weeks until finally having an answer.

Running Isn't Everything

I was young (freshly 21) and it was my first real running injury.

What took so long? Stress fractures rarely show up on early x-Rays. I haven’t had a stress fracture that did show up within the first weeks of the break…I like to say “x-rays are the gateway to MRIs.”

I know exactly what caused my tibia to break. It was by running my runs to fast all of the time. I ran between 7-7:10 pace every day. You can read about my running history, so I’ll spare you all of those details.

In summary, at the time my PRS were much slower. I was always tired, and my training was dumb. It wasn’t sustainable. I was a new runner and didn’t know the importance of easy runs.

Most runners go through the phase of running in cheap shoes, running all their runs too fast, and then get injured.  Learn and realize you don’t need to run fast all of the time.

This post isn’t completely about breaking my tibia, though.

On that day, 9 years ago, I sat in the doctor’s office, crying my eyes out as they read the results. My dad was sitting there, rolling his eyes.

He looked me square in my 21-year-old face and said: “Hollie, it’s just running, get ahold of yourself.”

I’ve asked him if he remembers that, and he doesn’t. I’ll never forget that statement because at the end of the day it is…just running.

Races, events, and running will always be there.  We might not have “true racing” now, but races will come back and when they do, we will be safer.

With any hobby, it’s important to have other things to fall back on. That’s why we see so many professional and elite runners having “something else.”

Aliphine T makes beanies...

Des Linden brews coffee

They all have something, so if running isn’t going well or they are injured, they can do something else.

I’m not saying don’t care about running or don’t set big goals, but I am saying it’s important to have other things in your life. No hobby should take up 100%.

For me, some of my hobbies include going to diners, hiking, and private aviation. Not everything needs to be “productive,” either. We are allowed to do things that don’t make money but bring us enjoyment. I’ve never made any money from going to diners, but do I enjoy it? Yes.  When I first started going to diners, people said: why? Like a cliche, I said, why not? I saw more of NJ than I ever imagined by traveling around the state, meeting friends, and seeing 300+ diners.

So the point of this post is this: find a few hobbies that you enjoy. Whether that’s running, sewing, playing a musical instrument, going to diners, whatever brings you joy. That way, if you can’t do one thing, you’ll be able to have something else that brings you happiness.

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Questions for you:

What are some of your hobbies?

What has been your longest time away from running?