Since I’ve been injured, it’s a good time to reflect on injuries and talk about things that have helped me personally through this particular injury. It’s much easier to talk about injuries when you are actually injured versus reflecting upon it when you are completely healthy.
I’m not a doctor, expert or coach, but I do have personal experience in being injured. (What great personal experience that is…). Thinking out loud, It’s important to remember, every injury heals at a different rate and every person recovers differently.
So in summary, what works or has happened to me, might not for you. But if you’re anything like me, you enjoy reading about other people and what has worked (or not) for them.
So here is a timeline of my injury:
Early to Mid May:
I began to feel burnt out with running. I wasn’t injured, and I ran several races including Broad Street, the Newport 10k, and the Track Mile. Both Broad Street and the Newport 10k went well and I ran Personal Bests, but I felt eh after the mile. I didn’t feel good, but I didn’t feel bad. I didn’t feel injured either (which is important). I began to read signs that I felt burnt out and decided to take some time off.
In late May I got a bad case of food poisoning. It forced me to take five days off no questions asked. When I went out for a short run on day six something in my ankle felt off and weird. It wasn’t sharp, but it was a dull ache. I thought I had rolled my ankle, but I just decided to rest and take a 2-week break.
During that period my foot progressed and felt worse. Finally, I decided to go to the doctor and get an MRI. Since I have a special form of insurance, I was able to book someone in network (Who I wanted to see) without primary care approval.
Early June: MRI and Diagnosis
My MRI concluded I had fractured my ankle. I was ordered into a boot for a week. I was allowed to spin and swim but nothing weight bearing. So for a week, I did just that. I was still burnt out from running, so the rest didn’t bother me.
Mid June hit me pretty hard. There was a half marathon I wanted to do, The Odyssey half, that I had to skip. I wasn’t in pain, but I knew it would be idiotic to run knowing I had a broken bone. I could have probably run through it but who knows what sort of bones I might have shattered…running on a broken bone is dumb. Plus I probably wouldn’t limp but I wouldn’t feel great either. I spent most of June in a funk. I didn’t feel good and I mentally struggled with not being able to run.
I was ordered for four weeks of rest and by the time I knew it, the end of June was here, and I was allowed to attempt a run. (Run being .25 miles). I ran, and it felt like a typical first run back: awkward and awful. I didn’t expect a magical run but I had hoped to feel a little bit better.
I spent July slowly building my base. Slowly being key. I ran every other day and only ran a few miles at the most. By the end of July, I worked up to my first race back: The Run for the Hill of It. Luckily it was scorching that day and took all of the pressure off of me. I didn’t feel in shape racing but I was injury free.
August was both the best and worst month for me. How? I logged a lot of miles, and I felt as if I *finally* got over my injury.
So how could it be bad?
I raced frequently enough that I wanted more, and wanted to be where I was previously. Before my injury, I was running 2 minutes faster in 5ks. My half marathon pace was faster than the 5k pace I was struggling to keep. Running a 20 minute 5k just felt like I was starting over.
Here I am just over 100 days since my initial injury. I feel like I’m recovered. I hate declaring that because you never know what could happen but I do feel as if my injury is in the past. Am I in shape? No, but I am injury free which is the first important step.
100 days ago and I was injured but who knows where I’ll be in 100 days?
100 days isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things. I know my fitness will come back.
Questions for you:
What was your last injury?
Where do you see yourself in 100 days? (December time frame)