Running injuries come with the territory. When trying to reach your potential, you walk the line of getting injured. Almost every runner is going to deal with a running injury at some point in their life. I’ve heard of stats that say close to 80% of runners get injured at least once per year. Unfortunately, I’m pretty prone to getting running injuries. Piriformis syndrome, shin splints, patellofemoral pain syndrome, compartment syndrome, peroneal tendonitis. You name it, and I’ve probably dealt with it.
Since I’ve started training for longer distance races, the frequency of my injuries has decreased quite a bit. Funny how that works, right? My guess is that it’s a combination of less frequent racing, not wearing my spikes anymore, and running longer distance speed workouts. The short speed sessions make my calves flare up.
However, my latest complaints are an adductor and knee issue. Neither one has greatly affected my training, but just enough to make me pissed off.
My Thought Process as soon as I have to miss a workout
Oh my god, I’m soooo out of shape. I think I just spontaneously gained 10 pounds. I’m going to mess up my whole training schedule. What if I can’t run the race? Geez, I’m soooo out of shape. Quick, text my friend and complain to her (sorry, Dana).
This is when I have to tell myself, “Laurel, SHUT UP!” In case you couldn’t tell, I’m very Type A, so making myself stay calm is kind of difficult. Logically, missing one workout is not that big of a deal, but making myself BELIEVE it is a whole other story.
Luckily, my family and I have been vacationing this week, which has provided a nice distraction for me. I finally finished with my physics class last week and don’t head back to school until Sunday. Although I’ve been hanging in the Boston area this summer, there are so many things to explore and I still feel like I haven’t seen half of it! Here are a few pics of our adventures this week:
Have you gone on any cool vacations lately? Dealt with any stupid running injuries? What is your thought process like when you get injured?