The title runner comes with a bit of clout. It takes a strong person to admit it but I’m a running geek.
The Cool Gear,
Race bibs for decoration,
A mountain of race T-shirts…
that hopefully will become a quilt,
and the all important *bling*.
But what happens when runners get injured? It’s a mind-numbing dramatic shift. All the thoughts of big races and new PR’s go out the window and plans for rehab and cross-training fly in.
In April I PR’d at my 10K…granted it was my first 10K but it counts.
Then I spent the next six months here…
I learned some fancy new words like calf sleeve and gastrocnemic tear. Physical Therapy and time off were a pain in my…calf…but I worked hard. Just when I thought my running dreams were fading into the distance…I’m Back Baby!
Thanksgiving I ran my local Turkey Trot. I may have walked more than I ran but… I RAN! I made it to the starting line and the finish. I may never run my dream race – bye bye London Marathon – or PR at a half marathon….but I’m a runner again. A slow, recovering runner but a RUNNER!
I will continue to enjoy the high of my feet hitting the ground and the wind in my face. The peace that comes with just putting one foot in front of the other is one I’ll never take for granted. Running is full of patience to deal with injuries and joy to move.
How do you deal with running injuries?