Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Training Tuesday- Running Through Injury

Happy World Health Day!

I figured there's no better day to get real about my health.

It's no secret I haven't been running lately. I always post my workouts to Instagram and, lately, my feed is full of London, new house and plank photos.

After the PHOENIX Half Marathon, in February, I noticed I had a huge blister on my foot. My new socks (never wear new gear during a race, right?!) had rubbed the inside of my big toe and it hurt! With the blister came some pain in the middle of my foot and a long, straight, bruise on my shin. 

I thought that the pain, and bruising, was just a result of the blister and racing hard but, deep-down, I knew it was something else. The pain would only be around in the morning and then would basically disappear. 

At the time, I was streaking so I lowered my mileage and started stretching and icing more. In the past, this is how I deal with injuries. It's usually worked. 

Then, one day, I read a POST by NYC Sweat about why we, as runners, run through injury and why was that the "cool thing to do?" I couldn't stop thinking about it. Last March, I got hurt after NYC and had to take 5 weeks off. I worked hard to get back to where I was and eventually got there.

I knew time off wouldn't be the end of the world. So, I ended my run streak and promised myself (and a few others) I wouldn't run until I felt zero pain. 

I'm happy to report that Easter Sunday was that day.

I still haven't ran yet. With moving, unpacking, setting up the house and some work commitements I have been keeping myself busy. Today, I start a new 12 week group fitness class (targeting butts, legs and core) so I'm looking forward to supplementing my running with that. 

I am excited to return to running though! I'll be back at Marathon Club Wednesday! 

My next big race is CALGARY at the end of May and I still have my heart set on a PR! I can't wait to start training again...

Do you take time off when you're injured? 
What's the longest running break you've taken?
Anyone injured right now? How much longer do you have? 

1 comment:

  1. Good for you for taking the break your body needs. I don't know why runners run through injury- I guess bc we usually have a race to train for?

    Your fitness class sounds like a good supplement to running.