Runners, we get injured.
- Too fast, too long, too soon
- Poor nutrition
- Not enough down time
- Old shoes
- Weak core
- Bad luck…
I was scheduled to run the Chicago Marathon with my husband one year and had to sit it out because of an IT Band that refused to heal. In all honesty, it refused to heal because I refused to stop running long enough and early enough into the injury to let it heal. We made the trip to Chicago, (after all I could still shop) went to McCormick Place, picked up my race packet, got my honorary T-shirt and then made the pitiful march back to the chip check volunteer. “I’m injured and won’t be running I responded as tears welled in my eyes.” “Oh” she responded hoping I wouldn’t break down in front of her. I didn’t and she was obviously relieved.
It’s not the first time I was side lined. For many, the breaking point comes around mile 16 where the climb up the mountain becomes successful or the body rebels in some way. Another year I was diagnosed with high blood pressure after running 3, 20 milers, just 1 long run away from training completion. Funny, I knew my headache was more than just a little dehydration or low blood sugar that wouldn’t go away.
- Respect the 10% rule (no increase in daily or weekly total mileage >10%)
- Nourish our bodies our runs and our recovery
- Embrace the beauty of the “off” day
- $ new shoes every 300-500 miles
- Cross train
- Grow younger with exercise (OK I made that one up)
- Keep the faith
I have a fast runner friend (I have slow and moderate runner friends too) who says there is only one perfect marathon, where the stars all come together in perfect alignment. I have faith that this is my time and I hope it’s yours too!
Categories: Sports Nutrition