Runners, We Get Injured

Runners, we get injured.

  • Too fast, too long, too soon
  • Poor nutrition
  • Not enough down time
  • Old shoes
  • Weak core
  • Age
  • 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.

Runners, we get injured, but we also learn to:

  • 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

1 reply

  1. Your IT issue reminded me of last year’s marathon season. I ran Chicago and immediately upon finishing, developed some intense pain in my left IT band, which was very disconcerting because I was running NYC in 4 weeks.

    It didn’t really go away. I did what you did: ran too soon after the injury, too far to let it heal. I ran only about 20-30% of my intended training leading up to NYC. Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. The morning of the race, I felt great and my knee didn’t bother me at all. Hasn’t bugged me since either. Must’ve been a freak injury.

    Anyway, I consider myself lucky. I’ve had my share of injuries and I know how good it feels to go two months without a single problem. But they happen, and all the discipline that comes with being a long-distance runner helps us out in keeping a level head and getting over it.


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