25 Things I’ve Learned About Injuries…The Hard Way

by Heather

1. Even if you’re the most carefulest person in the entire world, it can still happen to you.

2. You are not invincible.

3. Even if you have friends with superhuman running powers that do all the things you’re not “supposed” to, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen to you.

4. Doctors don’t know everything.

5. What’s best for person x may not be best for you.

6. It doesn’t matter what any doctor says- only you know if you’re getting better and when it’s time to get back into action.

7. Rest is evil.

8. Rest is oh-so-necessary.

9. You will not spontaneously combust if you do not exercise for a week. Or a month. Or FIVE.

10. Not all doctors are created equal.

11. When all else fails, keep finding something else to try.

12. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

13. Just because it hurts in your knee, doesn’t mean the injury’s not in your hip. Likewise, just because it hurts on the left doesn’t mean the problem’s not on the right. More on that later…

14. Unless you fell, trip, ran into something, twisted spastically, or did something else completely bizarre, it’s a running mechanics issue.

15. Having a mechanical issue doesn’t mean you failed as a runner.

16. You can get an overuse injury running less than 5 miles a week.

17. You can get an overuse injury running 100 miles a week..although I wouldn’t know about that.

18. If you don’t fix it, it’ll always come back to haunt you.

19. Doctor’s do not know everything.

20. You don’t need a medical degree to know whether a doctor’s treating your injury right. Don’t shush your instincts.

21. Ice is cold. Very very cold. It can be is your best friend.

22. There are other activities in the world besides running.

23. Other activities besides running still hurt.

24. Surgery doesn’t have to be the answer.

25. You’ll run again one day. If you want to. If you rest. If you make good judgments. If you have the patience of saint…or somebody to take your frustrations out on. Or a blog to complain about it on. Winking smile

Got anything to add to the list?

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 2, 2010 at 8:45 am
I'd like to second each and every one of these! I'd do a non-injured athlete well to take notes! Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman Just blogged...Excuse Me While My Brain Explodes
TheHealthyapron November 2, 2010 at 8:58 am
Excellent post! Each point is so relevant but REST is my favorite point! That has been my problem for years but it is OH SO crucial!
Bridget@PavementandPlants November 2, 2010 at 9:34 am
Trust your gut! I knew I had a stress fracture 2 weeks before I finally visited the doctor. Also, cross training can be your (second) best friend. I joined aqua aerobics when I couldn't run and it has become part of my regular routine now!
Nichole November 2, 2010 at 10:20 am
22. There are other activities in the world besides running. - I love this one! I think your list is solid. I know injuries have shown me that patience is truly a virtue. Nichole Just blogged...Slow Down & Start 25 Days of the Little Things
Book Worm Runs November 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
Sorry you had to learn the hard way :o( But at least you did learn...good luck and hang inm there!! Book Worm Runs Just blogged...Starting Strong!
Emily November 2, 2010 at 11:13 am
This is a really fantastic list. As a currently injured runner it resonates about 25 times with me. I think your point about discovering new things is one of the best things that can come from an injury. Getting a stress fracture after my first marathon led me to find pilates and triathlon. Now, on injury #2 I'm discovering how awesome strength training is and loving it. Emily Just blogged...I Said Brrr It’s Cold in Here
Cynthia November 2, 2010 at 11:29 am
I think it is so important to listen to your body. When you feel pain, stop. Rest, ice, see a doctor if you need to. But if you don't take care of it early, it WILL get worse.
LaVonne November 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm
ACK! So true! I fell in a non-running injury (eating dinner outside while holding a dog), and had pain two days later while biking and running. I saw my PT TWICE! and he said it was fine and I could keep going. I should have trusted my instincts and taken two weeks off immediately. But for two months I kept up my activities despite pain. And now here I am, 5 months after the fall, with damaged cartilage under the kneecap that is probably going to have to be shaved off so it can heal. So instead of the two weeks off initially, I've been resting for 3 months, and looking at an even longer recovery before I can get better. So learn from my mistake! Although we all know this and still continue to do stupid stuff!!!
Kristina @ spabettie November 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm
#13... good lord DO I KNOW THIS !! I recall being in my chiro's office, when I first learned of the "point of origin" as doc showed me that what I thought was a WRIST injury was actually right up here in my shoulder (I'm pointing!) :D crazy stuff!
Kaitlin With Honey November 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Thank you for this post. :)
Lisa November 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm
Thanks, I really needed this post today! Lisa Just blogged...Zombies Invade Portland!
Eden November 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Awesome post! I had osteoporosis from over training and I did an exercise detox for three months. Nothing happened and it was good i did it because it proved to me nothing will happen if i take a long rest. Eden Just blogged...Halloween Leftover Banana Pops- Kiddie Yoga- and “Weird” Things I Do
Bekah @ runtrackmind.com November 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Love it! I especialy like # 15 & #18. Not sure what I could add, this list covers it all! Bekah @ runtrackmind.com Just blogged...Pumpkins Everywhere
Alyssa November 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm
Sometimes eating what you want will give you amazing energy to run further than you have before the next day!! I am always surprised by my energy levels after a meal that is a little higher in fat than I expected. I guess my tip is, don't be so hard on yourself! :-)
Cynthia Crowsen November 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm
I just printed this post! I need to be reminded of this. One thing to add. Fun can keep you fit. Enjoy life!
Vernessa Taylor November 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm
I'm not a runner but I like #21 because I learned it from a runner. Back when JACKIE Jackie Joyner Kersee was at the height of her running/jumping career, I read her autobiography and learned that ice was a much reached-for friend. My kids tease me every time I go for the ice pack! Thanks for this humorous list. :) Vernessa Taylor Just blogged...Quick Fix- Special Text Boxes Plugin Stopped Working
Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm
You've already said rest, but REST REST REST! When someone says rest, you actually need to rest. Not bike instead. Not only go for a 3 mile run instead of a 10 mile run. REST Madeline - Greens and Jeans Just blogged...amazing
Natalia - a side of simple November 3, 2010 at 10:54 am
Haha, I love number 9!! Natalia - a side of simple Just blogged...bingo and a brown paper box package

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