10 Things Never Said by an Injured Runner

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Injury update: Still injured. Still not running.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Are you sick of me talking about injuries yet? Well, I am. Actually I was sick of it the moment it happened, but this is the situation I’m in.

Right now it feels like I never was a runner. I’m not even sure my legs remember how to turnover.  My foot is feeling better, but it still isn’t 100%. It’s just something that I’ve been dealing with. I’m not even sure what normal is anymore. But I’m trying (again) to be hopeful that this new additional diagnosis and treatment plan will be THE marvelous miracle that gets me back on the road.

It was quite funny yesterday while I was out on my bike, I passed a few runners. I did the “Good morning!” thing but I wanted to scream, “I’m one of you too!!! I really am a cool runner. I’m just doing this because I’m injured!”

That wouldn’t have been too weird or anything, right?

Earlier this summer, Christine posted a list of things of why she was glad she wasn’t running. Of course, she really wants to be running, but it was more of a reverse psychology thing to make herself feel better about being injured and having this forced break.

She made some valid points, but I would gladly take the most suckiest running conditions EVER just to be able to run right now.

So here are 10 things that you will never hear this injured runner say.

1. I’m so glad I can’t run.

2. I’m happy I’m missing my sunrise runs. You’ve seen one sunrise, you’ve seen ’em all!

3. Being injured means I have more free time to work on cross word puzzles and watch paint dry.

4. I’d love to hear about your long run this weekend!

5. Spending money on physical therapy and orthopedic co-pays is way better than new running gear or race entry fees.

6. I love pool running!

7. Cross training is so much better than running.

8. I love that my mind and stomach still think I’m running long distance. I needed to gain some weight.

9. I don’t miss my running friends at all. We barely talked while we ran anyway.

10. I guess everyone was right. Running is bad for me!

What would make your NEVER said list?

27 comments on “10 Things Never Said by an Injured Runner

  1. I’m right there with you Angela. I laughed through your list only because it’s been so long since I’ve regularly run that I’m almost…. almost over it, except that I’m having a hard time all over again these past few days. Oh! I love pool running, yep, love the pool running!
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  2. OMG #6! I’m laughing but I know you’re not. The only time I can compare this to was when I was pregnant with the boys and couldn’t run after month 3. I sat on my front steps and cried my eyes out. It was hard, it sucked and I had a lot of the same feelings…except of course I knew I would run again and I had two babies to occupy my time. BUT, maybe when you return to running you will be like a re-built machine. I had 2 years of PRs after my little break being pregnant. I guess I’m trying to give you some light at the end of this tunnel. I wish there was more I could do!!!
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  3. Yep, those are so true, and it hurts my heart to read the pain in your words. But my friend, you ARE a runner. The MOST important part is that it is still there in your mind, in your thoughts, and you WILL get back there. One of Steves athletes was in a really severe car accident this weekend, and we are not sure she will run again (broken pelvis 3 places), but she is focusing on that as her way to get through this, being determined to run again. You WILL get back there, and like I said, you have the mental part, and dont we always hear that the part between your ears is THE most important. Stay tough my friend, I know it doesn’t seem that way, but somehow, someway you will be glad this happened. Here if you need me xxxxxxxxx
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  4. Oh my god yes! Especially 3, 4. I feel the same about not feeling like a runner during an injury, but you still are! Injuries happen but they don’t change what’s in our hearts and minds. I hope you are able to get back on your feet soon!

  5. I just started running last week after 8 MONTHS off being off. I really feel your pain and I am wishing you a super speedy recovery. Okay, you are going to think I am crazy, but I have actually kinda grown to like pool running! I know, I know… But I think because I had to do it for so long, it kinda grew on me. Of course it doesn’t take the place of running by a long shot. But it is peaceful and I would think about all the runs I get to enjoy when I am back to running. I would do intervals and run as hard as I could and think about running and how great it’s going to feel. Anyway, hang in there!! Rooting for you and I totally get it.
    Loved your list!!!

  6. OK, all those things that I said in that post? I TAKE IT BACK!! I hate not running and would give anything for a sucktastic run right now. Le sigh. Hope that the new treatment plan is going well and so happy to hear that surgery is off the table. xo
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    1. A sucktastic run would be fantastic right now BUT only if it’s because of the weather or something else. NOT because of stupid injuries!

  7. This list made me smile because my father is a runner and he recently bruised his ribs. While this might not affect someone young very much, it has really taken a toll on his running. He actually has to wait another week before he can hit the pavement again. I’ve definitely made the comment to him about running being bad for him, but that didn’t go over so well!

  8. I definitely wouldn’t call myself a runner, but I do love to hike and be outdoors a lot. I can tell that there is a lot of heart that goes into a hobby like that and people just can’t wait to get back out there to continue doing what they love. It’s unfortunate when an injury gets in they way, but usually there are things like orthopedics and other options to help the healing process go more smoothly.

  9. It’s a terrible feeling to not be able to run because of an injury. It usually makes me want to run even more. Hopefully you will start feeling normal again soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I laughed a lot when reading 10 things you shared . I feel bad because I can’t run for some running injuries . I am trying to get through these iinjuries and get back running track soon.

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