I’m back! We had a great visit with my parents. We were busy, busy, busy every day. It was sad to see them leave but I’m exhausted and need another week to just rest. I’ll save a recap of all the fun we had for another day.
For the past 2 weeks I did not run at all. I gave my knee some time to rest. I’ve been cross training on my bike and doing yoga more. I’ve been following the “build up my knee” plan. On Sunday I went for a run. I also made a decision about the Smuttynose Marathon.
To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I’m sad, angry, frustrated. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend. It may sound silly but running is a huge part of my life. It not only makes me feel good physically but mentally as well. I definitely have noticed a difference in my outlook on things since the injury occurred. I came across an article from Runner’s World that actually touches on coping with an injury. It’s quite common for injured runner’s (or anyone who is active who can’t perform their favorite exercise) to go through the stage’s of grief just like you would if you lost loved one. I think I’ve gone through most of them already and am in the acceptance.
Stage 1: Denial
How many times have you felt a little something that felt “off” while running but kept going thinking it’s nothing? I think we’ve all been there. And we all know that we are actually making it worse.
Stage 2: Anger
Why me?? I’ve felt anger at my body for not doing what it’s supposed to. I’ve also felt anger at myself for not being as vigilant about strengthening my legs. Why did I skip out on leg workouts because I didn’t want to be sore for my long run? Grrrr….
Stage 3: Bargaining
If I ice, stretch and foam roll all the time, I’ll be better. Not so much.
Stage 4: Depression
I miss the running community. It pains me to read other blogs about marathon training. I’m trying to get my endorphin fix from cycling but it’s not the same.
Stage 5: Acceptance
While I haven’t seen any progress in my rehab, I have accepted that the Smuttynose Marathon is not going to happen. I’m hopeful that I can run a marathon this year but my number one priority is to be able to run longer than 3 miles without any pain.
Question for all of you: If you’ve had an injury before, how have you dealt with it? Did you grieve?
Alright, enough Debbie Downer talk! 🙂 I’m moving on!
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