It happens. Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, shin splints, etc. They are part of runner’s vocabularies and challenges to overcome.
A few of my SRC running mates have been plagued with injuries. Not that these injuries are unusual as most runners experience them at one or another. But when the injuries get so severe and prevent one from running, that is serious.
When you can’t run, you are out of commission as a runner. We all know that injury is a kiss of death. It is unfortunate when you can only watch others run. Like reading a postcard that says wishing you were there.
But the situation is most regretful when injury happens before a race. All the training down the drain. Countless hours, miles, sweats wasted. Whatever personal goals unmet. Disappointing to say the least. I feel for them.
Luckily, I am injury free. With just a little over a month to go before the Wineglass Marathon, I am particularly mindful of how vulnerable my body is at this stage. During training, the body is constantly being pushed, challenged, to the limits. It is common for the body to be worn down and the spirit out.
This brings me to the often overlooked point of a balanced training. It is part of any training to rest and recover, so our bodies are ready for the challenge next day. We need to care for our body, take the necessary precaution in injury prevention, and not torturing ourselves with added stresses.
In a sense running should not be a chore. If it is, stop running and take a break. It is much better to be healthy than to push over the limit and risk injury.
We run for our health. Today, I ran 6 miles easy – no strides.