This fall, I will be participating in the Women’s Running Series Nashville half marathon through FitFluential. As part of that partnership, each month I will share a running related post. This post is sponsored by Women’s Running Series. Let’s #beamazing and run stronger!
Injury rocks! And I’m not even saying that sarcastically. After spending most of last year dealing with injury off and on, then finally getting smart in recovery the beginning of this year, I have now reached a happy point in my running and training. I want to keep it that way. Which is why looking back I can now say “Injury rocks!” because I can see all the ways it has benefitted me and made my training better now.
Injury rocks because you rediscover the challenge. Running had become “just a run” to me for awhile. Then, when taking a solid month off and starting over slowly with Couch To 5K, I quickly learned that running is still a challenge. It was HARD. Especially those hills…
I had been taking it for granted. Which brings me to…
Injury rocks because it makes you train smarter. Back then, when my runs were feeling “easy” all the time I tried to add too much on top of it to feel as though I was doing “enough”. Stupid. Now, I’m determined to have a good balance with a few runs per week, a couple strength sessions, a yoga session, and a cardio cross training session if I can fit it in. In short? YOU HAVE TO HAVE BALANCE IN YOUR ROUTINE.
Injury rocks because you open up to new things. When injured, I did lots of yoga. I also tried some new workout DVDs and brought back out old favorites I had previously forgotten about. I found that not only runs left me with the workout high I love. Makes it much easier going forward to keep that balanced routine, when you find there are many ways of training out there to enjoy. And for those runners who are self-proclaimed strength haters – I have to jump in and say Best Body Bootcamp might work for you. Lots of previous strength hating runners in there who now love the workouts and have benefitted with PRs, less injury reports, etc. Had to throw that out there.
Injury rocks because it makes you stronger mentally. Let’s face it. You need some mental strength to get through tough runs and the last push of races. Injury forced me to realize I’m stronger than I think. I picked up loads of positive mantras, Bible verses, etc. to repeat in my head when struggling. I still use them during workouts today!
Injury rocks because everything becomes new and exciting again. My first five mile run. Each new distance feels like a new PDR. My first double digit run. My first race.
It feels like the first time all over again. And that’s pretty sweet.
Injury rocks because you learn to listen to your body. The obvious one – you learn to listen. The body is very adept at giving us warning signals if it isn’t happy with what we’re doing. For at least two weeks before I was knocked out with sharp pain, I knew something was off. I kept on trucking, though. I had a marathon to train for, right?!
I sooooooo wish I had listened at the first sign and given myself a break, instead of spending the next 9 months frustrated and not loving running. I finally came around and played it smart. I don’t want to mess that up again. In fact, I’ve had to recently get smart and listen just recently.
I had signed up to train with Heather (the most awesome online running coach) again, but am having to “cry uncle”. My body just isn’t having following a training plan right now. I hate to admit it because it is such a release for me, but I have to if I don’t want to end up on the sidelines this year too.
I know I’m not getting near enough sleep and not eating well enough. I know I have stress hormones coursing through my body. I know I currently exert myself a lot with the physical work going into our house projects. So, I’m listening. I took a little visit to my sports chiropractor yesterday to nip some stiffness and aches in the bud. Then, I’m going to forget about a training plan and do what I can the next month or so until things hopefully calm down for us. I have to honor my body and listen. I know I wouldn’t do that if it weren’t for my previous injury experience, so injuries do, I guess, rock.
I have to do this now because I’m keeping in mind my goal for this fall – to run strong again.
136 days will go fast. Do you have race plans yet for this fall? If you’re still up in the air, I would love to have you join me in Nashville or check out one of the other Women’s Running Series races.
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Let’s train smart, run strong, stay injury free…and #beamazing! Happy training!
Have you ever been injured and later felt like it was a positive thing? What have you learned from injury before?