Friday, March 1, 2013. That was the last day that I enjoyed a good, hard long run. That’s a photo of me at the top of the trail. It was a quick out and back run with my running coach. But towards the end of our run with less than half a mile to go coming down a steep incline, something just pinched on my mid-back. It was sharp enough that it caused me to stop.
“Wow, that sucks…” I though to myself. My coach asked what happened and I said, “nothing, I think I’m ok, let’s keep going.”
I haven’t been running since. At least, nothing greater than 2 miles. And it sucks.
I’ve lost 50 pounds since I started seriously running in October of last year. But you know, it’s not so much the weight that I’m concerned about. Right now, as I continue to take time off due to injury, what I really miss is that part of my daily routine that took me out to the trails for 1-2 hours a day. Yes, I’ve tried hiking. But it’s just not the same. At least, not when you know you can run those 3-6 miles that you’re walking.
I’m not sure how much more time I’ll have to take off. But I know that I’m going to have to change of a few things instead of sitting here moping around. I don’t want to lose my aerobic capacity and endurance, but I can’t hit the trails for a run. So I’ll have to hit the pool, hike or maybe even try the stationary bike at the gym. All of which sound boring mind you.
With each passing day that goes by, I hope to get better. Some days are good, others, not so much.
I was hoping to run the Chicago Rock-n-Roll half marathon in July. And I qualified for the Dirt Devil Racing Dirty Invitational in September (it’s a trail marathon). But you know, even if I can’t run to compete, I just want to get better so I can enjoy the trails even if it’s a slow run.
How about you… How have you dealt with injury?