It was after I was married, and dealing with a first deployment, that I became more serious about running. It makes perfect sense that when your world is turned upside-down, you tackle something that allows you some control. Running can be a great reprieve, a place where you set the pace and the distance. This is what it has been for me ever since.
After another knee pain occurrence, I learned about the importance of proper shoes, got fitted, and amazingly all knee pain went away! I was free and clear of any injuries for the next 7 years. During this injury free time I fell in love with running, became fully stocked in Stroller Warrior gear, and found the perfect running mates. Last summer, a few of us decided to tackle some new challenges…trails and longer distances.
My Google searches led me to purchase a float belt and go to my neighborhood pool, and proceed to emulate an 80 year old woman doing water aerobics…alone. I immediately decided that I hate pool jogging. How in the world would I complete a long run like this? In order to pool jog, one is literally attempting to jog in the pool maintaining proper form, but you go NOWHERE. There is no juicy television show to watch, like treadmill running. Children surround you; every splash screams “hey, old broken lady, look what I can do!” Aside from the pool prison, my running mates and Stroller Warriors were out running! I felt like I was missing out.
1. Ease into anything new; give your body time to acclimate.
2. Listen to your body.
3. Listen to your doctor! It’s never worth permanent damage (I would actually like to be able to do water aerobics when I am 80).
4. Find others ways to stay involved; SW embraces the community. If you’re out for injury (or other reason) stay connected. It will keep your motivation high for a strong return, and you’ll have a great support system along the way.
5. An injury is not the end of the world if you follow steps 1-4.
Share with us tips you have used to cope with and overcome running injuries.