Reminding Myself

Dear Katie,
This is a reminder to not give up. No matter what the physical therapist says tonight about the constant ache in your hip and knee, do not give up. You might have to work even harder to keep your muscles strong and to catch up with the running days you’ve missed. Do it. Make time for it. It will be worth it, even if it’s uncomfortable and difficult. If the doctor says you are still fine to race, give it your all. Your first running experience can still be a great one.

It might sideline you and you will be devastated. Your heartbreak after all your hard work will make you want to lose momentum. Don’t let it. Ok, well maybe allow yourself a night to pout with a bottle of wine and maybe some cheesecake. But after that, no pity parties.

You love running, even when it’s hard. You love the little victories and the confidence it has given you. You love that you feel better about your body because you’re seeing how much you’re capable of. You love strutting down the street after an especially successful run. You want to continue to form this habit and you want to be a great role model for your family. If you quit when you’re feeling down, you will be throwing that all away. Don’t let it get you down. Unless your legs literally have to be amputated, you can recover and you can get back out there one day. And umm actually, EVEN if they ever have to be amputated, you can STILL run so really, there are NO excuses. The harder you work at it, the sooner you can be back.

Even Olympian Kara Goucher has had awful injuries and now she’s on her way to the London Olympics.

You might need a few extra rest days but just because you’re joining people on the couch in front of the TV, don’t get too comfortable with that. Don’t forget that you don’t want to spend the rest of your life that way.

Read this when you want to give up. Just because you have a set back, always start again. You love running and it will change your life for the better.

You are worth it.

Love,
Yourself

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2 Responses to Reminding Myself

  1. Kelly says:

    Great post 🙂 Keep up the hard work!! You will be SO thankful once you've hit your goal.

  2. Amanda says:

    You can do it! I hope they don't give you bad news but even if they do, you have a good attitude about it ahead of time, so that will help. Hip and knee injuries are fairly common in runners so hopefully it's nothing that can't be fixed over time and they'll give you some good advice on how to keep it from happening again. Here are some things I know of that may help:It might sound silly, but one thing that can contribute to injury is the wrong shoe/improper fit. When you buy a pair of running shoes, do it at the end of a day hopefully after you've done a lot of walking. That's when your feet will be the most swollen so you want to accommodate that. Make sure shoes aren't too snug. Especially for running shoes, you don't want to "break them in" you want them to fit when you buy them. I know you know stretching prevents injury. If you're doing it right before the workout though, consider jogging for a few minutes and then doing your stretch as you can get a deeper stretch which will be more helpful. If your hip is giving you problems hip flexor stretches before and after your workout would probably be beneficial. Here are some: http://www.livestrong.com/article/352832-hip-flexor-stretches-for-runners/Cross training is something that can both help prevent injury and help you if you have to take some time off running.If you do other kinds of cardio it will be helpful to your running endurance. If you do cross training that works muscles you don't really get worked while running that can help avoid injury because it will balance the strength in your muscles. I've seen 2-3 days a week as recommended crosstraining for runners and some activities I've seen recommended are rowing (It's low impact and strengthens the hips, glutes, and upper body), yoga (improves flexibility and strength) and swimming (is low impact and will improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and work your upper body while giving your legs more of a break). Ask your physical therapist, but I think most of these you could probably do even if you have to take a break from running for your injuries, and they should all help build up your strength to help prevent future injuries.

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