Training – Stumble, Fall, and Keep Going

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So here’s something I haven’t really talked about; injury. This past Tuesday I was out for a run. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, it was literally like the stars were aligned..well sorta. Weather was gorgeous, I was super well rested, warmed up, and literally subbing 8:30 min miles the whole time. Perfect.  Oh and every song on Pandora; my jam.

It was just the best day to run, ever. Mile six came along, and BAM..face to asphalt. I must have hit a hump on the road and just tripped over my feet. I  embarrassingly tried to over correct myself and save my fall, nope. I used my hands to break the fall, and attempted the whole roll to your side thing, and then I felt it…my left knee, my crap knee..comes right on to the street. UH!!! I skid a bit, tore up my shoulder a little, it was sad. I spewed out a little f-bomb, stood up, shook of the gravel, and attempted to “run it off”.

I got through one last mile run/limping before I gave into the horrible bubble I was feeling in my knee. I walked/dragged my leg the 2 miles back home which gave me plenty of time for worry and paranoia to set in. I made it home, whined to my husband who scolded me for not calling, ( I know, I know) he cleaned me up, and got some ice on my knee.  I couldn’t really bend it all, which made me sort of freak out more.

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Puffy knee post 1hr icing. Ew.

 

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Current healing skid marks!

 

Luckily though with ice, lots and lots of ice, some restorative yoga and some serious rest, apparently sleep can do amazing things, I felt strong in my knee again. I got in some good walks, and was able to complete 18 miles on Sunday!!!! (easy, easy, easy running).

I am so so so lucky that this wasn’t worse, but honestly I’ve never felt so much pain in my knee ever. It sucked, I got scared, but I have to stay focused on mindful training and keep on moving forward. There are always set backs in training,  in life, but you have to keep going right? 🙂

Thanks for reading!!

XO

MN

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