Team means everything <3
THIS IS MY FAMILY!!
I RAN A PR IN THE MILE LAST THURSDAY
So I have run in 3 meets so far this season. I haven’t run very good races but after this week I have some new-found motivation. Just this week my team has lost 3 girls to broken bones and stress fractures. We have a team of about 20 distance girls and there are many others who are struggling with bad injuries and possible trips to the sports doctor. Our team is literally falling apart and I hate it. Just last year, it was me on the sidelines holding back tears while my teammates competed. From this point on I am not competing for myself but for all of my injured teammates. We are more than a team, we are a family. We feel each others’ joys and hurts as a whole and can build off of each other. That is what I love so much about my team and running. So this season is to you sisters: Abby, Molly, Nicci, Sydney, Brooke, Kaylie, McKenzie and all the others.
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I don’t think it’s quite the same
Just running out to feel the rain
Staring as the stars parade
Are they telling me it’s gonna be okay?
I can’t be the only one who notices how bad people’s form in running pictures is… Like I’ll see some inspirational quote on an instagrammed picture of a girl decked out in Nike and all I can think is “HEEL STRIKER, she’s asking for shin splints!”
I started as a sprinter for track my freshman year, but as I progressed my amazing coach kept moving me to longer races. At the end of sophomore year my coach moved me to mid-distance training and my distance runner career took off. I joined XC in the fall and loved it. i struggled with shin splints all season, however, and cross-trained every day we had distance runs. I took my mandatory 2 week break after the season and plunged into winter training for track pain free. Right as the outdoor season started, my shin pain came back. It wasn’t as intense and I pushed myself farther than I had ever gone before during try-outs. It paid off. I ran my first race of outdoor track varsity and was very content with my time. The week after that was hell though. My shins hurt all the time, very suddenly. I raced in the second meet, but my times were terrible. I limped though the little practice I participated in after that meet. My trainer and coach finally made me see a doctor. He diagnosed my with a stress fracture in my shin and said I was out for the season, the season I had been counting down for since XC ended. I had actually joined XC to be better for track. I am making this blog so the other runners who have experienced injuries know they are not alone. It sounds dumb, but not being able to run was like losing a little part of me. Running has been a part of my daily life for over a year, and without it I felt lost. This season was hard, watching my teammates run my races. The thought in my head, even today after the season is over, is “what if?” (more to come later). Ask me anything, I have a myriad of minor injuries and am on a typical recovery plan for major sports injuries. I am very knowledgeable about every other aspect of running also. Thanks for reading and I hope you like my blog and enjoy hearing about my journey.
I’m laughing because as much as I love this picture, I realize now that those shoes were part of the reason I got a stress fracture. I was fitted in support shoes, when I was actually supposed to be in neutral shoes. Now I’m in Brooks Ghost 5 and they have changed my life. (Dramatic, but true!) The right shoes are one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and injury free. Maybe I’ll make a list on my top tips to prevent injuries later…
So maybe this happened to you recently:
If so, I’m sorry. Runners know-injury is not just physically painful. It’s emotionally horrifying.
“What? You mean I can’t run a quick 5 miler this morning? COME AGAIN?!”
I think this article from sports coach Brian Mac does a good job of laying out the basics of forming an injury-safe workout.
Highlights: Find a form of cardio that won’t aggravate what ails you. Don’t forget weight training. Remember to stretch. REST. Keep your head up!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I was finally healthy even if it was just for a little while. I’ve got a new problem now though. After a speed work-out my hips and IT bands tightened up so much that I have been limping for 2 weeks. I’ve been stretching and stretchening and resting for the entire 2 weeks and I’m not improving. I have to go back to the doctor, which is a lot harder for me than I’d like to let on. I have these sort of flashbacks or some kind of PTSD and I’ll get random shin pains. I also freak out every time something hurts. And now I have to go back to the doctor in almost the same time frame as my stress fracture. Its actually very similar… not a lot of pain but massive limping. My trainer doesn’t think its too serious but I feel like its something more. I’m hoping and praying to God that it doesn’t pan out like last year. I think that would just be too much to bear, especially since this year the pressure is on with college coaches watching me and it being my senior year. I’m feeling a little lost of late, but I need to keep my head held high and put on a smile for my coaches and teammates. I can’t let them down no matter how hard it is on me.
Why do runners get so excited when they get a new PR? Because it’s their own. No one can take it away from them. Nobody else ran the race for them. They earned it all by themselves and they pushed their body to limits they had only dreamed of before. PRs represent what you’re capable of and exactly how much you’ve trained and worked. That’s why PRs are so exciting.
These are my miles for every month this year. I can’t even comprehend it when I look at my running year as a whole. Just looking at that 0 during April brings back the pain of my stress fracture, not literally but mentally. And then realizing that it took 4 months after that to recover fully back to normal mileage…. But then in September I ran the most miles I have ever done! I also realized that my happiness is directly correlated with the amount of miles each month. I can look back over my year and see that I was happiest when my miles were high. It’s weird really, that so much can happen in a year. In just 12 months or 365 days, I have been in the best shape of my life until that point, then the completely gone with no running all the way to now when my coach said I am the best I have ever been. In just one short year so much ahs happened….