Last week was my first week of being truly injured. It was the first time in a year that I went to a doctor and admitted out loud that my heel has been in pain for the past 13 months. It was nerve-wracking and scary, but it had to be done. If I ever want to train for a half-marathon or any other running race again at a significant level of intensity, I have to get to the bottom of this. Ice is nice, but it won’t save you.
To be completely transparent, I was feeling pretty down early last week. For years, running has been my outlet. It was devastating to feel like I had been sidelined in my own life. I didn’t realize that taking an extended break from running would have this effect on me. Dare I say that I was heartbroken? I thought that feeling was reserved for relationships. With people.
What I realized is that I do have a long relationship with running. It’s how I solve my problems. When I crossed the finish line at my first half marathon, I felt so powerful. Now, I just feel lost. I’ve been searching for another activity that will put me in boss mode, but I haven’t found one yet.
I do BBG workouts 3x a week, but I always ran on my cardio days. Taking this injury to heart meant that I had to reorganize my entire workout schedule. It meant that I had to watch the runners pass by my window at lunch without any intention of joining them in the next month.
So I did something I never thought I would do as a natural introvert. I decided to spend four days of my week around people. I went to various dinners, parties, and events, and allowed myself little time at home when I wasn’t working. By the time Monday rolled around, I realized that I was on a start to feeling much better.
I still don’t have a complete game plan or know when I can train again, but I’m leaving some of my injury woes behind. Who knows, I might actually like these low impact workouts.