So how did I get hurt? No idea. What is the injury? No idea.
My right knee and calf area hurts. The calf area feels tight, but knee has some pain at times too. Some days I walk with a limp, other days you would never know I am not able to run. When I was running, it was becoming extremely sore shortly after the run, so that is why I stopped.
I do not want a hobby like running to affect the other aspects of my life (like playing with my son). If what I am doing for "fun" is not allowing me to play catch or wrestle around with my kid, my priorities in life are wrong.
I have done a massage and have foam rolled the calf and ITB areas and it has not really improved. I have good and bad days, but for now, I am not rushing anything. I am at peace with the current situation. No, I have not given up...I am just accepting what life has served me for now. I am reevaluating my life and priorities right now. There is nothing wrong with improving your life.
I always try to be better than what I was yesterday and I always have a lot to improve on.
So am I upset? Nope. Am I feeling sorry for myself? Nope. Do I regret anything I did in my training? Nope. I was only up to about 30 weekly miles after I had recovered from the Chicago Lakefront 50K.
Life is good. I am alive. I have a wife and son and we are all alive and for the most part healthy. So why would I sit here and cry that I cannot run?
Running is NOT my life.
If you would have told me 15 years ago I would complete numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, 2 full marathon races, a 40 mile run and cycle ride and run a 50K before I was 40 years old, I would have thought you were nuts. For what I have been able to do and change in my life, I am grateful.
So what will I do now?
I am focusing on what I can do, not on what I can't.
- I will cycle once this gets better to see if I can handle that without pain or soreness.
- I will weight lift like I never have before to build muscle.
- I will spend more time with my family.
- I will try to get more sleep on the weekends, like I have not been able to in the past.
- I will focus on burning fat, building muscle.
- Play more video games with my son.
- Play catch with my son.
- Maybe swim lessons? Might be time to face the fears and weaknesses.
As an endurance athlete at times you will push the limits and sometimes burn out. Other times, you are just dealt with bad luck or genes. Once in a while, it takes an injury (or two, or three) to show you what you are missing out on in life.
As a runner with no natural talent, you will have more bad days than good. How you prevail through the bad days is what will really show you what type of person you are.
By: Fred Lechuga
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