Hello!

Welcome to my blog: The Epilogue.

Full disclosure: I don’t exactly know what I’m going to write about long-term, or how often I’m going to write, or anything, really… But! I tend to do best when I just dive into things headfirst, so here we are!

For the first few posts I would expect a stream of consciousness/training log/stories from my exploits in running.

That is… if I get to back to a regular training schedule.

SEGUE! COOL!

If we’re friends, you probably already know this. I was sidelined about four weeks ago due to a hip injury.

After an eight mile trail run, I started to feel some pain in my left hip, so I took a week off and tried running again. I made it through 4 miles with a little bit of discomfort, but I thought I was just hyper-focused on that area and the injury, so I figured I was fine. Wahoo! Back on track. Then I tried to run the next day.

The next day I couldn’t even make it to the end of my driveway… It’s a really short driveway. At this point I’m freaking out and started assuming the worst.  Hoping that this wasn’t a stress fracture, I made an appointment with a chiropractor in hopes of finding the root of the cause for minimal cost.

Thankfully, after 2 minutes on the table, the doctor said that I knocked my hips out of alignment, which is pretty common for runners. We made a follow up appointment for the next day to check on everything, and she said we could give running a shot on Sunday. I was stoked.

Then Sunday came. I made it approximately .2 miles. I haven’t run since. That was 3 weeks ago.

I was pretty bummed out–I had my sights set on the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October. I held onto hope that I would be back to running in time to still make that goal, but after another week of appointments, I decided it was in my best interest to fix the issue now so I don’t make anything worse.

So here we are, about four weeks later. Today was the first time I was “allowed” to try to run anything significant–about two miles–and it was FANTASTIC.

During this non-planned sabbatical, I’ve gone through waves of emotion, but I feel like I’ve learned some things that I feel like I should share.

A List! Neato!

1. Don’t force it, Jabroni!
Right after I got hurt, I was trying to FORCE myself to get better, which caused a whole lot of unnecessary frustration.After the first week of hurting, the frustration turned to stress, which eventually led to my choice to drop Twin Cities.After that decision, I started throwing myself a little pity party (probably not the best) and after that subsided, I started to feel MUCH better. Without a self-imposed “deadline” to get better, I started to ACTUALLY get better.Moral of the story: Just let it be. Stressing yourself out slows the whole healing process. There’s probably science behind that, somewhere.2. Maybe you actually need a break?
This one never really occurred to me, until the pity party subsided.This four week break was my longest break from running since about December–following my marathon, I only took off about a week before I started getting ready for Twin Cities.  Even though I didn’t notice it at the time, I can now tell that the increase in mileage paired with sustained intensity took a bit of a toll.

A couple of weeks before I broke myself, I started focusing on running my easy days easier, and started noticing a real difference in how my hard days went. Now that I’m “fixed” (kinda) I’m going to focus even HARDER on making things EASIER.

This is sort of a side note/tangent: I know there is A LOT of literature/articles/posts regarding this, and I never took it seriously. Throughout my training life (10-ish years? right around there) I’ve always just pushed and pushed and pushed and pushed. Everything had to be at maximum effort.  Through my first marathon I got frustrated if my training paces got over 7:30/mile, and most of that training was done in the snow.

3. It could be worse!
This is an easy one. It could be worse. Obviously.

Four weeks is a pretty short period of time in the grand scheme of things. In the end, I’m actually kind of thankful for this injury. It allowed me to take a (probably needed) break and to see things from a new perspective and better myself as a runner.  BUT. I’m ready to get back on the trails.

So, that’s it.

Thanks for reading this if anyone actually took the time. I’m going to try to write semi-regularly. As previously stated, I really don’t know what constitute semi-regularly. It’s all a part of the adventure.

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Thank you!
-Jake

Twitter and Insta: @jakesmithruns

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