(G) Injury is the greatest teacher and motivator for change — bar none. Last week, the whining 12-year-old in me sounded the injury alarm as if it were a tornado on the horizon. I started to panic that my plans were in for a major alteration.
I think panic can be called off as I remembered some invaluable lessons this week:
1. While inconvenient, injury is often the best thing that can happen. It forces us to change, adjust and attend to things that otherwise we ignore. It’s been true in the past and so very true now. (I will spare you all the details about running biomechanics because while many of us running and anatomy geeks are down with all that many are not. But if you would like for me to drone on about it, feel free to give me a call and we can dork out, biomechanic-style.)
2. Rest is for sissies. What I mean by that is often, with any injury, completely stopping all activity is counterproductive. I certainly needed to take some time off post-race but thinking that I needed to shut it down was the panic talking. My hip has felt better the more I have been active and proactive. Acupuncture, Thai yoga massage (thanks Constance), bike riding, Epsom salt-soaking, yoga, stretching, foam roller-ing, weight training and making the best running form imperative have all brought me a long way in a week. Yes, it does sound like a full-time job, right?!
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What’s also not for sissies? Heat training. Saturday morning, Swags and I headed out and the air was full of humidity and the sky was full of sun at least for the first 5 miles. Mercifully, a rain front moved in and brought cooler breezes and a little rain the last mile.
Time to kick it back up because June is going to be loaded with three races in 30 days. Remember I said rest is for sissies? Either that, or I need to fire my race scheduler.
As you can imagine, Lowi is knee-deep in graduation preparations so she’ll catch us up on all her antics, exercise and otherwise, next week. I will be flying out tomorrow and Lowi and I will be reunited in the CO!! That can only mean CRAZY! Stay tuned …
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G
The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.