It’s staring at me from the January RW Log that reads weekly mileage jumping all over the board (26,11, 33, 25), switching inserts without caution, and testing new cleats on my Spin shoes without the correct (unbeknownst to me, at the time) adjustments.
Hello, naivety, welcome back!
I’ve never been injured, so I don’t really recognize the signs or pay much attention to the warnings. I’m not injured YET, and I’d like to keep it that way. I tend to be a little care-free with my training experiments, and never worry too much about consequences that might result of that.
Last Friday, during my 13-miler, I felt some tightness in what I assume to be my IT Band…it wasn’t so painful that I had to stop, but it was a localized discomfort that definitely had me worried. In addition to that, my left Knee has been utterly confused as to what I’m doing. During the run, it’s fine. After many runs (not all), it’s tender and uncomfortable unless I’m icing it or bending it.
I’m admitting the Fault, and taking this week EASY. I’ve ignored the training plan, and hit the mat! Monday and Tuesday both included 75 minute Anusara classes that have my arms and shoulders wondering what happened to that leg-heavy run thing.
After revealing my shorts-and-tee-shirt-run, Denver rebounded:
Uh huh, I get it. It’s still winter. FINE.
Happily staying off the roads and out of the cold, I tested a new yoga studio. Samadhi, you have won my yogi-heart:
Arm balances, inversions, hip-openers and lunges replaced the miles from Monday and Tuesday. I’m now sore in the best way, stretched out, and currently feeling no remnants of either nagging pain – success!
What do you do to prevent injury? Have you run through the pain to fight it later, or beat it before it’s serious?
In the past I’ve iced, rested, and gotten right back into the swing without any issues. Hopefully that will be the case again!