Running injury. Isn’t that the worst? When actually I read that 80% of running injuries can be prevented. Runners world, but who knows might just be scheme to sell you more kit. LOL.
But the most common injuries are up to 7-50% Knees. Ouch. Then it was divided into lower leg and upper leg, 9-30% and 4 to 38%.
The foot, 6-40%…and weirdly enough the ankle 4 – 16%. I would have figured that is much higher. How often don’t runners suffer from torn ligaments, or I see runners with those ankle stabilizers.
The knee pain, is usually associated with some weakness in the hips. The famous achilis, well if you carry on whilst it hurts, you might end up with a torn tendon.
But it doesn’t need to be something so dramatic. Maybe you are just sidelined with shin splits, or IT band syndrome.
I don’t want to talk too much about the injuries, I want to focus on what actually happens upstairs, in your brain.
See if you are sidelined for a couple of months, let’s say you had surgery your ankle, you know the next 3 months your running shoes are not going to see the pavement. Ha, you know that crutches and sandals is going to be your dress code.
That realization can be quite a shocker. That moment when your physio or your doctor tells you: “no running”… and you ask, “till when..” and he might just smile back at you and say “first you will need to learn how to walk again…. Once that is possible, we talk about getting back to running”.
OUCH. We are talking months, not weeks. A fellow runner, he had a serious injury, and was operated on, physio, walking with crutches… hey that’s nearly a year without running (in total). Yes there are other cases where runners.. yes I know…
Can you imagine what thoughts go through a runners’ head? I mean even worse if it’s the perfect season, the right kind of training and momentum… and its unfair because you were just at a training peak…. And now this. No running. Or, I hear I was just getting close to improving on 10K PB, and now this.
If you look at the internet, and try to get advice there, you know on what to do whilst injured. Of course first off that algorithm will sell you compression socks, kinesiology tape, massage guns… but once you skip all that advertisement, tell me what advice do you find?
See I am talking about first hand experience here. My one and only injury was a really bad one. I was out of action for months. F