Sherry A. Phillips

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Running with Injuries

A little over a week ago, I decided to introduce sprints into my running schedule. The first day I tried it, everything went great. However, I was not so fortunate the next time.

I was about half-way through my sprint training a week and a half ago and I pulled my left calf muscle. It was so sore, I could barely walk back home. I decided to give it a rest for a few days, which I did.

That Wednesday, I felt good and had no pain, so I decided to go for an easy run and guess what happened? The pain returned! I ended up walking back after only 12 minutes, not wanting to injure myself further.

After doing some research online, I found an article that said calf pulls can be deceptive where you think you’re better, but you’re not. They even described the exact thing I had just experienced where you think you’re better because there is no pain, yet when you run, the pain returns. They stressed a full week of no running to recover.

That is exactly what I did and though I was tempted to run before my week was up, Hurricane Sandy put an end to that proposition. Instead, I did nothing for 2 days (wishing I could swim instead but I didn’t have access to a pool). I realized that I could walk without doing any damage, so I just walked where I usually run and though it took twice as long, at least I was doing something.

After a full week of not running, I went out yesterday and was pleased to find I had not lost any of my stamina and was able to go my full 30 minutes! This was great news for me because I was very concerned I was going to end up back at square one in the Couch to 5K program (or at least having to do some sort of modification to get my stamina back).

It’s getting colder during my runs as well. My husband bought me a winter running shirt which worked really well for me yesterday, so I went to the store and bought a few more as well as a running jacket, gloves and a head band to keep my ears warm on those cold mornings.

The leaves are falling from the trees quickly now and it won’t be long until my beautiful fall runs will be replaced by the gray of winter.

At least I’m prepared and can look forward to the warming of Spring in about four months.

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