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Confessions of a Novice Runner #6: Coming Back from an Injury and the Voices In My Head

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It’s funny, prior to running I have sprained ankles, pulled muscles, and broke toes and it was not a big deal. Now that I run, it is a big deal. Especially when you pull muscles that you don’t notice until they cause a chain reaction affecting other things in your body. Next thing you know, you have a sports massage therapist, a Physical Therapist that specializes in dry needling (yes…it really is as bad as it sounds) and a slew of PT exercises to do on a regular basis. 

And let's not forget how awesome we feel after not running for a while - NOT!

To add insult to injury – pun intended – you also have every person you know commenting on how their friends, neighbors, cousins, uncles, Boston Running friend had the exact same issue and “this” is what it is and they were sidelined FOR LIKE EVER. Ok…maybe it wasn't that bad but it certainly seemed like it.  

Of course, once you do get back to running you are stuck listening to the voices in your head that create an entirely ridiculous inner dialog. Last weekend’s run went something like this:
It hurts.
No, it doesn’t. It’s in your head.
No, it most definitely hurts.
It does not hurt. You are imagining it and with a wind chill of negative one, how would you know if it did hurt.
I am most positive that it hurts and I should stop.
Seriously, get out of your head. Nothing hurts but your butt is frozen.
Wait! Something does hurt but maybe it normally hurts.
Yes. This is normal running pain.
No wait! It’s been so long since I’ve ran that I don’t remember what that feels like.
OMG!! I’m doing permanent damage and will never run again.
I think my face is frozen.

So amuse me and tell me that I’m not the only one that goes through this coming off of an injury?
6 comments on "Confessions of a Novice Runner #6: Coming Back from an Injury and the Voices In My Head"
  1. Utterly normal. The battle between fear/caution and need/desire to run is an ongoing one. The trick is - as best you can - use the fear/caution to be smart, proactive and stick to rehab/prehab, get things looked at right away, don't get carried away or push through too hard/too often. Easier said than done.

    1. You've got that right. Driving me nuts though. The slightest twinge of pain and I'm freaking out.

  2. For sure, very ache and pain is over analyzed

    1. every ache, ever pain, everything...totally analyzed. It is driving me crazy.

  3. Oh I am right there with you. Every little twitch I think is a new injury. And sometimes it is. Life of a middle aged runner!
    Confessions of a Mother Runner

    1. Yep. I wish I would have actually given running a real shot when I was much younger.