As it turns out, this decision saved me about $75. Why? Because in spite of doing all the right training things, my knee is injured. Again. This is quite infuriating. It’s infuriating because when you only run 3 days a week and keep your mileage to under 20 miles per week, when you are careful to buy new running shoes every 300-500 miles, when you build yoga into your weekly workout routine to make you more flexible and balanced, when you do some seriously hard core work to strengthen all the body parts that support you when you run, when you eat a diet full of nutrient-dense food, when you supplement this diet with anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals like magnesium, turmeric, and glucosamine, YOU STILL CAN GET INJURED! UGH!
The reason it feels like complete agony having to sit on the sidelines comes back to why I run:
I kept going with the running because I loved the calorie burn I was getting, and the extra weight I was carrying was melting off. It wasn’t until I broke being able to run 5 miles that I could honestly say I enjoyed running. Even then, it was more how I felt AFTER running that I was hooked on. Then that same friend convinced me to train for this mini-marathon. I thought she was nuts. I can barely run 5 miles, how could I possibly run 13.1?? I found a training plan that I liked, worked my way up to 7 miles and registered for this race. And I trained my ass off…during the summer…and I cursed at the weather. I questioned my sanity and why I was doing this to myself. But I stuck with the training plan and joined our local running club. Because if I could run 13.1 miles…I COULD DO ANYTHING.
I just went for acupuncture treatment yesterday. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it. Last time my knee was injured I rested for 4 months with no pain resolution. I finally went for acupuncture and was ready to go again in less than 2 weeks. It’s pretty amazing. While I go through treatment, I will stay focused on what I CAN do right now to keep my strength and sanity. I can still go for walks in the evening (which have become a whole different kind of therapy for me). I can still do squats to strengthen my glutes and quads. And I can still do upper body work. I can continue building my mediation practice.
And I will try not to cry over spilled milk.