Runner Down!

Last year, I tried to participate in the Runner’s World Run Streak from Memorial Day to Independence Day. Run at least one mile a day – every day. A major afternoon rainstorm that hit on National Running Day ended that streak. I ran seven days straight. This year I tried again. I made it eight days, then I was sidelined.

Monday morning I ran an easy paced four miles with the intention of picking up a few more in the evening with my little 5K trainers (a.k.a. my kiddos). After dropping the kids at school, I went back home to make use of the hour I had before work. I wanted to pack a couple of boxes since we have a move coming up this month, and I started with the cabinet above the refrigerator.

This involved me standing on a chair (wearing flip-flops) to kneel on the counter to reach what was in the cabinet. Let’s just say it was not one of my brighter moments. I missed my step coming back down to the chair and hit the floor.  Oh, no! Runner down! I rolled my ankle and broke one of the ceramic pieces in my hands. I don’t know if I cried more out of pain or because I knew I was out of running for a while. I’ve sprained my ankle before and it took months to get my ankle back to normal. But that time I heard a “pop.” Thankfully, not this time.

The hardest advice to follow is your own. I would tell others to make sure to take time to recover to avoid risking further injury. I did what I needed to: RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate), but I had trouble with the R and the E, and the I too. Compression was easier. I endured a scolding from my husband for not going to the doctor, but  I could put weight on it. It’s a risk I took.

I’ll spare you the lovely photos of the bruising I sent him throughout the week.

I spent a few hours on my stationary bike, which helped my stress levels, but by Saturday I was itching to try it out. I went for a walk, broke into a slow jog, and walked some more. 2 miles in 30 minutes. That evening I iced it and Sunday morning it actually felt better. As much as I wanted to run again, I talked myself into just getting on the bike. I don’t want to push my luck.

I am confident that I will be able to run – slowly – this week, but no speedwork and not my usual mileage. I’m registered to run a half marathon at the end of the month with my brother. It will be his first. I don’t , and I want to be there running with him.

In the past year I have lost a toenail (due to a head-on collision with my son’s skate shoe), bruised a toe the week of a marathon (due to slamming a door on it), and sprained an ankle (packing to move). But I have not been injured due to running.

What advice do you give other runners, but have trouble following on your own?

Has an injury sidelined you from running? Was it due to running or something else?

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Memorial Day Run for Wounded Warrior Project

Last Monday – Memorial Day – I ran a different kind of race. I had originally intended to run a 10K that was about a 30 minute drive from where we live, but then I saw a post on the local running group’s Facebook page that interested me. Run any distance you want – 5K, 10K, 15K, half, marathon. Suggested donation of $20. All proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project. As a spouse of a Navy veteran, I appreciate efforts to take care of our vets and their families. So much is sacrificed for the military for our freedom, and I believe we should give back whenever we can.

It was worth passing up a PR in the 10K to be a part of this purposeful race.

The race was held at a local park on approximately a  1.5 mile loop. Over 600 small American flags lined the trail. Our starter, via Skype, was a service member deployed in Afghanistan and husband to one of the runners. There was an aid station at the start/finish with Powerade and water. When you finished your distance, you were to write your time and distance. There were  bags with medals, stickers, and bracelets for the finishers.

600+ flags lined the course

600+ flags lined the course

I chose to run a 10K since it was a trail. I’m not typically fond of trail races, but that’s because I tend to lose focus. I’m also not graceful or very coordinated. I decided not to look at my Garmin except to check the distance. Even though I’ve run on this trail before, I was surprised at how long one loop around felt. The effort in running on a trail is completely different from the road, but I was grateful for the shade that lined most of the course.     

The beauty of the trail

The beauty of the trail

I finished my four loops – 6.21 miles – in about 1:04:00. That’s over 10 minutes slower than my 10K road PR. This race wasn’t about time though.

 

Our group’s goal was $1000. Last I saw, there was more than $1100 raised for Wounded Warrior Project with about 40 runners participating. I’m honored to have been a part of it.

 

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What races have you done that were meaningful without being attached to a time goal?