I am a runner.
I love to run for stress relief, exercise, fun. I love to set goals. I enjoy taking my 3 year old out in the jogging stroller and spending time with him… letting him see his mama as a strong, fast and motivated role model.
I experienced my first real running injury a couple of weeks ago. I’ve had normal running strains and aches and blisters that may have set me back for a few days before but nothing like this.
I was about 3 miles into what could’ve been a very long run. I was feeling wonderful. I had my music going, my feet felt light, my breathing felt good! I ran off of the paved path and onto a trail near the lake. The trail has a lot of roots and one caught my foot and my ankle snapped. I was on the ground instantly.
I sat there for what felt like an eternity trying to decide if I needed to scream out for immediate help, call my husband to get me, brush the dirt off and jump right back into my run, cry, laugh….I was in shock. I decided to slowly stand up and see how I felt. I put a little pressure on my foot. It hurt…but I thought “Maybe I can run it off…”
In retrospect it had to be the runner’s high. They say adrenaline can be a powerful analgesic and this to me is proof!
I ran home. I ripped off my shirt and sat to have a drink for a minute like I usually do after a run. I told my husband about my fall and said “It must not be bad. I ran home!” However, 10 mins later when I stood up to change there was excruciating pain. I knew it was a bad injury. I iced it and went to sleep and it was puffed up like a balloon by morning.
Based on the pain I thought for sure I had a fracture, but my doctor told me no amount of adrenaline would allow me to run home on a broken ankle. She diagnosed me with a sprain and told me to take at least two weeks off running.
I never knew how badly I would mourn for running! I have never cried more in my life than I have in these two weeks. Sometimes it’s actually because I want to run. Sometimes it’s for some other dumb thing that upsets me that running would usually make me feel better about. Mostly, it’s all the stuff I’ve had time to hear, see and feel when I’m not busy running.
I don’t know how long it will take until I can get back out there. It makes me nervous. I don’t want to be afraid and put it off too long. I don’t want to do it too soon and set my healing back.
There is a race coming up in a few weeks that I really wanted to run but I can’t afford to sign up if I won’t actually be running by then.
I will say, I am excited for a comeback. I know that this will make me appreciate every run and push me so much harder once I’m out there!
You would think that a formerly obese couch potato turned athlete would already know better than to take her ability to run for granted, but I used to.
I am going to run every run with purpose.
I am going to run every run with a mission.
I am going to run every run to improve my mind and improve my body.
I am going to run every run to glorify God and thank Him for the chance to get out and see miles and miles of the beautiful world He created.