Andy’s blog esp 3: Running will give you alot but it won’t give you everything

Being injured is not fun….
Week two of my injury and it is really starting to get to me now.
I think we take running for granted, we think nothing of coming home from work, lacing up the shoes and heading out the door for a few miles.
It’s only when it’s taken away from you is when you realise how lucky you are to have that opportunity.
I read a good quote earlier “running will give you alot but it won’t give you everything”
I know it’s not the end of the world that I am injured and can’t run, but I will say for me personally, it’s not cool.
So I had a few ups and downs this week, I was given a strength training plan to strengthen my glutes. I’m very lucky to have a top class physio looking after me in Brian Fox, couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
What I learned from doing this strength work is that no matter how many miles you clock up every week, no matter how fast you are, strength work is needed to keep everything in working order.
I was like a new born foal walking around the place all week, it wasn’t from the injury, it was from the dreaded DOM’s.
Our aim was to get a bit of strength and then hopefully get out on the road at the weekend to try a few miles.
Saturday night I was like a child on Christmas eve, waiting for Sunday morning to come so I could try a few miles. I shouldn’t of got my hopes up though. It did not go well. Two and half miles in and I made the decision to pull the plug. The pain was getting worse and the last thing I wanted to do was aggravate the injury.
As much as I want to get back running, I also know I need to be patient. Trying to get back too soon is just going to catch up with me down the road (excuse the pun)
After a phone call with Brian I was reassured that there was no need to panic ( Sarah also told me this but I will deny this in a court of law)
So it’s back to strength work for the next few days and we will assess the situation again near the end of the week.
I really need to get back running soon because all I seem to be doing is signing up for races to make myself feel better.
I apologise for the doom and gloom of this blog at the moment. But I promise as soon as I’m back running we’re going to have some great fun.
So what have we learned from this week’s blog.
My bum still hurts.
My body does not like when I do strength work.
Sarah may murder me if I don’t get back running soon.
I will be broke if I don’t get back running.
And last but not least, it’s not the end of the world when your injured or can’t run, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
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