So although I have not endured any new injuries (knock on wood) this year, my chronic injury know as post-traumatic arthritis ( a form of arthritis that develops after an injury to the knee), is kicking my a@@! Like really, getting out 1 mile is torturous. I made it up to 2 miles yesterday though…….#silverlining.
In talking to my sport’s Dr., to move away from and to not get too dependent on the cortizone shots (oooh do those feel good!!), he has recommended a Sports/Running specific PT to work on strengthening of the knee. I am all for it but really wondering what good it will do. I kind of get it…. strengthening the muscles that support the joint and that will help with pain. The part I don’t get, if arthritis is the inflammation and stiffness of the joints, how will strengthen of the muscles help with the joints? I am waiting for him to send me some referrals and hope to get some sessions scheduled soon.
In the mean-time….I am struggling emotionally not being able to run as I want to and I think totally speaks to my blah feeling about running right now. I am glad I have other activities (weight training program and swimming) to keep me focused and to get my ‘me time’ in, but nothing is like lacing up those sneaks and hitting the pavement.
Here are some thoughts on what I would tell my non-injured self…..
Dear non-injured running self,
Enjoy, the 5 am alarm….ok maybe you can enjoy waking up a bit later now-lol!
Enjoy running in dawn’s darkness;
Enjoy watching the sun rise;
Enjoy choosing what to wear…yes you will get hot while you are out there!;
Enjoy the feel of the pavement, the cold air on your face, the warm breeze in the air;
Enjoy the length of your stride, the ease of the movement, the flow of your run;
Enjoy the long runs of solidity the time to think, process and be you;
Enjoy the change of scenery, the new trails, that long a@@ hill you don’t want to run;
Enjoy the exhilaration you feel on the last .25 miles of your run;
Enjoy the happiness that running gives you;
Enjoy the calm that come over you after a run;
Enjoy the horn blows, the whistles, the hoots out the window and the high school boys who try to hit on you as you pass the school bus stop;
Enjoy feeling no pain, no swelling, no soreness and stiffness;
Dear non-injured self……
I envy you, I miss you, I hope to be you again soon.
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