March 22, 2012

You Don’t Have to Say It…

You Don’t Have to Say It…

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. 

~Sophia Loren

So really, really, really my leg felt better yesterday and the sun was out and it smelled like spring and not exercising has felt just terrible, so it didn’t seem like it would be such a bad idea to run.

The first mile and a half was fine.

I had a little twinge by two and I ignored it.

Coming up the last grade back to my start I sort of new that I had made a mistake…but it was too late.

I did mention that I am impatient with my body healing, right?

Last night I did “therapy” with 3 Advil, 2 glasses of red wine, and an ice pack. This morning I am back to limping like I was on day two of this injury.

I know, I know…alternate forms of exercise when you are injured. But you see, I took up running because the alternate forms of exercise were not fitting well into my life and that has not changed. Plus, what would I do? I can’t really imagine hot yoga with a torn muscle in my calf either.

Here is a question? How do you know when you are ready? How do we judge when we are really healed other than by testing what our bodies can and cannot do? Sure, with a broken bone you can look at an x-ray…but it doesn’t necessarily predict the degree of pain you will feel. Pain (or lack of it) is our primary test for when we are healed, but it is rarely direclty connected to our degree of injury. I watch my kids in sports and the best coaches are always telling the kids hurt on the field or in the pool to shake it off and get back out there. More than half the time it works.

Sometimes we only know where our limits are by pushing at our edges.

Try to figure it out sometime: how much of the pain you feel is in your body versus in your mind? How much can you override by sheer will?

And the real question for me today: when is that ok and when is it harmful?

Obviously yesterday I went to far. And I am headed to a conference at Lake Louise in Canada next week and I would like to ski in a relatively pain-free way, so I am thinking carefully about that.

Today: Rest.

Tomorrow: ?



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