I got this comment from Bernie at GetGoingGetRunning this morning and I thought it would be good to just make my answer into a post:
Hi Tom, I was wondering where you had got to!
Don’t be hard on yourself. You’ve got an injury. Every runner gets injured at some point. It’s just part of the trials and tribulations of the sport.
So you’re not running? Tell us what you’re doing instead! What weird nasty exercise has the chiropractor got you doing now? How much do you want to meet the inventor of the foam roller so you can tell them what you really think of that little tube of pain delivered in such a calming pastel colour?
I’m sure I’m speaking for everyone here when I say we’re rooting for you to get back on the running train, and that we all understand from our previous experience what you’re going through and we are just as interested to see how you’re dealing with not doing what you’ve come to love.
See you back on the running train soon!
First of all, thank you Bernie and everyone for your support, advice and encouragement. I do appreciate it and it has been a huge help.
Okay, I think I am back to normal. I say that because I have no pain and feel pretty well. I started taking Turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory and it seems to be really helping. I also have spent more time with my heating pad at night than my Lovely Wife. 🙂
As everyone who has ever read this blog knows, I am not a huge cross training type of guy. It honestly isn’t that I am against it. I did get out my late sister’s bike the other day and was going to ride it, but I need a helmet and stores are proud of their biking helmets. They can be expensive. It’s hard to spend as much money on a helmet as I did on my new shoes that sit in a box by the couch.
So I walk. Yes it is boring, but here is my thought… With rest (as Joey and others have encouraged me) I know I’ll get better. My Chiropractor benefits are used up for the year. My main “fear” is that I will lose the habit of running. So I figure if I keep going out each day at the same time and walk for 45 minutes, I will keep the habit of doing an activity that is similar to running, just slower and more boring.
I may try a slow run today. I’ll see how I feel after work. The weather is awesome and I’m feeling great, so I should be good to go. Worst case scenario, if for some reason I can’t run for an extended period of time, I’ll take up biking. Maybe there will be a triathlon in my future.
Thanks again Bernie and everyone!!! It would be so much harder without this blog and reading your blogs!