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Why I Stretch And Foam Roll

So if you've been anywhere near me or this blog then you know that I have been dealing with a hip injury. And my first so-called event back into running was the Hershey10k.

Since then I have been working on improving my fitness and building some base miles. But I wanted to share with you what I feel was the turning point for me with this injury.

Drum roll please...

Hershey 10K Race Recap

Where to begin.... this was a race that I had decided that I was not going to run. I have been injured for months. I have not been running. My longest run was 2 miles, and it was weeks ago. So I had decided that I was not going to run this race. The very day that I made that decision I got an email from Zensah (save 20% with this affiliate link) about doing an Instagram stories take over. Well I definitely did not want to pass up that opportunity. Of course I was given the option to take a later date, but I didn't have any other races on the calendar at this point. So I decided to see
what happened

Inside The Injured Runner's Mind 2 Days Before Race Day

Twas two days before race day,
And all through the house,
The injured runner's mind
Was scurrying around like a mouse.

Is this a good idea?
Should she even try?
What if she can't finish?
What if pain makes her cry?

When Injuries Get You Down

I love writing. I do. But for me to share (aka write) it means that my cup has to... well have something in it to share. And lately I've felt like I've hit some empty spots. You know? It's hard to share when you don't feel like you have anything to share. Does that make sense?

So I took a little time to regroup. (And pout, get angry and lash out here and there.) And I realized that injuries can teach you a lot about yourselves and others (I'll get to that part in a minute).

So here is what this current ongoing injury has taught me.

Bitten Once Again By The Comparison Bug

Not gonna lie, to say that I've had a lot on my mind these past couple of weeks has been an understatement. If any of you who are reading this and in into trying to have a social media presence, then you probably know the frustration that I feel when it comes to the lack of engagement. (Unless you are one of those who can post a picture on Instagram and get over 200-300 likes in an hour, and your photo continues momentum until it reaches over 800 likes). Me? I finally hit over 300 likes. I thought I had finally found the right consistency - the magic whatever it is.... to tank. I mean royally tank. And I was spending HOURS on Instagram trying my best to figure out what I'm doing wrong - what I should be doing different.

And life on the home front lately hasn't been a walk in the park either. Between Hubby traveling a lot, a carbon monoxide scare, lack of sleep and the list goes on and on, I feel like I haven't been able to stay on top of everything. And well, spending…

And The Lingering Running Injury Continues

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It's been over a week since I've been able to run. I thought that taking time off would magically fix all of my hip issues. WRONG that's W R O N G wrong. In fact, as I went to my physical therapy appointment this week, my PT asked me if I was limping. I said maybe? I don't even notice it anymore. This ongoing injury just keeps... well.... going. He said he saw me limping when I got out of the car. And yes, after I sit, I am usually in pain once I stand so I probably was.

Hey, put on a positive note, I was able to pretty much pin point the pain spot. And my IT is inflamed from overcompensating for the hip issues. But we tried this patch type thing with a small battery electrical current with some meds on it. Don't ask me the name because I don't know what it is. Did it help? I don't know. I can still feel tenderness at the top of my hip. And I'm still limping when I stand and take a few steps.

So, obviously I'm no…