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What Being Injured Is Giving Me

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I have to say that one thing being injured can give you is a lot of time to think. Sometimes this is a good thing - sometimes not so much. This year has been a tough one for me when it comes to injuries. The 5 month and counting hip injury really put a damper on my fitness goals this year. Then I got staph as soon as I was cleared to run. That set me back. Then the hip got super angry again, and now this (When Life Throws You A Curveball)

It's July ya'll, and I have only had a few weeks here and there this year of running consistently. It's been my worst year to date to deal with such issues. And mentally I was finally ready to run races. I had registered for both the Harrisburg and Hershey half this year. Well, we all know that's not going to happen. I'm still hobbling around in a boot. Thankfully, I was able to transfer those bibs through the registration system.

But, lately I couldn't help but wonder where does this leav…

The Hills Are Alive With Panting And Wheezing

I've been keeping my running on the treadmill - not so much because of the cold but because of the softer landing surface and I needed flat. Hills and inclines really aggravate the hamstring injury.

But I have a 10 mile race approaching a lot faster than I would like to actually think about, and I have a hilly 10K a week or two after that. The 10 mile race is flat however some of the terrain is a little bit uneven and there are a couple of ramps that we go up.

So I know that I have to little by little get myself accustomed to the harder surfaces, the uneven ground, and the inclines. Since I bailed on my run yesterday, today I really wanted to attempt a 3 or 4 mile hilly run near my house.

My hamstring is
still extremely sore, but I think it's more so from the challenge workout that I'm doing and I did the elliptical this week. But I could definitely feel it as I began running. For most of the run my injury seemed okay. Of course I am wearing my compression shorts to help with any pain. But I didn't feel any sharp twinges or anything that really got my attention.

But wow were those hills tough! For the first 2 miles I was pretty much able to tackle the hills without walking. On the two-mile return trip, I had to do some run/walk on the hills to catch my breath. I can definitely tell that I haven't done hill work in quite some time.

But it felt great to be out there. The scenery was beautiful. The creek is frozen. There's snow on the ground still but the temperatures were in the 30s which was warmer than my last run outside.

So it was great to get some fresh air, challenge myself, and get in some hill work.

How have you challenged yourself today?

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