Monday, July 6, 2009

Things I've Learned

I like to run. I've always liked to run. But I haven't done any running for a long time. I wanted to get back into shape , so I started walking. Then I decided to train for a 5K. I'd already been walking about 4 1/2 miles. I started running. I was at one mile after the first week. I was at two miles at the end of the second week. Week three I injured my knee. I could not have been more frustrated. I knew I couldn't run on it. I did strengthening exercises and walked, but that didn't help. Everything I did just aggravated it. And, quite frankly, I was aggravated with it. All I could do was cry through every workout and shake my fists at the injury gods.

Enough of that. Down to the things I learned:

1) Get a program before you start to train.
2) Don't push your body beyond its ability to healthily respond.
3) Injuries really ____. (Fill in the blank. And remember to watch your language.)
4) Running is the bomb. (Okay, I already knew that, but it's still true.)
5) When you set a goal, there's always someone or something that's more than willing to shoot you down.
6) Don't listen to them/it.

I found out that I strained the bursa something something in my knee and I'm on anti-inflammatories. I have a week to do non-jarring physical activity. If it doesn't get better, I have to get x-rays and possibly never run again. That would really be the pits.

I'm being positive, though. It will get better. I will run again. Even if it kills me.


  1. I'm praying for you, Shari. I really hope that you're able to run again. You have such a great attitude and I'm proud of you for wanting to run and do better for yourself. I'm crossin' my fingers and wingin' my prayers!

  2. Well not if it KILLS you, right?

  3. Thanks Laura!

    And Jill, yes. Even if it KILLS me!

  4. Hey I like to run too, but I'm not that good at it, and I get all yucky-sweaty. Gross.

    It also makes my hip, ankles, knees, sides, head, nose hurt. But you gotta love those endorphins! (good luck on the x-ray. I hope it's nothing serious.)

  5. Wow, Shari, I'm sure you are not enjoying the pain, but I still admire you for doing it!!

    I hope you recover soon...

  6. You're my hero. I love your attitude and determination. I just love you! (((hugs))) missing you bunches.

  7. You're inspiring. Hope your knee feels better soon.


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