I have had some very difficult injuries the past few years with running. It’s been frustrating to say the least, but it has also been sort of a “refreshing” break.
Members in my community certainly know me as a runner. I would never choose to receive an injury in running which requires surgery, much less two! But without these injuries, I would have missed out on a lot.
Things I have learned from bilateral foot injuries:
- getting into shape is HARD, running is no joke
- the heart grows fonder of something when it is away from that specific something – this is 100% TRUE
- small milestones are often times the best – running for the first time in over 7 months of inability to hardly walk was AMAZING
- always expect the unexpected – I was running slower pre-surgery than I am post-surgery due to decreased pain, and I thought I would lose the shape I was in! (although I have lost a great deal)
- Enjoy life’s simple pleasures every day, for you never know what the next day will bring
- crutches are hard work
- never judge a person unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes
- social support means the world for anything
- every limb in your body has a function; truly appreciate everything your body does for you
- And one final thing to keep in mind: “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.
It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.”
I’m happy to say that after attempting to get back into running two weeks ago post foot surgery, developing a tendonitis in my foot, taking two more weeks off, I am back to running! I’m equally amazed as I was from my first foot surgery, to just have the ability to walk again without pain. I couldn’t be more grateful.
What is the worst injury that you had in the past?