It’s absolutely true that we as humans take things for granted – until they’re gone. I imagine for most runners, their health is one of those things.
You never really think about how important those little muscles, ligaments and bones are until they aren’t working properly. But when you’re hurt, you can’t help but think what a wonder it is that the body can withstand the beating it receives when we take it on 800 meter repeat track workouts or 20-mile long runs.
I have been no stranger to injury throughout my running career. I’m sure almost every runner has faced some injury – large or small – in the course of their training. It’s inevitable, really. When you do something as taxing and strenuous as long distance running, you’re bound to experience an injury sometime.
While injury is one of those things that comes with the territory of being a runner, I’m happy to report that I have been injury free for over one year. The last injury I battled was iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), which I made a full recovery from in November 2014.
I attribute my health primarily to making smarter training decisions. My fitness level is at an all-time high and my body has adapted to running long distances, which definitely also plays a big role. I think switching to HOKA shoes also made a difference.
I hope I’m correct in assuming that newbie runners tend to injure themselves more often than seasoned runners. The more I learn about my body and the longer I participate in long distance training, the better I get at noticing warning signs of injury onset, and when to take it easy.
As I wrap up this post, I’m knocking on wood – hoping that I’m not stirring up some premonition for a beast of an injury.