Learning from Injuries Part 3,265,784…
Today I ran a 12km run in 1:16. Two months ago, I ran the same 12km in 1:45 with a much higher perceived effort level. Is is the cooler air? The training? Chi Posture? The fuelling? Whatever it is, I’m so happy with how this is going, I can’t remember what it was like to live life without running and goal setting.
My entire life is an opportunity to work on my posture and alignment. For example I was walking through the mall the other day with a sense of urgency when I realized that my left foot was slipping outward but my right one was not. The tension in my ankle was building, the same old injury resurfacing. I didn’t have two different shoes on, so the diagnosis had to be mechanics. I proceeded to work to place my foot, ankle, and knee in a place where my toe wouldn’t slip out. I immediately noticed my calf start to work harder, but there was slight relief in my ankle. I put this one to the test today on the long run with excellent results. I wavered back and forth as I remembered and forgot the alignment, but I think I can boldly state that this could be the beginning of the end of that ankle’s trauma.
October is back month for me, I know what hurts in my back and when it hurts so I’ve resolved to “stop doing that” for the whole month to the best of my ability. That’s what the doc would say right? My chair at work has been adjusted to about a 130 degree angle and I feel less pressure on my joints and low back at the end of the day. I’m focusing on daily core strength through pilates exercises, plus a few little things I picked up from my many sports therapists over the years. I refuse to go to a doctor, because I just need to do what they have told me to do previously! Oh yeah, and I’ve quit the terrible habit of cracking my back!
The lesson? Injuries are there to help you work harder on the good stuff. Core strength, proper alignment, better posture. Don’t ever let them get you down, just get even!