First Training Injury
Well….. the training was going really well for Joanne until ……
Dedicating myself every other day to at least 3 miles, I set out last Tuesday evening on my usual route.
Struggling for the first mile, but lost in thought as the music on Deezer was playing through my headphones, willing myself “come on Joanne you can do this, think about all those ex-military people who sacrificed their lives for you and those who have suffered injury, all you need to do is 13.1 miles to raise money, say thank you and pay something back!”
Eventually picking up momentum and thinking this is going good and then suddenly, bang I’d hit the ground on a busy main road that was full of people and cars.
Feeling embarrassed I picked myself up quickly, dusted myself down, thought about crying but didn’t and I continued. Struggling with a cut right knee and stinging hands I pushed through the pain and carried on. Two and half miles into it I’d picked up the pace again and was looking forward to getting home, I again found myself on the ground, nearly taking a poor elderly woman out at the same time. Feeling silly, I again picked myself up, apologised to the lady and continued.
At this stage I had really hurt myself, this time my left knee and also bent my right thumb in the process!! I honestly do not know how I didn’t cry. I struggled on home to my last few hundred metres and tripped for the third time, unbelievable I know (I must hold the record for number of falls in a run). I still managed to run home and as my husband answered the door I burst out crying.
For anybody reading this no I wasn’t drunk but learnt a valuable lesson. On reflection I have been going straight out on a run, not stretching or warming up beforehand. I was struggling with a tight calf muscle and think due to this I wasn’t lifting my right leg properly as I ran and was tripping myself in the process. I at least hope this was the reason! I’ve been out running twice since and have purchased a nice pair of running trainers which have made such a difference.
I am looking forward to my training throughout the next 6 months and hope I can get through those months without tripping and falling again 😊
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