Why an injury is a blessing

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Photo courtesy of Prince Roy

Ok so maybe a blessing is taking it too far. I have hit a snag in my training this week. I am nursing a pulled hamstring and have had to opt for other exercise besides running this week. And yes, I am a bit frustrated. And I miss running!

But it’s also been a learning experience. Since running and/or fitness walking is extremely uncomfortable, I have made friends with the elliptical (monster, as I call it) at the gym, because I can work out on it pain-free. And the side benefit is that there is a little ledge on the equipment on which my Kindle fits perfectly, so I’ve been catching up on my reading while I sweat away on the machine. I’ve finished two books this week already!

Before I started training, I probably would have pushed through the pain and run anyway. But since I now have an objective in mind and don’t want to do anything to put that goal in jeopardy, I have actually paid attention to my body (and to all the people telling me to lay off) and not pushed it. I have used ice and heat and stretching, and admitted that I need to be careful.

The good news is that it is starting to feel better, and I ran/walked yesterday without too much discomfort. Still need to take it easy, but at least I’m healing.

This journey has definitely helped me be less rigid in my thoughts and routines. Whereas before, I’d be panicking over missing runs, I’m now calmly looking for alternatives. And enjoying the variety.

I am running in the Country Music Marathon on April 27 with Team First Pres Franklin and Team World Vision to raise money for clean water in Haiti. Please consider supporting my efforts. Click here to donate. Thank you for your prayers and support.