Archive for February, 2012

Up until about three weeks ago I’d been having some great runs, I was feeling confident and happy and my preparation for the Seoul Marathon looked to be well on track!

But then the weather turned icy cold!  I went out training all the same, and on one late long run it all went horribly wrong.  I’m not sure exactly what happened, I just know that by the end of the run I was in agony.  After resting for a week I then carried on my training, refusing to believe that I was hurting badly enough to stop.  Two thirds of the way through a 28km training run I started to hurt, I’d got no way of getting home other than under my own steam so I carried on…all be it that I had to walk for 40 minutes to the end.  For the following week it felt like the only way I could move my right leg forwards was to swing it round to the side a bit, I’d got shooting pains through my groin.  I asked all of the dancing and yoga people I know what I could do to make it go away, they all said the same thing – rest it.  I’ve not ran since.

With my holiday in Taiwan to look forward to it didnt bother me too much, but after returning on Tuesday I spent the rest of the week feeling really low….and more than just the normal post holiday blues!


After climbing Mudensan yesterday with one of my friends I decided that I needed to sort out a training routine that would still let me exercise while not stressing the muscles I’ve injured.  I decided that I’d opt for swimming, and increase the amount of cycling and yoga that I do.  For some added inspiration I looked in a runners guide book that a running friend had lent me and I came across a section that jumped off the page at me; it was about the psychology of dealing with injuries.  It describes the process that you go through as……..

Denial – Often runners will not accept their injuries and continue to run in pain until it forces them to stop.

Rage – Runners acknowledge they should stop running.  However, they refuse and subject their bodies to further abuse.  They may take their frustrations out on others.

Depression – After the anger subsides, runners become depressed and experience feelings of helplessness.

Acceptance – Runners accept injuries, and contain training within levels of tolerance.  They may participate in alternative exercises to ease their depression.  They develop an intelligent plan to return gradually to their preinjury fitness level.

Renewed neurotic disequilibrium – As runners begin to regain fitness, some forget the cause of injuries and neglect the warning signs of further injury.  Too often they dont learn from experience and again attempt too much too soon, or train for goals that are beyond their present physical and psychological capacity.

(The Complete Runners Handbook – Bob Glover and Shelly-Lynn Florence Glover)

Its describes what I’ve been going through to a T!  Who knew that you go through the same emotional process whether its a death, a break up, or just dealing with an injury!!

Between yesterday and this morning I’d quite happily decided that I must have reached the acceptance stage and breathed a sigh of relief (Thursday and Friday were shit!).  So, moving forwards its back to some gentle exercise and gradually building up the running again.

That said, I came into work this afternoon and my bib for the 1st March Gwangju half marathon was on my desk, I really want to do it, I wonder if I’ll be sensible or if I’ll hit stage 5 – Renewed neurotic disequilibrium!

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