living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

It's a long tunnel ...

In my guest post the other day on Mike's blog, I said something that really stuck with me about injuries: "... the more I think about it, the more I dislike the term 'injury.' Things like ITBS and plantar faciitis ... aren’t injuries at all. They’re the results of what could be a number of things: too many miles too quickly, bad form, bad shoes, poor alignment with the back or pelvis, running on too many sloped roads, etc. The list could go on and on, but the point is that pain in your knee or foot most likely isn’t because of one single event in your running." Since I typed that (and the rest of that entry), I've had a huge mental shift in my running. And with that shift I've had much more confidence in my few runs and am now less worried about aggravating my injury results and am more focused on what I need to do to not have a repeat of my problems.

I'm a long way off from where I was a few months ago, and I'm pretty close to having to make a decision I don't want to make about the Shamrock Half, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a dim light, but I know that it's there.