My personal running program has been going well going well until just recently, when I had a few hurdles that slowed me down. The first ‘hurled’ that I faces was getting a case of bronchitis. It was quite painful as I had a constant cough. There were times is felt like a cheese grater running over my lungs. Ouch! I had to take a few days off completely, and also take it easy for a while in order to improve. I had to decide that it is okay to take time off, and does not make me less of a runner to do so.
Then, if that were not enough, right after the bronchitis, I sprained my knee while playing frisbee with the kids. My son and I were both going for the frisbee when we collided, and he hit my knee. Franky, I did not realize that you could sprain your knee by this way, but trust me – it is possible. At first, I thought I just bruised my knee, and I did not give it much thought. In fact, I did something that I wish I did not do that same day – I went for a seven mile run!
When I got back from my run, my knee was a bit tight, but I still thought I was fine. Later that night I woke up with a serious pain in my entire knee. I remembered that I needed to use the RICE method to treat injurues, so I tried to get up to get some ice, but I could barely walk. Somehow I got hobbled to the kitchen and got the ice, and then eventually I made it back to bed and to sleep.
Fortunately, after a few days, some ice, and pain-reliever, my knee was fine. I am glad that it is not worse, and that I can get back to training. These health hurdles have caused me to fall back a bit over the past couple weeks. I will have to work hard to get back on track, but I am happy to get back to my running program once again.
I have already seen a few minor hurdles in my training, but I know what my purpose is for running, and that will keep me motivated to keep going.
What do You Think?
have you had any health hurdles that have challenged your running program?