Injuries are truly what show us what we are made of. It is set backs that create growth, and make us dig deep to overcome them. 💪🏼 Have you ever been injured? .
Injuries I’ve endured:
- sprained ankles
- bruised tailbone
- pulled hamstring
- pulled quad
- soleus tendonitis
- ITBAND syndrome (the worst!)
- Broken shoulder
- Severe bone contusion (they told me if I fell on my shoulder again, the bone would shatter 😬)
- Torn labrum
- Bicep tendonitis 😩
Recently, I’ve been asked about injuries a lot, and I realized that back in August of 2017 when I had my worst injury to date - broken shoulder, torn labrum, severe bone contusion - I didn’t post a lot, but did a lot more InstaStories. So, save this one...
Injuries are TOUGH. But, they do not break you. I broke my shoulder 10 days before IRONMAN Kalmar in Sweden last year, although I had no idea it was broken despite doctors in Sweden telling me to get x-rays. I just didn’t want to believe it 😂 So, I raced...yup, I did the whole Ironman with a broken shoulder. But, it’s truly the aftermath that I want to discuss. .
After the X-rays and MRI back in the states, life changed. No swim, bike, run for 8 weeks. I could focus on all the things I couldn’t do, OR I could focus on what I could...WALK, and lots of leg strength workouts. (But, I had to be mindful not to overdue it, or I’d end up with ITBand syndrome again or some other kind of tendonitis) So, I did what I could. People ask how do you get through it? I think about how it is an opportunity to focus on other things, try a new hobby, spend time with friends and family, start a side hustle biz. Then, when I was released to start running again, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill at 10min/mile pace and was trashed. I was SO sore the next day. I got Runner’s leg itch, for a few weeks because I hadn’t sweat in a LONG time. It wasn’t easy. And in some ways, I’m still coming back. My arm strength is nowhere near where I’d thought it would be. I still have some left over soft tissue pain if I do too many push ups, and I haven’t swam since last Aug. Start small, be patient, and do what you CAN. 😘 #getregimental
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