Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Handling Unexpected Injuries While Training

Tailgating season started this weekend, and I have to say, it's about time!

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In fact, everyone was very excited to see each other.

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We had beautiful weather for both our Friday and Sunday tailgates. It was great to get together with friends I haven't seen in a while, grill some burgers and dogs and play some corn hole.

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The only downside to the whole day was that I somehow managed to hurt my knee playing corn hole.

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I'm not sure how it's possible to injure your knee in a game where you throw bean bags on to a board 20-some feet away, but apparently it's possible, and I did it.

And I'm not talking some minor bump or bruise, I'm talking it hurt so bad I had to sit down and then hobble into the stadium for the game and ice it for a good long time when I finally got home.

It wasn't any better Saturday morning either. I woke up, got dressed for my run and then realized my 12 miles just wasn't going to happen.

I spent most of the morning icing my knee, bummed that I had to skip my 12-miler and trying to convince myself that skipping a run was better than getting seriously hurt and missing my race in two weeks. I knew skipping the run was the right thing to do, but I still felt crappy about it, and I was figuring out how I could tweak my training plan depending on my knee.

If my knee felt better on Sunday, I'd do the 12 then. If it didn't, I mentally prepared myself to skip it and continue with my training as normal.

Luckily for me by Sunday morning, my knee seemed to have calmed down and I was able to run an awesome 12.4 miles in a little under 2 hours. It was a solid run, nothing hurt and I felt really good about it.

So what's the moral of this story?
  1. You can't control when you get hurt and sometimes the most ridiculous things cause you to get hurt.
  2. During training you have to learn to live with it and take time off you need.
  3. Rest and ice will usually speed healing along.
  4. DO NOT RUN if something hurts.
  5. Tweak your training plan as necessary. Sometimes you just have to totally skip a run. That's life. But other times you might be able to bump a run to a different day. Play it by ear.

All in all it was a great weekend. I think this knee thing during corn hole is going to be an issue for me. It bothered me again at Sunday's tailgate. Guess I'll need to start working on my corn hole form to prevent future problems.

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