I am STOKED because I have Monica over here today!! I read and loved her blog FOREVER! When I was able to hangout with her this summer, I felt kind of creepy for already knowing so much about her:) Good thing she is so incredibly awesome in person too and didn’t mind my stalkerness.
Hi HRG Readers! My name is Monica and I write Run, Eat, Repeat. I became best friends with Janae over the summer (even though she doesn’t realize it) when she was staying in Orange County with her in-laws.
We bonded over frozen yogurt <3 During these fro-yo meet ups we would talk about running 50% of the time (the other 50% of the time was silent as we were devouring our food)!
Janae has recently had to deal with an injury and I can totally relate. I hurt my IT Band after my second marathon in January ‘10. I ran the Disney World Marathon and even though I had a bad race, finished okay. But, a few days later my knee started to hurt and I went to the doctor.
I ended up getting an MRI, being diagnosed with Illitobial Band Syndrome and going to Physical Therapy for 6 weeks.
My Physical Therapist said NO Running for 8 weeks. I was super depressed and didn’t know what to do with myself. So I drank.
Okay, not really. But, here’s how I did deal with it:
2. Focused on what I could do. I did my PT exercises, I took walks. When I was cleared to do more (but still no running) I went to Spinning and KB class.
3. I avoided some blogs. For some reason a few blogs made me feel bad about not being able to do certain things and I had to take them off my radar for a bit. It was about me, not anything wrong with the blog but I had to take care of my mental health in this way for a bit.
When you define yourself as a runner there is nothing worse than not being able to run. I’ve been there. But, it’s so important to take care of yourself and be patient.
I was able to start running again after about 8 weeks, but had to start off slow and with less mileage. Now when that knee feels weak I try to take it easy. The entire experience helped me get better in tune with my body’s signals. Now I pay closer attention to when my legs tell me they need a break.
If you have any questions on how much wine and chocolate it takes to get over an injury or how many cuss words I said when I found out I couldn’t run – feel free to hit me up at Run Eat Repeat!
Hope you are having an amazing Labor Day!!!
Ever had to do any of the four things that Monica had to do while injured?
-Yep, all four at least a million times….especially the whole venting thing, I am sorry you have all had to endure through that for so long!