No one likes injuries. Seriously, no one.
So what is the one thing that is worse? Hearing about YOUR injuries.
Yes, yours. The ones that you have been obsessing over for the last month, three months, year, because, well, pain. Pain and not being able to do the thing you really like to do, which is one foot of your obsessive compulsive self after another until you finish your damn run.
And yet we all have injuries, and sometimes that injuries of the body lead to others of the mind as well. We don’t trust ourselves, that particular body part, anymore. We over do the rehad, we under do the rehad on the “drown my sorrows in icecream” therapy. Sometimes the injuries lead us to epiphanies about our own compulsive nature, about balance and when and where to find it.
Sometimes the injuries point out to us just how magical it is to be able to enjoy the simple, rhythmic locomotion of a run. How when we finish, the sweat is saltier, the sky bluer, our bodies are both heavier and lighter than we remembered.
Which is why, when in shape runners talk about training, it’s a simple rehash of a dizzying set of numbers: 10 miles last Saturday, 3 x 800 with a 3 mile tempo on the roads, 6 easy, but this all means less to the returning, injured runner. Here, the announcement of doing a two mile run WITHOUT PAIN is heralded like the arrival of a new child. If he could send out postcards for this he would.
And its partly why no one wants to hear about your damn injury. Because they don’t want to admit how much it would suck to have it happen to them. The want to get on with the business of enjoying getting on and not think about the one day that they can’t run without pain, without a limp. Be like the measles patient: do your time, get your two milers out of the way and when you’re ready to come back, then come on back. But not before.
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