Conservative Kerry


I’m really through with talking about past injuries, using it as a crutch, pointing to it as an excuse, or even better yet, speaking with someone who decides to point out what I one has done “wrong” in training. [Everyone has the ‘know it all’ runner in the group…]

I understand and am aware that running through discomfort is not a good thing. I have dealt with the setbacks.

But here’s my confession: I can’t help but let the little voice inside of me tell me that I am accident prone. Rather, get discouraged every time that I feel a little ache.

I am so afraid to get injured that I am watching my every move, analyzing every sore muscle or ache.

But even worst, I read about other runners who go out undertrained and walk away unscathed. Or the opposite – they are crazily overtraining and feel like they are on the up and up. Well, gee, I’d give anything to live on the running edge right now.

Now, I can predict the advice that one would give me in these circumstances: You are not everyone else. You need to focus on yourself and your body’s abilities. You do not want to put yourself into those situations where you could get injured again.

But what I am looking for more than advice is assurance that I am not the only one who has faced injury and fears re-injury.

[I just had to say that all.] In the grand scheme of things, getting injured the second time turned out ok. But, I feel so conservative in planning out training and races that it begins to defeat the purpose of what running is all about – stress relief.

Dear Running,

I still love you. You just give me a lot to think about. All.the.time.




After a hill workout that I referenced in my workout summary from last week, I walked away with discomfort but nothing debilitating. In fact, I ran on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday before I realized “Hey, something still does not feel exactly right.” I made an appointment with my Sports Medicine specialist and drove the distance on Wednesday night.

Here’s how I described the pain. “Only at certain angles, like driving a car or getting up out of a chair, do I feel discomfort under the inside part of my arch. I also feel pain under my right knee, but at an angle on the side.”

She immediately said, “Sounds like your posterior tibial tendon.” Upon putting her hands on the area and seeing me flinch, she knew it was the correct spot. She then said, “This is one of the most painful places for me to work.” Aw crap – last time I was holding back tears! She went back and forth, working on the knot, then used a cold laser to help stimulate repair and repeated this a few times while I cried uncle every time she touched it. My ankle is a nice puffy mess 🙂


As far as the knee area is concerned, she thinks it is a quad tendon, but still worked the crap out of a huge knot that had formed to the left of my knee joint. She said to just watch this one a little more.

Both are swollen since she broke up a lot of knots, but I should be good for the weekend.

I share this news with you in the hopes that if you start feeling pain beyond just general soreness, that you get it checked out. Nothing will force me to run to the point that I get hurt again. I’ve said it before, I love running, but the second it becomes painful it loses its purpose for me.

Even acting conservatively -trying to slowly build up, cross training, and performing core work – can tweak a few points. Not listening early on (been there!) can lead to bigger issues.

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4 Responses to Conservative Kerry

  1. i think everyone fears re-injury at some point. i dealt with shin splits last spring and was terrified when i started ramping up the running again. and, while this isn’t a running injury, i cannot for the life of me crack one of my knuckles because i’m scared i’ll rebreak it.

  2. Tara says:

    well, I am always injured. Ipush through the paina nd soemtimes I am ok, but for the most part it leads to something bigger and as you know I am rocking the walking boot. I know it’s hard, but listen to your body. You know when something isn’t right. You can still run and race, but just out what works best for you and keeps your body happy! It was great seeing you Sunday! 🙂

  3. Naomi says:

    oh gosh, i am so sorry to read this (btw – i’m behind on my blog reading). i agree with T, but i know it’s so hard. this is definitely something i struggle with. we could probably have hours long conversations about it. hope you’re feeling better soon!

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