Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Injured Runner Support Group

All in all, I have a lot of good things going for me.  I have a good job, a fun son, my looks my big teeth.....for which to chew food, a big nose.... uhhh... that aids in awesome smelling... Maybe it is best to not list my "attributes".  But, that said, being hurt is pretty annoying.  When I’m not running there are lots of things that have to change:

  • I have to eat less food so I don’t gain 15 pounds (I’m already up 7.  Opps)
  • I can’t wear my booty shorts
  • People avoid talking to you about running “Ohh, can I talk about this with the injured boring runner?”
  • No excuse to stare at booty shorts
  • I have a buildup of snot in my nose that is no longer socially acceptable to snot rocket out
  • I've had to cut back my use of the word "Fartlek" much more than I would like

Fortunately though, an injured runner support group has sprung up out of thin air and welcomed me with their either previously or currently injured arms.  I’ve received numerous emails offering advice, support, and a healthy dose of snark to help me get through the blues.  Not only that, but tweets and facebook notes have poured in to see how I’ve been coming along and if I’ve been running.

I’ve had a number of great resources come my way.  From waterproof iPod cases, first hand accounts on the benefits of aqua-running, and even sample workout routines – fellow runners have been more than willing to help... even if only to lend an ear.  I didn't expect it, I certainly didn't request it, but it is great comfort to know that the running "community" that we've created is one that really does care.

So, in my (surprisingly limited) spare time because I’m not running, I’m going to try to do the same.  Heck, I might even do it when I am back to running! Kidding, I totally will.... but I can’t promise that I won’t have booty shorts on while I’m doing it.


pensive pumpkin said...

I've never been happier to be allergic to bananas. *shiver*

Sue's Ramblings said...

That's what I like about the running community - everyone is just so helpful and encouraging, on and off roads. I've never felt so welcomed in any group.

BTW, I fractured my metatarsal 3 years ago - I know what's it's like being you now. Anyway, hang in there.

Laura said...

To me, this is why runners are so awesome. None of us want to be injured so we rally around those who are.
As long as you don't launch a snot rocket while wearing your booty shorts at me.

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

I have to agree that this is what makes the running community so awesome, because we are all just that awesome.

Jen said...

Yep - I too agree. The running community is awesome.

Feel better soon.

Redhead Running said...

We all gotta stick together through thick, thin, injury, and PR.

Katie said...

maybe I'm the odd one out. I've been injured for the last 4 months. My running "friends" no longer talk to me.

being injured has really opened my eyes to who my real friends are. on top of the injury, I've been unemployed, and my ex-husband is yeah. you kind of hit rock bottom when people don't want to spend time with you because you have kids.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Hang in there. Good things always come to those who wait?

Love the banana art....I wonder what you can come up with next.

Jose said...

Hang tough! There is plenty to do to keep you busy while not running.... just dont ask me what... :)

Heal up soon!! said...

Ugh, sorry, Adam. I've been avoiding reading other blogs lately, but trying to catch up today. I have time, too. I had hip surgery last Friday (though they wanted me to start riding my bike on the trainer Sunday), out of work two weeks and no running until, at this point, June 1st. I've been injured on and off for about 18 months, so I've got the injury eating under control (turns out what I had surgery for was the problem all along, not the thing I was rehabbing at PT for...). It's good you're not an emotional eater- it'll help!!

Jamoosh said...

I focus only on myself, so I could give a flying fonk about your injury and your mental state! Just get well so we can return to poop, snot and other assorted bodily functions we mention in the course of running. See what I did here; I made it about me.

Laura Frey said...

I just found your blog through a comment someone put on my blog. Power to the booty shorts!!! Hang in there! You'll come back fighting! I've stress fx'd 3x. I know! Great blog!

Colleen Smith said...

I find myself absent-mindedly snot rocketing all the time, mostly on campus at my MBA program. I feel like this doesn't look professional, but usually the feeling that my nose is full of snot and I want to get it out is the feeling that wins out. I say go for it.