Monday, June 4, 2018

16 Reasons I LOVE Being Injured

Hi, my name is Beth and it has been 24 days since my last run. (Injury details HERE and HERE)

That's pretty crazy for this girl who never goes a day or two without a run. The good news is that after my PT session two weeks ago I have been on a fast as shit route to healing. I can't believe how quickly I began to feel better after ten days on the couch. The bruise the size of a Montana is gone. The swelling in my thigh, which gave me a wicked thigh gap, is gone. I am no longer hobbling when I walk and wincing when I sit down on the toilet. In fact, all pain has completely vanished.

I rode my bike four times last week for a total of 70 miles. I felt amazing.

My two missed races came and went: The Bolder Boulder 10k and the Dirty Thirty 50k. On both race days I got on my bike and reminded myself I could do something even if it wasn't running. Life goes on.The pity parties have ceased and the look to the future has begun!

Being injured is GREAT! So FUN! Majorly MAGICAL!  Here's why I love it:

1. Way less laundry for Ken to do.

2. Lots more time to watch the cat perfect his skills, like opening doors (this is just a picture; the videos were classic and so you should be following me on Instagram).

3. More time to post on the Gram

4. Many more chances to sleep in.

5. Don't have to remember to charge my GPS watch.

6. Not as hungry. Saving big bucks on food.

7. Don't have to get insulted when other runners don't wave at me cause you have to be running for that to happen.

8. That extra glass of wine at night won't be hurting my morning run cause you have to be running for that to happen.

9. No unnecessary chafing.

10. More time to clean out my photos. Here's one! (circa 2000....)

4 months pregnant with Emma

11. The refrigerator is really clean. Here's a picture! You'd think with all my extra time I'd find a way to go grocery shopping.

12. More time to look at social media and all the running, racing, PRs and good times I'm not having!

13. Finished my work HIPAA online training way before it was due!

14. No need to shower and use extra soap and water.

15. No crapping/peeing outside because there is always a bathroom nearby when you're on the couch!

16. Not caring that my name is spelled wrong on this bib because I didn't run the race! Hi, my name is Betj and I haven't run in 24 days.

17. Being horizontal you get to find spiders on the ceiling

Why does he have markings that look like a face? So eerie. 

So, there's my attempt at a positive spin. Really, after I stopped being in pain and was able to walk and get on my bike, my mood shifted. I have PT tomorrow and will have the "when can I run discussion" that all PTs love. I am expecting to be able to at least try a short run or a run/walk in the next couple of weeks.

Fingers crossed, the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay is ON!

Did you race this weekend? How was it?

What's one great thing about being injured?

What's worse, spiders or snakes? Snakes for sure.



  1. Look at you all glass half full and all, Betj!

  2. Where's the WINE in your fridge? LOL... I love WINE and RUNNING! :) Good for the soul haha :)

    1. It's in door, so you can't see it, but guaranteed I've got the big bottle in there.

  3. What, no pussy posse reunion party?


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  4. Sorry you're still on the mend, but you should connect with Mr. 1500! He just ran the Boulder 10k with his daughter, and is financially independent guy somewhere in your neighborhood. ( Wow for 70 miles on the bike though!

  5. I'm strange and don't mind spiders or snakes. But I do mind being on the couch. Keep healing!

  6. I just love your posts! Glad you are healing so quickly. Looking forward to hearing how your PT appointment goes. I don't have any races lined up this summer. I have my first half marathon in October. Snakes are the scariest to me!

  7. My husband had a bib misspelling once!
    It was supposed to say Big Guy! Came back as Big Gut!😂

  8. The great thing about being injured is when you aren't anymore!! I took for granted being able to what I wanted when I wanted.. My injury has made me appreciate that I am getting better and changed some goals I had. I am in week 6.. no pain either, but leg still unstable- my nerve is slowly healing,but still sends mixed messages to the muscles.. No races and none in the near future.. but like you, happy to be on my bike and slowly getting back to long distance walking.. Hope the PT appt. gives you the answers you seek..

  9. Big gut!! That made me laugh! SNAKES! Completely terrifying they are wrong on so many levels. Being injured means definitely more time to get your shit together & be generally more organised but so bored!!

  10. The only good thing about being injured is if you learned how to prevent said injury from re-occuring.

  11. I'm glad your leg is feeling better - onward!

    Bummer about BB; I was in the exact same wave (I kinda wanted to shoot myself...but that's where my running is these days). I walked most of the race anyway, but I'd LOVE to see you sometime!!


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  15. Just catching up with my blog reading. Ouch! What a tough injury. I was keeping my eye our for you at the Bolder Boulder (I always see my friends among the 50,000 ;0 Ha!)but saw that you didn't run it and knew something must have kept you away. Bummer about missing out on the 50K as well. Hope you're cleared to start up again. Perspective is usually a good thing for folks; hard to accept all perspectives some days though. Good luck going forward. Hope you're able to join the relay.

  16. Just tweeked my ham in training Friday. Sucks because no racing til USATF Nationals end of July. Worst one in 6 yrs but, still not my worst. Last time I was able to rehab it to race in 5 weeks, win SIlver at Nationals after 8 weeks (400m). Heat, stretch, Graston massage, eccentric resistance exercises asap. I've bought my ticket to Spokane for USATF Nationals and to Spain for WMAC World championships, so active recovery is a total must. Take it from a sprinter, you can speed your recovery if you know what to do.

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