I learned a lesson this week.
When you can’t have something, is when you want/miss it most.
This has more than one meaning to me, but in this context, I’m referring to my most favorite pastime: exercise.
A week ago, I woke up with knee pain and concluded that it was probably due to overtraining.
My hypothesis isn’t unlikely, as I’m crazy about continuing with CrossFit on top of training for a 10K.
Luckily, knock on wood (hard!), I’ve been fortunate to dodge any serious injuries during my athletic history.
So, naturally, as a worry wort, I freak out at an unfamiliar pain.
Runner’s Knee, tendonitis, I really don’t know what’s up, but
I know, for sure, I need to scale back on my workouts.
My Week in Fitness
M – Rest Day
T – CrossFit + 3 mi. run
W – 3 mi. walk (45 min.) + abs
Th – CrossFit + 2 min. plank
F – CrossFit (included < 2 mi. running)
Sa – 3 mi. walk (45 min.) + abs
Su – 5.5 mi. run (44:40)
As hard as it was to avoid the box, I restricted myself to just three WODs this week. I believe being anal about icing 2-3x/day helped the most, as the pain has dissipated some.
The Jack Frost 10K race is one week from today, and as much as I’d like to finish my training schedule strong, I will continue to listen to what my body is asking for… even if means an extra day of rest.
During the down time this week, I realized the impact my daily physical activity has on my daily spirits. Exercise isn’t merely a way for me to burn off the calories of four almond flour chocolate chip cookies - in fact, it’s not that at all. Exercise is a huge part of me, and when I can’t “have it”, I not only miss it immensely, but I feel a part of me is missing. I sweat to live and live to sweat.
Resting isn’t easy, and patience is something I must practice, but I learned, this week, that sometimes all you can do is let time heal you.
It may just be one WOD, or one long run, but I will not be taking box jumps and burpees for granted anymore.
Have you ever dealt with a knee injury?
What lesson did you learn this week?