Mindful Monday – Running and Pain

When I was in high school, I remember someone made a suggestion that we run a 5K.  I remember training hard for it and getting so excited for it, but a few months before the planned event, I started to notice pain in my hip.  I stopped running and saw my doctor.  He told me he couldn’t find anything wrong and I eventually forgot about it; but I also stopped running.

I didn’t start running again until my mid-thirties.  The pain started again, but it wasn’t as bad and it wasn’t constant.  I found a few stretches that actually helped it and I was able to manage it.

However, in the last few months, I’ve noticed the pain has actually increased quite a lot.  It isn’t something I can ignore any longer, as much as I might want to.  It hurt pretty bad last week, but I decided to run a 5K with my son last Saturday.  We didn’t run the whole thing, but by the time I crossed the finish line, I was limping and I’ve been in constant pain ever since.

I think it has something to do with a nerve because the pain shoots all the way down into the right side of my calf.  I have a doctor’s appointment and I’ve stopped running and working out all together in an effort to rest and heal.  However, it isn’t just going away like it has in the past.

I honestly don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t run any longer.  It is such a release for me.  I’m sitting here looking out the window as I write this, thinking it is such a perfect day for a run.  I’ve almost talked myself into it a few times today, but I need to find out what is causing the pain and see if I can fix it somehow.  Living with constant pain isn’t something I handle well, if the last week is any indicator.

Until I can figure it out, I’ve decided to focus more on eating healthier.  I’m not great at “dieting” so for me it has to be watching my intake and all the little things I let creep into my diet when I’m not paying enough attention.  I’m hoping I can find a balance that will work and I’m sincerely hoping I can keep running.

Bee at A Spirit of Healing is currently hosting Mindful Monday while Colleen at Silver Threading is away.


7 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Running and Pain

  1. I am sure you will find a way to keep mindful of your intake. And I think once you know what the problem is you’ll find a way to either sort it or to adjust the running. I know walking looks pretty stupid but it might be an alternative that doesn’t give you so much pain. A sort of compromise :-). No matter how: You can do it!

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