Running with an injury should just be called ‘running’. Runners are always injured.
Ask any runner and they can talk for hours about their creaky knees, dodgy ankles and wonky hips. “But it’s always been like that!” They’ll add, forgetting that it wasn’t like that before they started running.
Runners are basically the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Despite how many limbs are chopped off the knight still cries ’tis but a flesh wound!’ and battles on.
That’s why there are certain stages that runners go through when they run with injuries… sorry… when they run normally.
It Doesn’t Get Any Worse When I Run
At the moment I have a pain in my left foot. It falls into the category that I call “It Doesn’t Get Any Worse When I Run”.
This is an injury that’s just as sore when you walk as when you run. That mean, and this is logical, I can run because running doesn’t make it any worse! (Don’t think about the logic, just trust me!)
These types of injury also tend to fall into the related category of…
It Doesn’t Get Any Worse If I Run On Alternative Days
Again the logic here is sound. If the injury doesn’t get any worse because you only ran on a Monday and Wednesday then clearly you can’t be injured at all. An injury would hurt all the time so, if it only hurts on alternate days then it can’t be an injury at all. Simple.
After Five Minutes It Doesn’t Hurt When I Run
This is a tricky injury because it does hurt when you run. Usually quite painfully and in a way which suggest amputation may be in your future. However, after five minutes, all the pain goes away! (Though it does tend to return an hour after you stop – and ten times worse than it was before).
I’ve had this injury. I hurt my knee and every time I tried to run it would be very painful to put any weight on my leg for the first five minutes then everything was okay until I stopped and had to cry with the pain of it all.
However, as it wasn’t sore when I ran, or at least most of the time, it wasn’t an injury at all!
It Hurts When I Lie Down
Wimp! If it only hurts when you lie down then you know what to do – go for a run!
It Hurts All The Time
Okay, a runner may admit this may be an injury and will book an appointment to see a physio in three weeks time. In the meantime: keep running! You never know, it might heal on it’s own!