Overcoming My Injury Fears

Keep your legs injury-free by taking time the time to stretch. (Photo courtesy of Laura Doss)

Since the beginning of my training I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop. While I was at The Biggest Loser Ranch I seriously injured my IT band. I have mentioned this before, which is why all the icing and foam rolling has been crucial to my training. Up until this point I haven’t had any issues, but in the back of my mind I have been counting the minutes for this issue to flare up, and this week the other shoe finally dropped. It wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past, but that nagging knee pain was there toward the end of my long runs. I’m thankful it’s something I can work through, but it is disappointing at the same time.

I’m writing about all of this because it really got me thinking. I remember when I was on the ranch and Jillian Michaels told us that what you fear the most has a way of materializing. Interesting, right? I think it’s not just what you fear, but also what you focus on. At the risk of getting too philosophical, I think that in the back of my mind I was so fixated on waiting for my IT band to flare up that it finally did. Perhaps it would have flared up regardless, but it is still something to think about.

I’m sharing this with you because I’m hoping it will bring you some encouragement. I could have taken this situation as defeat and given up, or I could choose to move forward, learn something and do my best. I choose to overcome my fear. Does that mean that my IT band will stop acting up? Probably not, but it does mean that I can choose to not live in fear of that happening!

Can you believe we are getting so close? I can’t wait to see you all on the big day and run together! How has your training been going? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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