Runners Tell All – That Time I Got Myself Injured

It’s April 21st and that means it’s time for the monthly link-up Runners Tell All hosted by The Lady Okie and Sunshine to the Square Inch.This months topic:

“Share a Bad Race/Training Experience and What You Learned From It”
We’ve all had bad days. Write about one of those days and what you learned from it. Or, you can even write about a time when you lost your running mojo and how you got it back.

 

About Runners Tell All:

“Runner’s Tell All” is a monthly linkup for runners of all ages, skill levels, and experience hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch and The Lady Okie. Each month we’ll have a different topic, and you can find all the topics listed here.”

 

 

When I first started running I ran in whatever shoes I had around, that were in my size. You see, I was visiting my family for a few months between a trip in Asia and a trip to the US and I had limited shoes to choose from when that sudden urge to run appeared due to my marathon training dad. I used my hiking sneakers (that had been with me on the trip and hiked the jungle and volcanoes of Sumatra) and they might not have been the best running shoes but they did the trick in the start.

 

Runners Tell All - ASICS

 

When I came to the US my husband treated me to a pair of “real” running shoes. The Asics Gel-Neo33. These shoes were with me on many adventures from July 2012 to April 2013. Buuut, I had been curious about minimal running and I had my eyes set on the Brooks Pure Project shoes anxiously waiting for me to be a “good enough” runner to transition (I thought that you had to be fast, run far and be super experienced to run in a pair of minimal shoes – which for some people might be the case? I’m no expert).

 

Runners Tell All - Brooks PureConnect
For Christmas my husband bought me a pair Brooks Pure Connect, because he’s nice like that (and he loved the bright yellow!). I was SOOO excited I couldn’t wait to start running in them, so..
Transition? Why? What?! I just want to RUN! – Evelin, December 2012

Yep. We are at the point where my bad experience occurs. I ran  in them. Fast, far, race – you name it! For two whole weeks.. And then BANG!
All the pain, all the icing, all the tears and fear until I had to admit that.. I was injured. I had been training HARD before starting to use the Brooks (and that was most likely setting the base for the injury I had coming) and well, I just kept going like normal in those new shoes. I didn’t even think about that little fact that when starting to use new shoes, and especially a new kind of shoes, it is smart (and necessary) to take the time to transition. 

I know better now, I wish I would’ve been smarter and not let the excitement of new shoes take over – but I did learn from it. 8 weeks without running due to a stress fracture will most likely have you realize that it is NOT worth to stress when it comes to transitioning into a pair of shoes.

 

I put my new and hard earned knowledge to the ultimate test when I later that spring (after starting to run again post-injury) transitioned, slowly but surely, into my beloved SKORA’s. I did good that time – I did really good.

 

Q:
Are you joining the Runners Tell All Link-Up?
Have you learned from any running mistakes? If so, what happened and what did you learn?