Training Diary – Making a Comeback

…Or at least trying to. Returning from injury, regardless of the time you have had away from the sport, be it a couple of weeks or a couple of years is equally as daunting and difficult. In the time you have spent away you subconsciously begin to trust your body less and your belief in a strong return often seems unrealistic. This is because you know you need to let your body run through the motions of competing and in my case, attempting to travel at some speed before you can expect too much. I would argue that the longer you spend away from the sport, the harder it is to make a strong comeback, as your muscle memory has more than likely begun to fade.

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Injury Development Diary

ESSA, Birmingham 2013

After almost a year, I went for my ‘first second opinion’. Plantar fasciitis was the confirmed root of my pain, by another specialist. Only this time I decided to see a foot specialist, rather than a foot & sports specialist, hoping for a new perspective. It was suggested that I have cortisone injections in my feet. I would have to have them done one at a time as I would have to be in a boot for a few weeks after each one. By this point I was frankly happy to try anything if it meant I could get back into running, especially if it meant I didn’t have to do any more acqua jogging or bike sessions! My parents and physio grounded me, reminding me of my tender age and side effects of the procedure. Whilst not being particularly invasive, it was still a needle which was going to be injected into the fatty pad of my heel which long term could cause it to become much thinner and cause even bigger issues. That in addition to the  necessity of localising my pain for the procedure was an issue. My pain never returned to the same part of my foot, instead it would jump around my heel and there was also no one thing I could do to stimulate it (except from running/walking). We concluded this would therefore be a bad idea.

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Injury Diary

Coming back from injury is probably one of the most frustrating things in the world. I’m sure that anyone who’s experienced one will agree with me, even if it was just a little niggle that put you out for a week or so. Now try being injured for two years. I’m not trying to outdo anyone or anything like that because trust me I know it could be so much worse, but that doesn’t negate my frustration I have and do still experience.

I have found whilst trying to deal with my own injury troubles that there really is very little out there which you can identify with. You tend to feel as though everyone else (your competitors especially) are getting on and improving whilst you’re stuck in a rut, unable to progress. Whilst this of course is not necessarily true – as I know that now in my age group it is very uncommon for any athlete to be without some sort of niggle, it can still feel this way. Especially since on social media the majority of people want to portray the positive aspects of their lives and training, myself included. This is why I thought it was about time I shared some of my own frustrations and the truth behind living with injuries.

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