Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Injured? Examine your foundation
I’ve been battling, enduring, putting up with, and trying to ignore a nagging case of Achilles tendonitis in my left ankle. I’ve dealt with this kind of injury in the past. I even wrote about it in my latest book, The Hard Run. I ignored it for some time because I was very focused on getting over a case of sciatica that was making me want to cry! When the sciatica improved, the tendonitis was brought into focus. (There is another lesson.) I scaled back my mileage and purchased new shoes. I’ve been using Vitamin I and Deep Blue, but the inflammation is still present. Tendonitis is like that – it hangs on for a long time.Yesterday I was somehow impressed to examine the soles of my new running shoes for wear patterns. (We runners get a little obsessed with our shoes!) Guess what? All the wear was on the heel of the left shoe indicating that I have been heel striking with my left foot – pounding away at the inflamed tendon. Experience has taught me that if I correct my gait I will eliminate the cause of the injury. It will take some time to heal completely, but I will no longer be aggravating the injury. I look forward to improvement!
What can we learn from this running injury?When you are fighting a battle in life and feel that you are not making any progress, it might be wise to examine your foundation. Are you doing something while in pursuit of a worthy goal that is preventing you from achieving that goal? Are you going about it from the wrong direction? Perhaps you need to change your approach.
Question: Can you share an example of a change of behavior that improved your success?