It’s almost a month that I‘ve been dealing with Achilles tendonitis. The recovery process
is going well now, but it took me a while to get there. Quite frankly, I was
frustrated a lot of times. I missed (and still miss) running a ton. But on the
other side, this injury is a chance to learn and to grow. I will spare you the
details of this journey and jump right to the take-away. Here’s what the injury
has taught me so far:
If you have to take pain killers to get through a workout, don’t do it.
If you have to numb the pain with pills to work out, you are not
treating the cause of the problem and as long as you ignore the cause, you will
not get rid of the pain.
Listen to your body and do what is right for you.
Pain is a signal your body sends to tell you that something is wrong.
Listen to it instead of numbing the pain with pills. Your body is amazingly
intelligent and you are much better off listening to what it has to say
Believe in yourself and remember that you are strong.
Sometimes it is good to listen to what other people have to say about
you (it might be a chance to become a better version of yourself). But other
times, it is better to not let the words of others pull you down. Injuries and
pain are not a sign of weakness.
Run for yourself.
Remember that even if you’re obligated to run, you are still doing it
Be patient and give yourself time to recover fully.
It is better to let an injury heal completely instead of starting back
too early because of impatience. Skipping one hard workout is always better
than making it worse and having to pause for a couple more days.
Have a positive mindset.
Injuries are a hard time for every athlete. But a journey like this is never just a straight road. There are mountains to overcome and rivers to cross. Don’t be scared of the obstacles in your way. Rather, be ready to learn how to work with them. Because even if it is hard to get through such a time, you are always a little wiser in the end.
I am beyond grateful for all of these lessons, although it hurt sometimes. I will come back
stronger – mentally and physically.