Believe me, I’ve heard it before. So my friends and I run outside all winter long. And yes, the sub-zero temperatures and snow storm after snow storm have made this winter a bit more challenging than most. But they’ve also made running all the more essential. Those shared miles on the road were my saving grace, my time with friends, my sanity, and how I successfully conquered the season…until I fell. No, I did not slip on ice (thank you, Yaktrax), but instead was sent flying (and then crashing) by a dog that ran across the street from behind.
It’s been almost three weeks and recovering is my new full-time job. My hip is significantly improved, my hands have healed (at least on the surface), and my shoulder…well…that’s going to take some time. So with a bit of time on my hands, I’ve done a little bit of reflecting, and here’s what I’ve learned:
1. I am not the type who can watch winter through the window. Being part of it makes me feel invigorated and positive (for a lot less $$ than therapy).
2. My accident was the incident that made me attend to an injury that’s been building up for years.
3. The body wants to heal. My job is to set it up so that it can.
4. Healing takes a village – family, friends, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and even the dog.
5. It pays to be strong and fit. This could have been so much worse. Phew!
6. Everything is connected. Body, mind, food, water, chi…it all works together (a good excuse for slacking off on work a bit). ; )
7. When I am recovered, I will have healed so much more than just my shoulder.
8. It’s not a good idea to ski with a rotator cuff injury, even if it’s school vacation (included this one to try to convince myself!)
9. Walking the dog isn’t running, but it’s good for the soul (and the dog).
10. Running never feels better than the first day back. (Yes, today I ran for the first time in three weeks and I think I could have kept going forever!)
Last but definitely not least, I will heal. Even if none of the above ring true for you, I promise that believing you will heal, no matter the imbalance, is the most important ingredient.
Eat clean live well!