Setback Before I Even Start - (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

I had high hopes for beginning my 5K training! But I've been side-lined before I could even start. And it's all thanks to my klutziness.


I’ve been called a lot of things in my time. Graceful is not something I hear a lot in reference to me. I’m actually kind of a klutz. And this time, it’s going to put me behind on my new 5K goal.
Last week, I decided I’d given my bum knee a long enough break from running to work back into it. My plan was to take the next 9 weeks and really work up to the Run To The Shrine 5K on May 21st at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
But now I’m worried… and it’s all because of my klutziness.
Here’s what happened: I hit The Incline on Thursday with my friend Tori. It was a gorgeous day out. I made great time up. We ran about half-way down and then took our time chatting and enjoying the day. I felt great! No knee problems. No woes. No nothing. And then I was getting in my car. And that’s when I fell. That’s right! I made it all the way up and then down The Incline. And I fell getting into my car. I fell smack on my bum knee on the concrete and then scraped it real good before I finally came to a stop. Arghhhhh!!!!!! It hurt. But that first day it was just the stinging from the scrape that bugged me. Then the next day a bruise started forming right below it. And then the next day it started to hurt when I’d get out of a chair. Then Sunday, it hurt as I sat down AND got out of a chair. And today, it just plain hurts.
To say I’m bummed is putting it lightly. I was really feeling strong. And now my knee makes me feel all puny again. But I don’t want it to get worse. So I’m taking a break from ALL workouts. (I pushed through my Insanity program yesterday. But I’m thinking that may not be smart today.)
The rest of my plan involves a steady diet of ibuprofen and ice packs for my knee. I’m wearing a knee brace. I’m also wearing a sad face. This was not how I planned the beginning of my training.
It’s two steps forward… three steps back. But I’m determined to take care of my knee now. And hopefully stay in the race!
Have you ever had an injury mess with you? What did you do?? I need some inspiration!!!
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