How many of you are runners out there? How many of you do crossfit, weights, or workout in some form or fashion?
Did you answer YES to any of those questions?
Okay, so how many of you stretch or foam roll before or after you workout?
How many of you felt some kind of pain and just kept pushing through out, because you were told pain is gain?
This post is for you then!
My recovery story started January 2018, but happened 2 years prior to that. I haven’t posted on here in a while because, well to be honest, I didn’t know what to write since I was trying to figure out who I was again.
I used to be a tried and true runner, crossfitter, biker and hard core work out guru. Well, 2 years ago, one little workout move changed that for me completely.
Let me paint a picture for you….I was working out at crossfit (I was not a hard core crossfitter and I have nothing against anybody who does crossfit, nor do I blame crossfit for my particular injury.) Just someone who wanted to get a good sweaty workout in. I loved to sweat and feel the burn as I was lifting weights. I was doing a normal squat snatch when all of a sudden I heard a “pop”. I didn’t feel anything from it, and wasn’t sure what it was, but immediately put the weight down knowing I probably should pick it back up. I started to foam roll and stretch thinking I might have done something to a muscle.
Fast forward 2 years, 2 MRI’s (one without dye and one with it in my hip), chronic, weird pain in my back and hip from standing all day teaching, not being able to run without pain, (I could bike, which was odd), multiple chiropractor appointments and two steroid injections later…
I finally went to my brother, who is an orthopedic surgeon and said….okay…..something is wrong and we need to figure it out. After the MRI with dye we figured out I had a small tear in my labram. For those of you who have never heard or seen this before….it is a very weird placement to have pain. You will feel pain in your hip and back, but it is right above your hip bone and way deep in your body to where it is hard to target it with massaging and chiropractic care.
Fast forward to 2 months from then and I have surgery and 5-6 months after that I have physical therapy 2 times a week every week. When I asked the doctor what might have caused it, his response “Overuse”.
Overuse!!! There is no way….,but wait, yes there is. Did I always stretch before or after working out..NO! Did I always listen to my body…NO! I guess he is right and I am now paying for it!
Now, after surgery and PT I am able to workout, but I am very aware of my body and when something hurts, I stop. I don’t care how hard I workout as long as I am burning calories and I am not in pain. I do not have a desire like I used to, to be better, but only to be able to listen to my body and get a workout in. I used to run half marathons and do I wish I still could…YES, but I am not in a immediate need to do that.
Now I look at those people I workout with or see working out or those people that sit all day and my first thought is…I wonder if they foam roll or stretch, or I hope they keep their chest up when lifting, that may hurt their back later or I hope they get up at some point today and stretch…sitting can be harmful for you too.
I wrote those short brief look into my story as my hope is, if you feel pain, stop whatever you are doing and listen to your body. Don’t push so hard that you end up having to go through what I went through.
Listen to your body, it does talk to you, just not in a normal speaking fashion.
If you read this and have questions regarding more detail as to what all I went through, I am happy to talk to you and tell you more of my story.