There is a truism about running that many enthusiasts would prefer beginners do not know.
No doubt about it, there is a certain amount of pain that you will experience if you decide to make running your exercise of choice. The pain can be as simple as blisters on your feet or it can be more substantial like a stress fracture. If you decide to run, just realize there will be some pain.
However, the good news is that the pain is rarely bad and when you continue to run through the pain, you get a tremendous boost to your self esteem. I’ve had a number of injuries during my joggling streak and none have stopped me…yet. Here is a list of what I’ve run through.
Plantar Fasciitis – Pain in the ankles and feet hurts a lot. On a scale of 1-10, this had to max out at about an 8. Fortunately, plantar fasciitis is treatable and it goes away after a few months (or a year in my case).
Achilles Tendonitis – I developed this one after getting an injury during a kickball game. The injury expanded into Achilles tendonitis after a couple weeks. It took about a year to get better but eventually, it did go away. The pain level was about a 7.
Twisted Ankle – Very painful immediately after it happened. But pretty much went away after 4 days. The pain level maxed out at about a 5. Of course, I’ve had worse ankle injuries that got up to 9 in the pain level.
Chaffing – Moisture plus long runs equal skin chaffing. It stings but goes away after about a week. Pain level around 5.
Blisters – I don’t suffer from listers too often but I’ve had them on a couple of occasions. They are easy enough to treat and they go away in a couple of days.
Shin Splints – I can’t tell but I think I’ve developed sin splints in the last few weeks. These can be painful but it is not too bad yet. Pain level is a 6 at this stage. When I had them in high school the pain level got up to about an 8.
Sore Muscles – Not really an injury but they are a significant source of pain and they could stop any running streak if you let it. Fortunately, I won’t let it. This is the most common type of injury or running pain.
So there you have it. Running hurts but it does not have to stop you. Of course, if you have a really serious injury be sure to get looked at by a doctor before you injure yourself even worse.