Injuries and High School Break-Ups. How to Deal with One of Them.

12 Oct

Exercise is kind of like dating in high school.

When you start out, you’re not really sure where it’s going to go. But once you commit, you’re so in love with the effects. You’re always on a natural high, you can’t wait to see them again and you’re constantly thinking about how you’ll include them into your day.

Whether or not the coveted promise ring was presented, high school relationships usually don’t last. Or they at least hit rocky patches.




The break-up signs become obvious. He doesn’t return your phone calls. You get needy and anxious, and talk about the impending break-up non-stop to your friends.

*Cue Tony Rich Project Music*

Ok, maybe I just had terrible high school relationships (husband and sister nod in agreement), but the same effects take shape when your body decides to dump you for an injury.

Your body doesn’t respond to you when you want it to, you start to try even harder to make it work and you will talk about your injuries with anyone who walks by the couch.

It’s common sense to give up on the bad boyfriend, but what do you do about exercise when your body dumps you for an injury?

Think about the advice your mother would have given you when you got dumped in high school. Now adapt it to your injury:

1. Look on the inside. It’s not you, it’s me. Typical break-up lingo. When a high school boyfriend gives you this line, there’s usually an underlying reason, and it doesn’t hurt to reflect on your own actions. Did you take things too quickly? Did you try to make things work even though you know it was going too fast? Putting on too much mileage or working out too many days in a row will bring on injury. Reflect on changes you have made with your workouts and determine how they could have brought on said injury.

2. Don’t eat all the Ice Cream in the house. Sure, you can’t lace up your runners. But sitting around the house doesn’t mean you can eat whenever, and whatever, you want. Resting for recovery means you’re not burning as many calories as you would be if you were exercising regularly. Take that into consideration when assessing your daily caloric intake. While you may be down in the dumps about your injury, basking in a pint of ice cream only leads to even more sad feelings and a bad sugar hangover.

3. Shut up, Already. ‘Ok, I get it. Your leg hurts. It hurts when you walk. When you sleep. When you eat. When you think. When you whine.’ ‘These thoughts were running through my husband’s head last week when I was dealing with a pinched leg nerve. Of course you’ll get sympathy over a break-up, but droning on and on about it only gets you annoyed loved ones. Whether it’s about a break-up or an injury, Kathleen Casey said it well: Pain is evident. Suffering is optional.

4. Make Yourself Stronger. As my good friend Alfie Tennyson once said: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. The same can be said for your injury. Your injury demonstrates weak links in your body. Use this as a learning experience and build on your weaknesses. Sore knee? Then perhaps it’s a hip weakness. Pulled your back? Work on strengthening your core. Getting an assessment by a professional will help you better understand why you got the injury and how you can avoid it in the future.

As for solving your high school boyfriend problems? That, I don’t know.


2 Responses to “Injuries and High School Break-Ups. How to Deal with One of Them.”

  1. Michelle Pye October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    LOVED this blog!I actually just read it out loud to my fashion class (a class full of 16 year old girls) and they loved it too! I also love that you quotes one of my relatives (Alfie Tennyson). He is my great great uncle (I may be missing a 3rd great in there lol). My dads side of the family are all Tennyson’s 🙂 This blog just made my day since ive been recovering from injuries for months now! great insight 🙂

    • Cat's Cove Writing Services October 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      Alfred Tennyson is your ancestor?! AMAZING!!!
      So glad you liked the blog – doesn’t it all make sense?! High school heartache was preparing us for running injuries. If only we knew this at the time…

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