Yesterday something clicked. I’m not really sure how, but it did. And I’m really glad, because I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
During my workout yesterday (which was chest/back), I was reaching for some weights when I felt my hamstring pull. Now this was AFTER I had warmed up, stretched, and already done my chest sets. I was simply moving on to my back. I wasn’t even lifting when it happened, I was reaching.
And I pulled a muscle.
At first, I was really mad. Like really really mad. I threw down my weights and yelled a not so nice word (which I quickly sent up a quick prayer for forgiveness for). But then I wasn’t mad. After I sat down and massaged my aching leg for a while, I just broke down. What the heck am I doing to myself?
This is the 3rd injury I’ve gotten in the past two weeks. None of them are major, and none of them require anything special other than rest. But of course, rest is something I’m not very good at.
My Current Injuries:
Left Wrist – I think this happened during my boxing session last week, but it hasn’t been right since. I actually broke this wrist in high school, but never got it casted because I was in the middle of soccer season and didn’t want to miss any games (can’t play with a cast). So instead I just wore a soft cast, and I’m pretty sure it never healed right. Anyway, I think I aggravated that last week boxing, and now I cant support my weight on that wrist. That means no pushups, no planks, no mountain climbers, ect. Not too big a deal though, I can still lift weights and run.
Right Quad – I pulled this one last week during 1 leg squats. No weight, just my own body weight, and it just gave out on me. Since then it has been extremely sore and tight, but it’s gotten better, and I can actually run on it now.
Neck – I don’t sleep well, so I toss and turn a lot, which means my neck ends up in all sorts of crazy positions sometimes. For about a month now, the left side of my neck gets this shooting pain in it. It comes randomly, and usually happens when I’m just sitting down watching TV.
Left Hamstring – Pulled it reaching for a weight. It seized up on me instantly, and I’ve been hobbling since. Limited to walking and light stretching/yoga.
Anyone think this is slightly ridiculous? Because I do. Now I’m used to playing injured. I did it all throughout high school. My soccer career was one injury after another. And I was ok with it back then.
But pulling a muscle simply reaching for something? I’m so not ok with that.
Clearly my body is trying to tell me something. That its tired. That it needs rest. That it wants to try something different.
So it’s time for some changes. BIG changes. It’s time to reevaluate my goals and desires. It’s time to make a plan for my body. It’s time for me to actually respect myself enough to want to heal.
I don’t know how to do it. I don’t know where to even begin. I just know it has to be done.
How do you listen to your body when it’s telling you enough is enough?
What kind of special care do you give yourself to avoid injuries/overuse?