How To Cope With A Running Injury

I’m injured. And I cannot run.


How I’ve been coping with this injury.

  1. Crying
  2. Screaming
  3. Pretending that it’s not that bad
  4. Trying to run through it and making it worse
  5. Crying
  6. Drinking wine
  7. Whining
  8. Shopping
  9. Googling “quick fix” ideas so I can continue to run through it
  10. Staying off the internet
  11. Feeling sorry for myself
  12. Sitting in a dark room
  13. Eating candy corn…damn you Halloween
  14. Crying
  15. Doing Yoga and bitching about doing yoga NAMASTE YOURSELF!
  16. Being angry
  17. Being told to chillax
  18. Getting angrier
  19. Considering just getting 40 more cats and becoming a cat lady and never running again
  20. Binge watching Netflix
  21. Knitting sweaters out of cat fur
  22. Downloading every Candy Crush game possible and INVITING EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK TO PLAY
  23. Crying
  24. Drinking wine
  25. Whining

Two weeks ago(and 12 weeks into my training for Twin Cities Marathon), I had an incredible last long run. I did my final(and third) 20 miler at the exact pace I was training for to end the intense part of my training. I’ve ran injury free for 20+ years, my pace has increased, I’ve qualified for Boston, and this training was easy and fun. I felt ready to race in just a few weeks.




…after I rested for a day and hit the streets for a short four miles, my ankle felt sore. Not strangely sore – but still sore. I brushed it off to being stiff after my long run, or just a little stiff because the morning air was cool and I know that at nearly 47 year old, sometimes my body just needs more time to warm up.




…my ankle remained stiff all week and by Friday it was more than stiff…it was sore. So I took Saturday off from running to rest it a bit before heading out for 13 miles last Sunday morning. My ankle hurt from the first steps out of my house and continued to hurt through mile 13. Why I decided to tough it out – I don’t know…but I knew that something was really wrong. I hobbled in at 13 miles at barely a 9 min mile pace. STILL in denial though, I took two days off to rest and hit the pavement again last Wednesday. I could only run with a limp..which I knew would happen as I could only walk with a limp for the past few days. So I turned around and came home and brought up Dr. Google. And then a PT friend reached out to me to come in after I posted on Instagram about my injury. It turns out I have peroneal tendonitis. It hurts to walk. It hurts to run. It hurts to think about it. So I’m full-on R.I.C.E -ing and still crying…and trying to stay positive that with complete rest I will be there lining up on the starting line for TC Marathon 2015 this coming Sunday.


It’s the 20th anniversary of my very first marathon – and I was suppose to be there finishing and celebrating.




..instead I might be there as a volunteer and celebrating all of you…while I heal completely so I can kick some ass at Boston in 2016.


In the meantime I’m biking, stretching, and trying yoga again. And going crazy. You know that runners are crazy and stubborn, right? I’m not sure if we get that way from running or our unique personalities draw us to running.


Have you had tendonitis before… and please tell me it does get better? Because I totally suck at this sitting around knitting sweaters out of cat fur thing.


About Tracy

My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at

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  1. says

    Oh gosh, I’m so sorry 🙁 I’ve trained for NYCM three times and have never made it to the start line. Torn hamstring, cancellation and then another injury. I totally feel your pain! Hope you heal soon! Wish I had better advice or words of wisdom but the only thing I can think of us: wine. Lots of wine.

  2. says

    I hate this for you and I know how frustrating this must be. So sad you may not make it this weekend, but that’s ok……..get better instead and save yourself for boston. Crying is good.

  3. kristi says

    Please take care and don’t push it, your body will tell you what you need to do.

    But oh how it SUCKS.

    I will drink wine with you.

    And I am totally on board with you for Boston, so let’s start planning our fun and buy our tickets!

  4. Just Dad says

    You – listen to your body. Boston you haven’t done! TCM you have done more than once. Make sure that ankle works before you make it worse. I know you like and support Listen To Your Mother! This comment means:—–
    “Listen To Your Father”

  5. says

    Love those last couple photos!!! Stubbornness is real, its how I crossed grandma’s marathon in 5:58 in 2013. But its better to think long term, and yoga and cheering so you can have Boston sounds like a great idea!
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  6. says

    I can’t even allow candy corn into my house. Damn Halloween. I can stay strong against a lot, but candy corn? I have no hope.

    I’m a big believer in wine. And ignoring the injury while making it worse. Last Saturday, I went out for a trail run — I stubbed my toe & took a tumble. My knees are nice & skinned now. But they’re fine . . . I could be running. But the toe I stubbed? Well, I’m afraid it might be broken. But there’s nothing you can do for a broken toe, so I’m just going about (though I haven’t been running since — that’s more one of lack of scheduled time than “trying to get better”).

    Enjoy the wine. Do as much yoga as possible. Get yourself healthy. Know you have my sympathies.
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  7. says

    Oh Tracy. I’m so sorry. Injuries are so so freaking frustrating and I’m right there with you now. I was so excited to get back to running after shoulder surgery and was being smart about my comeback – run/walk, running 5 min increments, running so few miles a week I didn’t know if it even counted. And then my Achilles started talking back to me and it’s been about 3-4 months now. Tendonitis is a bitch and honestly, rest and working on strengthening some of the underlying imbalances are what I’m focusing on because relapsing? SUCKS. Sending so much love to you!! And patience.

  8. says

    Ever since I left that “silver lining” comment on your Facebook post, I’ve felt like shit.
    There’s nothing worse than someone gushing about the bright side when you’re this sad.

    I’m so sorry, T.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.