Allie Kieffer sums up exactly how injury feels

And provides some advice on how to cope with those feelings

March 26th, 2019 by | Posted in Health & Nutrition | Tags: , , , ,

Allie Kieffer had a breakout year in 2017, and followed that up with a hugely successful 2018. She was seventh at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon in a personal best of 2:28:12, and was the fourth American woman across the line. 

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Kieffer has sustained several injuries that have caused her to put her 2019 spring season on pause. She wrote on Instagram last week that in the process of fixing a back injury she developed several others injuries. She’s currently dealing with three stress reactions in her second, third and fourth metatarsals, tendinopathy and a lisfranc sprain. The runner was scheduled to race Around the Bay this coming weekend in preparation for the London Marathon on April 28. 

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Life Update🚨 . . The short story: I was experiencing back pain and while treating that problem my foot started hurting🙈. . . The long story: to fix my back I jumped back and forth from the chiropractic table to the treadmill. This helps my therapist see if the manipulation he’s doing is improving my mobility and stride (and decreasing pain) or not, and thus we should stop wasting our time and instead work on a different area. Randomly, one of the times I jumped on the treadmill my foot suddenly hurt. I immediately hopped off, but I couldn’t walk either. I optimistically thought the pain would go away, but after a week with lingering pain I got an X-ray and then an MRI. . . Turns out I have: – 3 stress reactions in my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals. – tendinopathy – a lisfranc sprain. – and ironically no more back pain. . . Injuries suck. I spent a week feeling sorry for myself, eating my feelings, binge watching TV, and frustrated that my inability to run in circles was affecting my happiness. But, whatever, I like to run. It brings me happiness and that’s not trivial. And neither are my goals, or the message I want to spread. So power to all the peeps running towards something! And to all the injured kids out there – “these obstacles are actually opportunities to test ourselves, to try new things, and, ultimately, to triumph” (from the obstacle is the way)! . . Love, Allie

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Kieffer perfectly summed up how the first week of injury feels. She wrote on Instagram, “Injuries suck. I spent a week feeling sorry for myself, eating my feelings, binge watching TV, and frustrated that my inability to run in circles was affecting my happiness. But, whatever, I like to run. It brings me happiness and that’s not trivial. And neither are my goals, or the message I want to spread. So power to all the peeps running towards something! And to all the injured kids out there –“these obstacles are actually opportunities to test ourselves, to try new things, and, ultimately, to triumph” (from The Obstacle is The Way)!”

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The first week of injury is tough. It can feel pretty bleak, especially if it’s looking like your goal race isn’t going to happen. But Kieffer’s message is a good one: take some time to be upset about an injury, but remember that if you learn from it, it’ll likely make you a stronger runner in the end. Also the next time you’re dreading going for a run, remember that there was a time when you weren’t able to, and remember how good it would’ve felt to go for a run that day. 

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