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Pain, Pain, Go Away


Sometimes, I really dislike “motivational” sayings.

There is one part of being overweight that particularly sucks. Back, hip, knee, shin, and foot pain. Since all of these body parts are pretty much necessary to the activities in everyday life, let alone working out, it’s a delicate dance of ‘pushing through the pain’ and not overexerting yourself into actual injury.

The catch-22 of course, is that exercise and weight loss are the things that will ease/eliminate the pain. Now, I know you can lose weight strictly through a change in diet, but I’m a firm believer that moderate exercise does a body good. So here I sit, deciding how much pain I’m willing to put up with, in the hopes that it won’t be a problem later.

I have two pains/injuries that I’ve put up with for 10+ years, that are now severely exacerbated by my weight.

  • Hip injury from a cheerleading pyramid FAIL (Cheerleading is dangerous y’all!)
  • Knee injury from dancing

Now I also have:

  •  lower right-side back pain (to go along with my hip pain)
  • shin and calf pain
  • plantar fasciitis in one foot

I know I sound like an old lady complaining about all her many ailments, but well, I’m doing it anyway.

I’m complaining talking about this now, because I have a huge relay race in 2 days. TWO DAYS! Many of you have probably heard of Hood to Coast, the “Mother of All Relays,” but many don’t know that she has a lesser known step-sister called the Portland to Coast race-walking relay. She doesn’t get much attention because, you know, running is cooler than walking, but this will be my third year participating and I’m super excited!

My knee, shins, and foot however, are not. I swear I can feel my shins seizing in rebellion as I sit here writing this…

So my question remains: Where’s the line between just doing it because it already hurts anyway, and overdoing it into an actual injury? Because sometimes the pain does actually mean STOP.

This is one of those weight loss milestone events I’ve talked about before. I had every intention of being svelte and totally in shape by this time so that I wouldn’t have to worry about most of these pains. A few weeks ago I even considered dropping out because I don’t want to cause an actual injury, thus leaving me unable to workout at all. I also (again) don’t want to be the slowest one on my team because of my weight.

Luckily, I’m learning (slowly, but surely!) to shut out the negative voices that tell me I can’t or shouldn’t do something strictly because of my weight. There are ways to minimize the possibility of injuries, so instead of sitting on the sidelines (my previously preferred method) I’m doing it anyway! I will go slower if necessary. I will stretch as often as possible. I will wear my cardboard socks with pride!

I will walk my12.72 miles with a dance in my step, and a grimmace smile on my face, because I get to spend 2 amazing days stuck in a stinky van with 5 wonderful girlfriends, and I wouldn’t give that up for a pain in my foot.

I may not be able to walk come Sunday, but it will be totally worth it, and I’ll have video proof. :)

 Have you ever participated in a distance team relay? How was your experience?
Have you ever “no pain, no gain’ed” yourself into an injury? Was it worth it?

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  • Reply Patty August 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I admire you dedication and you should totally go for it but BE CAREFUL! It hurts too much listen to your both and slow down. Good luck!

    • Reply Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I promise I’ll be careful!! My van isn’t in it for the competition (just the fun!) so if I feel like I need to stop, one of them is totally willing to finish my leg. If I wasn’t in this van, with these friends, I would not be doing it. PROMISE! and thank you! :)

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