Senior Runners: Got Pains?
|Some months ago I developed gout in a big toe. Either as a result (since I could not get appropriate medication right away) or along with came plantar faciitis. I stopped running...too painful. Now several months later I was getting wandering pains all over my body, particularly in one leg and my back. I was frustrated. I believed the problem was "getting old" and there was nothing I could do except resign myself to my fate. In the last couple weeks I went back to the gym and to running. If I was going to hurt...too bad...at least I would enjoy some of life. To my surprise, the pain generally went away or decreased. Even the plantar was not some painful. (The gout went away a long time ago.) Suddenly I realized I had failed to pay attention.
My triathlete son's motto is: "Pay attention to injury, not pain." Granted pain could be telling you of injury or impending injury, but I had no injury...just wandering pain. (No, I am not a hypochondriac, although I began to wonder.) If there is a lesson here for you, take it!