On more than one occasion I've had to explain how my injury came to be. I've often joked that I should just print out a card that explains everything. Inevitably, someone will tell me that the reason they don't run is because of all the injuries that happens with running. I usually don't respond to that particular comment, but when I do respond I become quite passionate in defending my sport. More recently, it was someone who is quite athletic who said they don't run because of injuries like mine. Isn't there risk of injury participating in any sport? This same person has hiked up parts of Mount Kilimanjaro, gone white river rafting, plays in recreational league sports, and surfs, amongst other athletic endeavors. Isn't there risk of injury in all of those activities? I know more people who were injured while skiing, playing soccer, or driving (for that matter) than with running. When you get out of bed in the morning you face some sort of risk right away. I'm not suggesting that we all walk around covered in bubble wrap and helmets, either. We're human and we do get injured. What I am saying is that there is risk of injury with any sport, no matter how careful we think we are. I've even discussed my running with some of my doctors, and they all say it is better to keep running than to not run, that the benefits outweigh the risks. I also believe that everyone needs to find that activity that works best for them, and I would never impose running on someone, either. I always tell people to find something, some activity that brings them a sense of well being and joy. On that same note, don't diss my running, either, and try to scare me about injury, because I'm living it right now -- It's the risk I took. Running gives me that sense of well being and joy, and when I'm able, I'll be out there running again, risking it all.
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