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My Injury Ruined My Track Season


I’ve been doing track since seventh grade,
but I didn’t fall in love with it until sophomore year. And ever since sophomore
year, I’ve been doing winter and spring track. Distance is my thing. I’m really
good at the 1600 and 3200. After sophomore year sports awards, my
coach told me to stay in shape and run during the summer. So I made a schedule
to run every other day. I would run on the sidewalk outside of my house and
around the neighborhood. My dad eventually told me to run every single day, because
he said I had nothing better to do, and since I really didn’t have anything better to do, I
started to listen to him. Fast-forward to November and winter track season starts,
but my ankle is in slight pain. After a long run, my foot really started to hurt
and I was limping, so I rested for a few days, thinking it wasn’t that big of a
deal. During the county meet, my foot was starting to feel better and I was gearing
up to run the 1600 and 3200. We lined up for the 1600, and I was feeling pretty
confident, and then the race started. And I was actually doing really good. I was
in first for the most part, but then a kid passed me coming on to the second to
last lap, and then the last lap, I passed him up, and I almost won, but he passed
me at the last minute. But I still got my fastest time. However, after the race, I
could hardly walk because my foot was in so much pain, and the coach pulled me from
the 3200. The next day, I was pulled from school and I had to go to the doctor
because my limping was so bad. We took an x-ray, and it was revealed that I broke
one of my metatarsals. The metatarsals are the bones leading up to your toes.
The doctor put me in a boot and I was out for the rest of winter. I was really hoping
I’d be back in time for spring. I’ve never broken a bone before so I never
experienced it, but, after more recent appointments to the doctor, he kept
saying that my foot still wasn’t getting any better. So when I actually could run
in April, I was actually on and off because my foot was still kind of
hurting. I had to wrap my foot every single time I ran. But my times are
really bad, and what sucked about it the most, in winter, I was part of this really
good relay team, and we actually broke the record for winter track in our
school. But because I couldn’t really run, a freshman who was
really good at distance took my spot, and they actually broke the record without
me. It was definitely the hardest season to get through because this kid was
basically replacing me and I thought I couldn’t do anything about it. Now, my
foot is starting to feel better and I’m hoping to come back for winter and
spring track next year. I actually took up soccer so I could be more sports
oriented and work my body in a different way, so I’m not just hammering myself doing
the same thing every single day. The moral of the story is not to push
yourself too hard, because if you do, you’re gonna end up hurting yourself.
Take days off and adjust the schedule based to how you think you can perform
in practice, because you don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines while someone
replaces you.

Cesar Sullivan

100 thoughts on “My Injury Ruined My Track Season

  1. I’m a “former” runner. I ran for a few years (I only stopped running for two months so I may get back into it although it’s much harder than it sounds). I never got injured but the running exhausted me. I really never liked it. Kudos to this guy!

    I was also a distance girl, in both cross country and track and meets gave me so much anxiety. I’m taking a break from competitive running, maybe even forever but not really sure yet, but I might start running on my own again, at my own pace.

    Especially in distance it is a very difficult sport and although I’ve never been severely injured thankfully, I’ve seen a lot of people who get very sore knees, (I have runner’s knee in both my knees but honestly I never really feel pain the majority of the time) pulled hamstrings and other pulled muscles. Some injuries can ruin their season like this guy’s – it’s pretty common to see a few people have this happen to them, unfortunately.
    When running, even landing your foot on the ground in a position that might seem normal to you may be totally wrong and you could get hurt.

    So, my point? Be careful in any sport. Try to set your own goals and take as much pressure off of yourself as you can. Be proud of yourself. ❤️

    Although this was really random, thanks for reading if you did, and if you did I genuinely mean that I’m really happy that you did! 😀

  2. I’m a “former” runner. I ran for a few years (I only stopped running for two months so I may get back into it although it’s much harder than it sounds). I never got injured but the running exhausted me. I really never liked it. Kudos to this guy!

    I was also a distance girl, in both cross country and track and meets gave me so much anxiety. I’m taking a break from competitive running, maybe even forever but not really sure yet, but I might start running on my own again, at my own pace.

    Especially in distance it is a very difficult sport and although I’ve never been severely injured thankfully, I’ve seen a lot of people who get very sore knees, (I have runner’s knee in both my knees but honestly I never really feel pain the majority of the time) pulled hamstrings and other pulled muscles. Some injuries can ruin their season like this guy’s – it’s pretty common to see a few people have this happen to them, unfortunately.
    When running, even landing your foot on the ground in a position that might seem normal to you may be totally wrong and you could get hurt.

    So, my point? Be careful in any sport. Try to set your own goals and take as much pressure off of yourself as you can. Be proud of yourself. ❤️

    Although this was really random, thanks for reading if you did, and if you did I genuinely mean that I’m really happy that you did! 😀

  3. My brother literally was in this same situation. He broke both his legs due to stretch fractures. He ran every day which caused his injuries (the sumb couch told him to run a bunch of miles every single day). Our school won state for cross country, but my brother was on the sidelines. It was hard on my brother too.

  4. Track ruined my foot as well. I'm a sprinter, but my coach decided to have me try long distance. Big mistake. My tendons got strained and I could barely run. When All City came around, I got 5th. My very best time would have beaten All City's first place time. It was because of my injured foot. It's been 4 months and I am still not fully healed. It really sucks.

  5. Me: makes it through the high jump
    Teacher: Okay your gonna be competing
    a day before competition
    Teacher: Oh sorry you didn't come yesterday and we picked somebody else
    In my mind: "sorry?" you bet your ass sorry!….

    I really wanted to compete…

  6. awe i ran long distance track from grade 5 to grade 8 and it was how everyone knew me in grade seven i found out i had developed sport induced asthma which is asthma but i only get asthma attacks when i run at first it was okay and i could run but at my track meet in grade 7 i got an asthma attack and then in grade 8 i became really paranoid with running and this past year grade 9 i stopped running track its sad because it was my favourite sport and thing to do but i mean what do you do

  7. What other people hear: I've been doing track since seventh grade.

    What I hear: I've been doing drugs since seventh grade.

  8. I once broke my fifth metatarsal, which is your pinkie toe. Yeah. It was freaking painful. I was only on crutches for about a week in a half though. Then I transferred to a boot. I don't know how people can even use crutches for months. I almost died having them for only a week and a half. I had awful rashes from where the crutches would scrape against my armpits. Yeah that was fun.

  9. I could relate to this :(( My internal injury by my abdomen ruined my dance life and I missed my chance joining our dance varsity at school 😭 I couldn't dance in like 1-2 years and I'm scared to loose my skills.

  10. The Actual Moral of the Story :
    be a lazy pig and lie on the sofa the whole day so you don’t get hurt

  11. This happened to me literally yesterday for my running trials and I had a ingrown toenail and I still need it taken out and I was in front then at the end it started really hurt.

  12. I have to say that you should be happy when someone takes your spot, because you take yourself to the deadly track.
    Have 2 days of running, 2 days of rest and 3 days of playing video games.

  13. I do horse riding and my riding place had a little competition and I did all the training and the competition with a sore thigh muscle, I didn't tell anyone and his the fact that I had a sore thigh 😅 I don't regret it tho, I came 2nd on a stubborn horse, won't do it again tho 😂

  14. Wow! I can't even imagine how painful that would've been! You didn't lose even a little of the interest in the sport because of which you got injured and looks like you don't want your ankle to heal soon because you're in pain but because you wanna run again. You're such an inspiration! 🤩✨👏👏👏

  15. I have a similar story. So I had PDHPE on the oval and the grass was wet cuz it rained that morning but my teacher still wanted us to play on it. Fast forward and I was chasing the ball and slipped. While slipping I heard a crack and thats when I realised something bad has happened. I couldn’t get up let alone walk. I was sent home and after going to the doctors to get x rays done, it turns out I fractured my ankle. I was disadvantaged, didn’t go to school for a week or so, I also made it to the next round of running that was the week after I fractured my ankle and I was devastated about the fact I couldn’t do it anymore. Especially considering the fact that I tried very hard to pass the qualifiers and I felt useless. My ankle is recovering and I am able to walk but still gotta wear the boot. It comes off in a few more weeks!

  16. No one:
    Emo "relateable"teen/kids:
    Me:mom i broke my spine
    Mom: its bcus of that god*DAME* phone

    BASE ON TRUE STORY 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    👇

  17. Wow! I cannot believe this, just a week ago I broke one of my metacarpals! (The hadn’t version of that) It put me out of squad swimming and basketball 💀 and ofc it’s my right hand.

  18. Its kinda painful when you see yourself being replaced by someone else and they do a better job than you, it’s more painful than physical injuries

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