There is something about physical pain that brings the demons out to play. Today they run untamed. I spent the past five months with my head down, focused on rebuilding my body and slowly increasing training so I could stand in the starting corral as a competitor again. I played recovery by the books. I spent countless hours foam rolling and doing foundational strength exercises. I track my HRV daily to avoid overstressing my body. I reintroduced running slowly. I did so much pre-hab that progress seemed slow. I constantly wrestled my inner competitor, that somehow still exists, to accept that slow and steady would win the race. And yet, three days ago my body completely betrayed me and my back seized up with no warning.
Emilie Jones is an OCR athlete on a mission to become an Elite racer. Follow her journey through this blog and on social media.