Runners Notes
By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: December 6th, 2011
Hello, darkness, my old friend….

I hesitated to write this post for my other blog — A Touch of Cass — because, frankly, I know people who are dealing with much more traumatizing and debilitating and challenging circumstances than my on-going butt/hamstring/hip woes.

I have friends and family battling chronic illnesses who would give anything to walk a mile, let alone run one. I know mothers who are consumed with worry about their child’s cancer diagnosis, not fitting in 5 quality miles. I know there are people worried about providing the basics  — food, shelter, water — for their family.

And, yet, I feel sorry for myself because the thing I need most, I can’t enjoy now. And, I figure if anyone can understand how an injury “ruins” your life (even temporarily), you will.

P.S. I did make an appointment with a sports medicine doctor recommended by several friends. Here’s hoping she can get to the bottom of this — pun intended.

* Does an injury consume your every waking thought, too?

* What do you do when you’re injured? Rest? Lift weights? Macrame? Watercolor?

* Do you find yourself growing meaner every day you don’t run?

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