Happy Monday morning,
I have been running for over 20 years injury free and I am very thankful to have had such a great stretch. Like all good things, they must come to an end or change form.
I ran a 5k Color run and with over 10,000 participants it was sure to be a fun day out. Simple idea, start the race with a white shirt and end the race with a much more colourful shirt to bring home. They ran the course in a large rural area, which makes a lot of sense, as there is a lot of mess created by all of the powdered colours thrown at you during the race. The course itself was quite uneven & bumpy in places, but I ran it without a hitch and didn’t notice and soreness post race. The next day I went on a 6k hike (problem free) in the Gatineau Hills and rounded out what was a really terrific weekend.
I woke up 2 days later with a lot of pain in my right calf, I put some A535 on it expecting it to heal itself, but as the week progressed it became more painful. I arranged to get a massage and the person suggested that I had strained my calf muscle. Then, I was speaking with the very athletic George on my Vancouver team and explained my injury to him and he suggested that I see a sports therapist.
A few weeks ago, I talked about the risk of googling self diagnosis & the value of seeking out an expert. A massage therapist is not an expert in sport’s injuries. Today I went to see my sports therapist Steve and after he did a full exam, he determined it wasn’t a calf issue at all, but nerve damage to my lower back, sustained from the uneven ground of the race course. He made some adjustments & gave me some exercises to follow up on.
My point is that not only should we seek out experts, but experts who are specialists. For instance, a number of people will reach out to life coaches to discuss career related matters, the challenge within this option is that they are more generalists than specialist. They are like the massage therapist I saw, who deal with the multiple elements of your life, where only one aspect is your career. If you have a career or leadership challenges it is imperative that you seek out an expert in that area. I could have saved myself 2 weeks of pain and got on the road to recovery much quicker if I had seen a Sports Therapist to start.
Steve’s treatment made an immediate impact on my pain level & gave me the proper exercises to help with the nerve issues. I left his office feeling much better and with peace of mind that I will be back on track quickly.
Here at CareerJoy we do the same thing, we can isolate what the core issues of your career are & help you devise a specific plan that can help you get your career back on track.
Doing my stretches, along the road with you!
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