“Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

Training. Training. And more training. I start doing two training sessions per day. The more I train, the more I want to train. I want to get strong, lots of races coming up. Training to not only run those races, but to win them. And for a moment I forget to listen to my body…

Saturday morning. Get up early to train. I start to run (doing everything the same as always) and there is nothing!!! I cannot run; it feels like a hamstring injury. I go back home. Maybe I must just rest for a few days. O, yes…. Listen to your body. Maybe my body needs rest.

I rest for 3 days, and decide that I’m ready to run again. I go out early morning and there is nothing again. What is going on? Maybe more rest and some cold and hot treatment on the hammie (not that I know anything about hot and cold treatment). A week past; 2 weeks. No training. I just cannot run.

Option B – we have to go to a phisio. I get there; explain what I’m experiencing and her words to me: “No, sorry, this is not a muscle, not a hamstring injury….. This is a hip”. She makes appointment at the doctor. A week later, I get to the doctor. X-tray’s and MRI’s. I have a stress fracture in my hip. 8 weeks on crutches and then I need to go back to the doctor.

I feel disappointed, but the doctor said that I can swim a little. At least I can stay fit and still do some sort of training. I get my head around not running or cycling and just doing a bit of swimming every now and then. 8 weeks past and I’m so excited. I get to the doctor and after an examination of my hip; he gives me the go ahead to cycle a bit. I’m so relieved. We are getting there. He explains to me that I need to rest my hip for another 6 weeks before starting to run SLOWLY. I obey…

After six weeks I start to run slowly, but my hip does not want me to run. YES, I LISTEN TO MY BODY. Back to the doctor, more rest. No running.

6 months late… I’m slowly getting back into running now. Really slowly; listening to my body…

I had failure, cancelling many races. Races that I dreamed of winning. But I have learned to listen to my body and learned from my failure. So, for me I’ve achieved success. I’ve entered new races, with new dreams, a stronger body, mind and hip!!