Injury Sucks!

With vacation plans to Zion National Park approaching extremely quick. I’m sitting here wondering how well I’m going to be able to move and enjoy Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks as I nurse a painful and ridiculous injury.

Monday after lunch, I decided to take a quick stroll on the longboard along the bike path outside my office. Unfortunately, the stroll started with a sudden fall, leaving my rear end in pain! No bruise has shown up yet, but my tail bone hurts at the movement of bending. I haven’t been to the gym in three days, haven’t been able to bike or run, and am now just hoping that I can hike in another week.

Sitting on my rear, not moving is almost more painful than the pain itself though. I want to get outside, move around, exercise and basically just not sit in front of the computer or lay on the couch watching TV. However, I know sitting doing nothing is the best solution, especially if I want to be able to move around next week. I’ve been out before with an IT band injury, which is another one that haunts you and laughs at you as you try and recover as fast as possible.

Do you have any stupid injury stories to share? Ones that you have no visible injury from and that you feel like a total idiot for even getting injured from in the first place?

Get Your Gear Dirty

Asics GEL Scout - dirty, just like they should be!

Asics GEL Scout – dirty, just like they should be!

The other day, my wife and I were walking through one of the local REI stores and over heard a guy talking to a salesman about a backpack he was interested in buying. He seemed to enjoy the fit and features of the pack, but he had one question for the salesman that baffled me, “will this get dirty when I hike?”. My wife and I both heard the question and as we walked away, looked at each other with the look of “duh” on our face as the pack the guy was looking to buy was whiter than new pair of socks!

It seems that everybody enjoys getting new gear. We pay top dollar for performance, fit, function, brand, and style yet we all fear the day it gets dirty for some reason. I mean this gear is meant to be used outside on a trail, scaling a rock wall, or shredding the slopes of your local mountain. So why do you care if it gets dirty? Shouldn’t it be a badge of honor if your gear is dirtier than someone else? I mean after all that brand new Gore-Tex jacket is $500 for a reason, and that reason is not to sit in your closet or solely be worn on the city streets in light showers.

I’ve personally had this same fear of getting new gear dirty myself. Until recently, I’d buy a new pair of shoes and try to keep them clean, for daily use, while using my older more worn out pair for hiking. But I’ve finally grown out of this, and realized that I’m paying good money for gear that I want to perform at it’s best for me. So who cares if it gets dirty?! The dirtier the gear is the more I pushed myself and the gear. And guess what, I kicked butt doing it!

Trail running is a great example of buying gear that is going to get dirty instantly. You run on trails rain or shine, and it’s only a matter of seconds before you step in a pit of mud and have your shoes caked with dirty water, pine needles, and filthy dirt. You might cringe at the damp socks that are now inside your shoes turning your feet in to raisins, but you push on and soon enough you could care less how muddy and dirty you and your shoes are. You are in your own element and happy to be using your shoes or any other piece of outdoor gear the way it was meant to be used, outside.

Now go out and get your gear dirty!