Sugoi Brand Champion Update
Running Away from Injury
by Sugoi Brand Champion Andrea Bird
July 4, 2013
Ottawa Race Weekend 2012 ended in disaster. I can still remember clearing the 3K sign on the 10K route, when a sudden, severe pain on the right side of my groin took hold. In the coming days, I would learn my injury was a “Grade III Adductor Tear”. I spent the summer of 2012 sporting Sugoi Piston compression shorts and tights, all while undergoing rehabilitation. No matter what your impression of compression gear, I can truly attest a tight fit helps an ailing muscle.
By September 2012, I was given the go-ahead to commence a run/walk program. It was slow going at best, but I had a goal: Run the Half Marathon at Rock ‘N Roll Montreal.
Running in Montreal gave me the confidence boost I needed to put the 20th Walt Disney World Marathon back on my calendar. You see, before I succumbed to injury, we had booked a two week family vacation around Disney’s 2013 Marathon Weekend. My boys (Pierce, age 4 and Duncan, age 6) intended to participate in the Kids Races and Mickey Mile, Duncan was slated to run the 5K at my side, and I wanted to wrap up with the Marathon.
Armed with a training plan from my physical therapist, and the support of my family, Disney proved it is indeed the most “Magical Place on Earth”. From the 5K with Duncan, to my solo 42.2K around the parks, I experienced not a single hint of pain. My leg was getting stronger!
As we moved forward in 2013, the running bug took hold of Duncan (now age 7). Sporting his new pair of Sugoi Piston tights and minimalist shoes, we started training together. Through snow and rain, heat and humidity, Duncan proved time and time again he was motivated and dedicated. With his mileage adding up, it was time to enter some races: Spring Fling Running Thing 5K; Where’s Franktown? 5K; Ottawa Race Weekend 5K, Kids Marathon, HM; Perth Kilt Run 8K; and the Canada Day Road Races. Duncan was also honoured to be a torchbearer for the Marathon Flame relay at Ottawa Race Weekend.
All told, running with Duncan has been humbling. He challenges me to push beyond my perceived limits, and champions my endeavours as I continue to recover from injury. Above all, his carefree outlook is proof running is truly one of life’s simple pleasures. With this in mind, I am reminded every single time I lace up… we are all incredible!