The next time you have a nagging ache or pain, consider the following story. I tell it not to show you how stupid I am, but to help you in case something similar pops up. This is a true story.
For the past year, I've had a nagging left knee injury. I've tried ice, heat, different shoes, etc. Nothing worked. I was about to finally seek help at a sports medicine facility. But the other day on one of my training runs, I noticed something.
For the better part of the past year, I've been doing a lot of running over on the Eastern High School track, because it's really soft and spongy, so it's more comfortable for my old bones. I was noticing, on lap 12, how much my left knee and shin hurt again, when it finally hit me: I have always run around the track in the conventional counter-clockwise direction, because that's the way the lanes are marked and that's the way I've always done it.
It occurred to me that my inside leg, the left one, is subjected to a lot more pounding and stress than the outside leg when I'm running an endless series of left turns. Gee, what happens if I turn around and run in the other direction?
After one lap, the left knee pain that has been plaguing me for a year went away. It hasn't returned either. What an idiot. What's that old saying, "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity." It never dawned on me to try something different. All that weight and tork on the left leg was killing me but I was too stupid and too set in my ways to realize it.
Please think about my embarrassing confession the next time you have a nagging injury.