Most people think those two words are synonymous. But to athletes, there is a very big difference. Being hurt means you are in pain, but you can work through it. Being injured means you are in big trouble.
Right now I am praying I am just hurt. During my short run last night, my leg ached. During my run today, my leg ached. The sensation I have when I am running is that my leg may snap off around the shin area during any step. It is only my left leg, and I am not sure what is going on.
During my run tonight, I did a 3 mile warm up and then contemplated calling it off. But I really didn’t want to. I just had a great race on Saturday, so it can’t be too bad. Or can it? Anyway, I leaned toward the hurt side and pressed on. It actually felt better during the faster part of the workout.
I am going to go ice it now and take some ibuprofen. Tomorrow is a recovery run and then another good one on Thursday. It really needs to get better soon.