30 Mar '12, 12am

Injured? Here are 4 reasons you should look on the bright side:

In May, Allison Lind was training for the New York City Marathon , where she hoped to run a sub-2:46 to qualify for the Olympic Trials. She finished a 16-miler feeling especially tight. The next day, she had an intense, stabbing pain in her inner right thigh. An MRI led to a devastating diagnosis: a pelvic stress fracture. "I've been running since I was 10, so being told not to run for six months killed me," says the 27-year-old New York City physical therapist. Being sidelined—whether it's for days, weeks, or months—can turn any runner's world upside down. But as hard as it is to realize when you're relegated to the elliptical machine, being down can have an upside. "My injury helped me become a better athlete," Lind says. "It forced me to cross-train . I've added swimming and cycling to my training, and now I'm in much better shape." Yet for Lind, the best silver lining ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-241-286--13...

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