Let me start this out by saying I love running. I don't want to quit running, but I am getting a little disheartened.
I am constantly battling injuries. I can never push myself because I get hurt. It doesn't matter how slowly I ramp up my mileage I will inevitably get injured. In the mean time it feels like everybody else I know can go from not running for an entire year to 18 mile long runs in 3 weeks. Meanwhile I am gimping around on an injury I gained after slowly over 3 months working myself back up to a 16 mile long run. I keep my pace easy, I do a foam roller, I do strength exercises for my core, I do active stretching before I run and I still keep getting injured. After a long string of these injuries its really starting to get me down. I love running but it feels like I spend 90% of my time recovering from injury and less and less time enjoying running. I took 3 weeks off recently dealing with patellofemoral pain syndrome and just last night did my first run. I cut it short at the two mile mark as I could feel discomfort and the beginnings of the pain returning and it just made me angry. Here is a fun list:
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Calf strain (I have had sore or tight calves before, this was different. It just suddenly locked up on me out of nowhere mid run, I wasn't even going fast. 2 months going to a sports therapy to get it worked out.)
Stress fracture in my foot
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
That is the list of my most recent injuries. I can barely think of a year I have gone without an injury sidelining me. I am not running crazy mileage. The most I have ever run is 60 per week and I am generally around 20-30 because I can never build any higher without falling apart. I want to run more, I like long runs as they are a big stress reliever but now...I don't know what to do. Running has been such a big part of my identity for so long. Its easy to work around a busy schedule. I can go at night after my kids are sleeping. I just don't know if I can keep this up. Has anybody else on here had this sort of issue? Anyone have any genius ideas how to stay healthy or am I just unlucky and bio mechanically screwed and need to find a new hobby?