By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Junior Brianna Carnathan took a deep breath on Tuesday afternoon at Harold L. Bolig Memorial Field and began to talk about the different injuries that have hindered her since last year.
A minute later, she was done.
"It started at the end of last season. I took a two-week break, then I was playing handball and I came down on my knee wrong and hurt a tendon. I tried running on it, which wasn't the most brilliant idea, ever," Carnathan said. "I did physical therapy, took a cortisone shot, taped it and pushed through it for cross country season. I took November and December off to let the swelling go down, started training in February and strained a hip flexor, then IT band problems and patellar tracking disorder so that took me out through February. Then in March, I was running three or four days per week, but then I had Achilles' problems, which turned into shin splints, which turned into stress reactions.
"I've run like four times in the last month."
So any chance for a berth in this weekend's PIAA meet at Shippensburg University should have been out the window for the Seals' distance runner.
However, the lessons learned over the last year for Carnathan in how to manage her injuries allowed her to win the 800 at the District 4 Class AAA meet this past Saturday to qualify.
"I've been learning to not over train and to be willing to take some time off. It's been very frustrating, I'm learning patience," Carnathan said. "I've really learned a lot through this, though, like how to take care of yourself. I probably learned more from being injured than I would have if I was healthy. I trust in God and his plan to be patient, but I admit, I've cried."