The most frustrating part of this injury that I have now is that I have my marathon in less than three weeks and I put in a LOT of training and time into hitting my goals and who knows what my leg is thinking and whether it will be able to run or not on June 14th.
I keep telling myself—> ‘It is what it is’ —> meaning sitting around feeling sad about it isn’t going to get me running any sooner. I can’t change that I am injured. It happened and it will get better so it is time to focus on these 10 things to get me back running asap and at the same time help me to continue to be happy and not miserable just because I am injured.
1. First, you are allowed a few days to be super bummed. Vent, be frustrated, cry… do whatever helps you so that you can then move on and work on recovery.
2. Sleep like a champ. Your body recovers when you sleep which is obviously a great thing when you are a runner and getting over an injury. Elite athletes take their sleeping very seriously… Ryan Hall calls his naps his “business meetings” because he clearly sees the important role that sleep plays for your body and his running career.
3. Focus on the relationships in your life. Simple as that. Our relationships are what really matters and now you have even more time to spend with the people in your life because you aren’t spending x amount of hours a week running.
4. Strength train, stretch, foam roll. Just go ahead and repeat the previous sentence 500 times in your head and engrain it in your head to do those things not only during an injury but ALL YEAR LONG!!!
5. Focus on your long term running goals. There will always be another race. Think about what is best for your body in the long run so that you can run for the next 80 years. Yes, sub 3 was my goal for the Utah Valley Marathon but I keep reminding myself that I have many more races to get that goal in the future… St. George Marathon in October por favor.
6. Clean up your diet. I know, this is coming from me. I am working hard on eating better and filling up on a ton of nutrients so that my body has the correct tools it needs to repair my muscles. Also, make sure you are getting plenty of calories even though you aren’t running. It takes calories to heal those bones/muscles/tendons (at least that is what I tell myself:)
PS my sweet potato gave me a paper cut. It still stings.
7. Get yourself in the pool and pool run. I have only said this 5,000 times but I really think it is the best thing to do (as long as it doesn’t hurt your injury more) when you are an injured runner. It is an incredible way to keep your running fitness up, it is low impact and I get a pretty great endorphin high after a good pool run.
Just hanging out and hugging in our flotation belts on the side of the pool. This photo wasn’t staged at all;)
8. To go along with #7… CROSS TRAIN. You may surprise yourself and find that you really enjoy other forms of exercise and that you are good at them too. Cross training will help you to keep up your endurance and it will get you strong and fit…. at the same time doing these things may also make you especially appreciate running again when you are back on the roads!
9. Be proactive. Don’t just sit around waiting for your body to magically heal. See a doctor and/or do the things that can help you get back out there asap. Another fun scraping session this morning. I cry at least once during these sessions. Yes, these things cost money but if you want to get back (and do it the right way with the help of a doctor) then you gotta do what you gotta do and fork out the money.
10. Take this time to learn everything possible about running/your body/your injury so that when you do come back you will be a smarter runner. You will have learned from your training mistakes and come back and do things right. IE I probably won’t run 23 miles for my long run the week after I run a fast/hard 1/2 marathon again in the future… learn from me:)
*****Be a bouncy ball and come back from your injury stronger and better than ever (PS if you are wondering what in the world I mean by being a bouncy ball—> the explanation is in THIS POST).
I LOVED Lindsay’s post this morning:
Who is injured right now? With what?
What is the worst injury you have ever had?
Any times for how you got through injuries?
To go along with the last picture… What is something good you have noticed today?