Happy Tuesday! Did you all enjoy the Super Bowl? I thought both the game and the halftime show were pretty good! I also enjoyed some yummy foods and a beer – so I was a happy camper 🙂 Today’s topic – have you ever been sidelined from running because of an injury?
I would estimate that 95% of my running friends have been sidelined by some type of injury. I’ve been sidelined by running injuries – sometimes only a few days but other times a few weeks. For me, the injuries came once I started to run longer distances. Now that I’ve added in strength training I don’t get injured as often, but I still have aches and pains every now and then.
When I have been sidelined from running due to an injury, I did a few things to get myself “back in the game”.
A few years ago I had pretty bad IT band pain. It actually felt like I was dragging my right leg when I was running – it was pretty painful. After getting evaluated, it was decided that I should do 6-8 weeks of physical therapy. I went to PT 3x a week for a few weeks and boy was it hard work! My session felt like 60 minute workouts and I still had “homework” to do once I was back home. It all paid off because I was able to run pain free after that experience.
What’s a runner to do when they can’t run? Cross-train of course! When I’ve been injured in the past – no matter how long – I really focus on doing more cycling and strength training classes to make sure that I keep in shape.
Sign Up For Races
It might seem bizarre to sign up for races while you’re injured, but I feel like that’s the perfect motivation! Knowing that I have a race on the schedule gives me something to look forward to once I’m able to run again.
Have you ever been sidelined with an injury? If so, how did you deal with it?
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Topic for next week – What was your first race?