I’m thrilled that it’s Friday because the fam and I have some really fun weekend plans (such as horseback riding–yes, really!) and the weather is supposed to be drop-dead gorgeous.
Before I scoot off to jump on my horse, I wanted to link-up with the DC Trifecta for their legendary Friday 5 Link-Up. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve linked up and my life really hasn’t felt complete. It feels good to be back!
This week’s Friday 5 theme is open, so I’ve decided to cover a topic at which I’m becoming a pro: How to stay sane when you’re injured and you can’t run.
As you may or may not know, I’m on another running hiatus because I hurt myself at a barre class a couple of weeks ago. Don’t ask me how you can suffer a typical running injury during a barre class, but I managed to do it. For the first 10 days or so I was really down about it, but now that I’m in PT and allowed to try short runs (as long as they’re pain-free), I’m feeling a little glimmer of hope.
So, without further ado, here are…
5. Chill out, man.
Running makes me happy. It keep me fit and helps me relieve stress. Without it, I can turn into a total stress monster.
And I know I’m not alone in my relationship with running.
If you can’t run because of injury, you need to find some other way to decompress. I do yoga one day a week and it helps keep me calm. Other ways to relieve stress? Meditation, taking a hot bath, or even going for a walk can help blow off steam.
4. Stay active.
One crappy thing about not being able to run due to injury is that I spend a lot of time worrying about how my fitness is going to take a nose-dive during my time off from running. But just because you can’t run doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. I’m dealing with an IT Band issue, so I’m not supposed to run or even do cycling (which can also aggravate the IT), but there are plenty of other ways for me to stay active and fit.
I can still use the rowing machine, weight train, pool-jog, and swim (if I swam, which I don’t, but still). That way I won’t lose witness when I’m taking a break from running.
3. Stay connected with the running community.
I tend to withdraw from the running community when I’m injured and I can’t run. I don’t want to talk about running, read Runner’s World, or even think about running because it just makes me feel badly. This kind of behavior isn’t helpful and may end up making you feel worse because you’re completely cutting out an important part of your life.
Staying connected with the running community can help you through your injury and accompanying running hiatus. You may find that your running friends can help support you, or that they may have great advice. Twitter groups like #RunChat and #BibChat can engage you with others in the running community who may also be coping with injury. Even volunteering at a race may help you appreciate the other side of running and bring you joy.
2. Distract yourself.
Okay, so the previous 3 tips were constructive, but if you read me even semi-regularly, you know I’m no angel.
When I run, and especially when I train for a race, I try extra hard to be healthy in all ways. That can mean no late nights, no Prosecco benders, no spicy foods–and you get the idea. I propose that a non-running period should be viewed as an opportunity to engage in a little debauchery.
Hey–you’re not training, so you might as well enjoy the time off while you have it!
1. Keep your eye on the prize.
Running injuries (usually) don’t last forever. Whether it’s just rest or time, or even therapy or (gasp!) surgery, there’s a 99% chance you’ll be able to run again. Don’t lose hope. Keep your long-term running goals in mind.Don’t give up. You’ll get back out there and you’ll be better off because hopefully you’ll have learned from the mistakes that injured you to begin with.
This is my contribution to the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 Link-Up. Please check out the Trifecta’s individual blogs: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! And If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up.