FIVE WAYS OF COPING WITH INJURY
1) THROW THE PITY PARTY
I got completely through marathon training and was at the end of taper week #1 when my foot injury occurred. The goal of running my first marathon quickly died. I had just spent the entire summer training in oppressive humidity and heat. And for what?
I sadly mourned the loss of my monumental Chicago marathon goal. There simply wasn't a switch to flip in my brain to suddenly make me feel wonderful.
Throw the party! Yes, even if it's an extravagant gala that lasts a whole week. Then put it behind you and concentrate your energy on moving forward. And please, reach out to others for support!
2) DO WHATEVER YOU CAN
Find things you can do to stay active, even if it is out of your comfort zone. For me, it is cycling -- which I've used during prior injuries -- and pool running (new and waaayyy out of the zone here). I took a long overdue opportunity to upgrade my bike. Make a plan. Set goals. One of mine is slowly increasing my pool running time each week. Mark your training days on your calendar and stick to it. Focus on your plan and achieving your goals as if you were training for something important!
3) GET PLENTY OF SLEEP AND REST
This one is a struggle, but I try. I purposefully limit my steps each day to help my foot heal. I get in my bed earlier and snuggle with my dogs to watch TV too, even if I don't fall asleep any quicker. Ask for help. My kids and husband have done grocery shopping and other chores for me. Maybe I should limp around a little longer...
4) FOCUS ON NUTRITION
Our bodies need proper nutrition to heal quickly and properly. Don't sit around eating Oreos...well not for very long anyway. (I confess I had a few too many peanut M&Ms.) Adequate protein, calcium and vitamin D are essential. Read your food labels. Remember your body needs extra calories for healing purposes. This is not the time to diet or skimp on calories.
TruMoo low sugar chocolate milk has always been a favorite. But look at what I found this week in individual serving boxes. Vanilla! It tastes like my Mother's homemade ice cream before freezing it while still warm and on the stove. So yummy and comforting too.
5) DON'T START BACK TOO SOON
In 2011, I had an ankle stress fracture. I waited X amount of weeks as directed by the orthopedist before trying to run. After a few tries, it didn't feel right. I took another month off and was then able to run without pain. Listen to your body. If you start back too soon, the insanity will only begin again. This time I may just wait a couple of extra weeks for good measure, or for the general bad-assery that I can make myself do that.
How do you stay sane while injured?
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