Hi everyone! It’s finally Friday, and time for the Friday Five Linkup with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia! I’m not the happiest person this week, mostly because I re-aggrivated my stupid injury by doing too much in my strength training workout on Monday night. Just when I thought I was getting better too. Since I’ve been dealing with #recoveringrunnerproblems for waaaay too long over here, I’m starting to get pretty sad about not being back to normal yet. I ran on Tuesday and was not feeling great afterwards, so I’m taking a break from running until next Tuesday to see if that makes everything better. If not, I’ve got a game plan for getting back to running at a much slower pace than what I’ve been trying so far (I’ve got a “What would my PT do?” mentality right now). So what’s an injured runner to do when she can’t run? Here are my top 5 favorite activities for injured and recovering runners:
1. Relax with a good book: This has two perks – you get to sit and rest your injured muscles, and you also get to take your mind off of your running stress while reading! This is my favorite way of dealing with stress. Obviously you don’t want to go for Runner’s World Magazine or Born To Run while doing this activity, unless you’re looking for a reason to have a pity party. Bonus points if you do this activity while drinking coffee!
2. Try a new workout: This is going to depend on what your exact injury is, but maybe there’s a workout out there that won’t aggravate your injury. For example, if your foot is injured, try doing something that doesn’t involve your feet. I know that Suz has been doing a lot of this during her recovery, and it’s amazing to see her getting to the gym even when she’s got a lot of workout restrictions. Obviously stop if you feel your injury site begin to hurt, but you may be surprised what the rest of your body can do while you’re healing! I didn’t even like spin class until I was told that it was the only exercise I could do while I was banned from running, and now I love it! Just be careful and listen to your body.
3. Get outside: Even though I can’t run outside on my favorite trails, I’m still trying to get outdoors as much as possible. I love going for a quick walk out in the sunshine, especially on my lunch break! Just being outside calms me down and makes me feel happy no matter what is going on with my injury. With the sun returning to almost normal heights in Alaska, this is a huge mood booster!
4. Meet up with your running friends: If you are seriously missing your running buddies and are dying to back on the trails with them, invite them to do a non-running activity instead. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by what you all look like when you’re not wearing spandex and layers of winter running gear, and you may find some non-running things that you all have in common!
5. Practice gratitude: This is so incredibly hard when it feels like everything is going wrong with your recovery, but it’s so important. I’ve been feeling pretty negative all week so I plan on making this weekend a time of gratitude and self love. I’ve got some tips on how to do this here! Instead of focusing all my energy on what I can’t do, I’m going to be thankful about what I can do.
What are your favorite activities when you’re injured? What is the longest time you’ve ever spent recovering from an injury, and how did you get through it?