What should you do when you get injured? I’m not talking ice, rest, compress etc. This isn’t going to be a medical advice post – Mum’s the only doctor in Veggie Runners, and she’s a doctor of philosophy, so not much good for a broken ankle or other injuries. This post is talking about things to do in the weeks after your injury, when you don’t hurt too much any more, are prowling around the house like a feral cat, and still have 4 weeks until the doctor says you can run again.
I’m out of commission on doctor’s orders for 6 weeks (nothing serious!), and I’m halfway through. My doctors say I’m allowed to start ‘light jogging’ again in 20 and a half days… Not that I’m counting, or anything. I was feeling pretty down, and lethergic until bedtime when all of a sudden I wouldn’t be able to sleep. A plan of action was needed!
This post looks at the things that I’m doing to stop myself going totally coco bananas in the house. I hope that they will help you too if you’re currently not able to get out and do whatever exercise you normally love.
- Read Chi Running by Danny Dwyer. The book takes the concepts of mindfulness normally associated with yoga or t’ai chi and applies them to running. Not only will you feel more zen about your rest time away from running, the tips on best running form will mean you’ll be less likely to go crazy and injure yourself when you start up running again!
- Know your limitations, but try to keep your strength up within them. I’m lifting light weights, doing the plank and walking as much as I can so I don’t atrophy and fall on my face when I start running again.
- Take the 30 Day Happiness Challenge to counteract the loss of the endorphin boosts that you usually enjoy. I’m only on day 6 of the challenge, but I’m really enjoying the chance to focus on what my brain, and not my body, is capable of. All you need to do is meditate each day, do one kind thing for others, and keep a gratitude journal. These are all things that are recommended by Action for Happiness, an international movement for positive social change.
- Volunteer your time. A) you’ll have a bit more time on your hands and B) doing things for others will make you feel happy. If you want to keep in the running community, you could volunteer your time as a race marshall, as Mum did last summer. Or perhaps help with your local ParkRun. I’m helping with my local Rainbows – such a nice way to give back to the community while feeling great too.
Are you injured at the moment? What are you doing to feel less bad about not getting to go out?