Runner – Injured – Ultra Marathon – Training – On Hold – Recovery


If you run long enough…you will one be there.

Recovery. What to do. More importantly what not to do! (speaking to myself here).

Injured-Runner

The Injured runner to do and not to do list.

“Today the rain is going on strong, but tomorrow baby, the sun is going to come out again.” Bruce Lee

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1.  Rest – Every time I google injury recovery no matter if it’s for myself or someone I know the number one course of action is rest.  Stop running or doing whatever it is that causes pain.  For us runners that’s tough.  We build a sense of pride in the pain that we can tolerate.  BUT to recover you must inflicting the injury.

NOT TO DO

1.  Continue to run and risk a worse injury.  You’ll know a true injury when it comes along.  This pain stopped me dead in my tracks.  Do not ignore your body.

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2.  Seek treatment, whether by a professional or your own research.  Find out how you should treat the injury and how you can begin to recover.

NOT TO DO

2.  Ignore the injury in hopes that it will simply heal on it’s own.  It may but it will take significantly longer.   Why do professional athletes come back from some major injuries so fast?  They work as hard on recovery as they do on performance…and maybe harder.  Your on the running sidelines but not on the sidelines of your recovery.

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3.  Stick to your good eating habits.

NOT TO DO

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3.  Fall off the nutrition/good eating freight train.  You have to accept that your body is not going to burn calories like it did before.  You won’t have the long run, the intense workouts, to burn off those extra thin mints, (Hello man in the mirror), and you need the right foods to heal properly.  Step away from the ding dongs!

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4.  Stay engaged with the community.  Just because your injured, do not pull away from your running community.  Go to the meetings, attend the races, and continue to interact on-line.  You’re still a runner…continue to be involved.

NOT TO DO

4.  Withdraw, sluk, become a recluse in the community.  It’s tough I get it…but stay out there, motivate, lift up and support others.  The positive energy will help you recover and keep you in touch with the real you, “The runner you.”

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5.  Stay positive…this is one bump in the road.  The injury does not define you.  The injury does not take away who you are, what you do or the goals and successes that you are still capable of.

NOT TO DO

5.  Get Depressed – This one is going to be hard.  I do, I fight depression when I’m not running.  I get sad.  I feel like I’m not who I am.  I run….now I can’t.  This sucks.

If you’re struggling with an injury, I get it….I’m there too (or have been recently)  Drop me a note I understand how your feeling.