We are 12 days into 2016 and my year didn’t really start as planned. I planned to kick start my training but instead ended up on the bench resting over Christmas and then running very short and slow runs last week as well as doing lots of physio exercises thanks to bursitis on my hip.
I have been seriously frustrated but I am pleased to say I think it is starting to come good and I managed to run 5k this morning pain free – albeit it was slow but I finally felt I might be turning a slight corner and recovering rather than suffering – yay!
It’s hard being on ‘the bench’ and in the past I have pushed through and ended up even more injured and out of action for even longer so I am glad I have been patient as it seems to be paying off.
In today’s post I decided to give some tips based on advice I have had to tell myself whilst I haven’t been able to train and then reduced training.
4 things to do when recovering from an injury
1. Listen to your professional therapist and do the exercises!
I’m not too good at remembering to do my physio exercises, generally I am more likely to do them when I am in pain than when I don’t feel too much discomfort.
Don’t do what I do!
Listen to your professional therapist and do what they say to ensure you recover as quickly as possible. If they tell you to RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) – do it, if they tell you to do certain exercises – do them 🙂
2. Try not to let it get you down
It’s easier said than done to not feel down when injured. I was so frustrated when I hurt my hip as I had done a great run, felt like I was finally coming back to feeling strong again and BAM! I over strode and have been seeing my physio ever since.
I got really down and became a recluse for the first week as I didn’t want to hear about how great everyones running was going, but my good friends helped me snap out of it.
Most of my running friends have experienced an injury at least once so we all understand one another’s pain, and my lovely personal trainer friend has been great tailoring my training around the many parts of my body that have hurt at one time or another! I found I felt better knowing I had support around me rather than hiding in my hole feeling sorry for myself.
3. Stay involved
It’s easy to pull away when you can’t train especially when it is an injury that requires long term treatment – but from a mental point of view to stay involved gives hope and positive vibes that you’ll be back at some point.
If you can’t train then you could volunteer at ParkRuns or events you regularly attend to stay involved and still feel like you are a part of the running community.
4. Keep training the parts of your body that you can!
Depending on what your doctor or physio says you could do other types of training i.e. swimming* or cycling* or weights* – this all depends on the nature of your injury of course.
I plan to start swimming soon once my physio lets me to try something else in tandem with my running to get me stronger but not be too harsh on my body as well as the running.
*Always seek professional medical advice or advice from an expert such as a physiotherapist before trying anything new. I am not a doctor I am just expressing my opinions and experience.