At any point in time, approximately 1/3 of my runner friends are sidelined by injury. By and large, running injuries are overuse and not acute, and the unpredictable nature of these type of injuries can make rehab frustratingly long.
Tendonosis/tendonitis, stress fractures, bursitis, inflammation, muscle strains, malalignment of joints, and mystery pain are among the top ailments we see in PT clinics during high season (late Summer/Fall). It stands to reason that distance runners, as a psychological test group, are stubborn and plow through pain fairly regularly to achieve their goals. Have you ever tried to get a runner to stop running?
What’s the injured runner to do when running isn’t an option?
- Swim: most injuries are water-friendly and swimming is good for you anyway.
- Lift: likely your injury is due to weakness and you’ll be hitting the weights with your PT anyway so you may as well make the most of your time and get strong.
- Finally download all the necessary software to actually use all the tracking stuff on your Garmin.
- Organize and display your race memorabilia.
- Try pilates and/or yoga: strengthening your range of motion is always a good idea.
- Bike: if your hip/glutes aren’t involved, grab 2 wheels and pedal away!
- Volunteer and/or cheer: support your friends and fellow runners and ring that cowbell!
- Stay on top of your PT exercises: you have the time, make sure you’re putting in the work to get back on the road.
Being injured is the absolute pits. But, if you get professional help early from a physical therapist and stay on top of your exercises, you’ll be back on the road to health sooner than you think.
Have you been injured recently? What have you been doing in the mean time?
On a separate note, I’m looking forward to seeing all my fellow runners in Central Park on Monday, April 22nd at 6:30pm for a gathering to show our support for the city of Boston and all the families, runners, and spectators who were affected by the tragic events of this past week. Details for the NYC meet-up here.
Thank you to Well + Good and the Twittersphere/Facebook world for spreading the word.
Meet-ups are happening all over the country. Find one in your city.
Now go out and run!