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Dealing with injuries

Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 07:55 AM Print article Printer-friendly page  Email to a friend
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Dealing with injuries

by Jennifer Gill

December 1, 2008

There are times in a runner's training when they have to skip a run or two due to a busy schedule, an unexpected event, or simply because they want to.  Then there are times in a runner's training where they are forced to skip runs. They're injured.

Injuries are very hard for many runners to deal with, for a number of reasons. While some runners actually look forward to the little break for a welcome rest, others completely freak out.

Injuries Hurt

Obviously, most injuries cause physical pain. You've pulled a hamstring, torn a ligament. It hurts. Well, that pain can be more than just physical. Pain can also be emotional. And most runners can get slightly depressed when they're dealing with an injury, especially for those that require weeks, if not months, of rest.

Many runners use their running as therapy. When they are feeling stressed and frazzled, their running serves as a way to release that stress. When they can't get on the road, they don't know how else to deal with their stress.

Another aspect that may be lost for runners with injuries is the social aspect of running. For many runners, their runs with their friends are much-anticipated social gatherings. This is the time they catch up and talk about what's going on in life. When they can't participate, injured runners often feel left out of their social circle, and for some, cut off from their social support.

Most runners can tell you that running is more than just a hobby for them. It's part of who they are. And when they can't run, some runners don't know how to deal with themselves. They suddenly have all this time and can't do the one thing they love the most. It can be especially difficult for the non-runners in the injured party's life. They may not understand why their favorite runner is so depressed, irritable, or stressed out.

How to Deal

It's really important to look at your time differently while injured. While it is heartbreaking to not be able to run, you have to use this time to take care of yourself. You're injured because your body has a weakness. You have to help that weakness get strong and the only way to do that is rest. Injury is your body's way of telling you to back off. Try to figure out why you got injured in the first place and get stronger.

Try your best to stay positive and upbeat. While it's so easy to get depressed over your injury, it's important to understand that this happens to most runners at some point during their training, and you will get back on the roads. If you don't take the time to get better, it will only take longer to recover.

Find other ways to cope with stress. If other forms of exercise are out, returning to other interests that may have been ignored for some time is one way to deal with stress. Start a new book, learn how to knit, or catch up on your movie watching. Whatever you find enjoyable, take this time to reintroduce yourself to it.

Stay in touch with your running friends. Call, email, text, whatever you did to set up your runs, do it now. You know that you don't have to just see each other when you're running. Set up a time to see a movie, grab dinner, or just talk.

Talk about how you feel. Let the people in your life, both running and non-running, know that you are going through a hard time. They will be there to listen and be a source of support as you get through your injury.

Enjoy yourself. If your injury allows it, try out a new form of exercise. Go swimming, go for a bike ride. Try yoga. Work on your strength training. This is actually quite important in preventing future injuries.

Dealing with injuries is hard for many runners. But if you accept the fact that you're injured and use the time to find out other things about yourself, it may just be a little easier to move forward.

Happy running!

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