I’m a total idiot sometimes. In this case I’ve somehow managed to tear a muscle in my right thigh and hurt my shin on my left leg. I tried to run on it slowly for a couple of days but my body was having none of it, so thought I’d take the hint and talk about recovering from running injuries today. Because why not?
I’m now almost a week in to a total running ban and it is driving me crazy! Seriously, I never thought I’d be this itching to go out for a run ever in my life! The only thing spurring me on now is the amazing Science in Sport campaign that’s starting so I’m off to join another gym on Monday as I’ve still been unable to commit to one permanently yet. I just can’t find one in Cheshire that I’m 100% comfortable with.
I’ve literally got zero idea of how to recover as somehow I’ve managed to avoid any injuries up until now. So I’ve kinda made my own recovery plan up in the hopes that it will make my legs better and the half marathon training can continue.
Take a break
I think the most important part of recovery is actually giving your legs, muscles and joints a break. I’ve set my self a 2 week running ban so can continue on the 29th May.
Good support is essential, I’ve been elevating my legs in the evenings to allow any swelling that’s built up to ease. I’ve also been looking into leg supports that I can use when I do start running again to support my legs in case they aren’t fully healed at the time.
I just have to keep moving, I’ve skipped running and been doing some light yoga and stretches whenever I get the chance. I hate being this inactive again so this is the easiest way for me to keep moving and stay in tune with my body. As well as this once I join the gym on Monday I can start to strengthen my entire body which hopefully should help with endurance running.
In future I’ll make sure to avoid injury by making sure that I consider everything properly. Even simple things to remember like warming up and doing the right stretches can help overcome injury so fingers crossed I’ll be a little more cautious in future.
I’ve managed to find a good few pairs of trainers that work for me. I have stopped swapping and changing and try to stick to just two pairs now. One pair for trail runs and one for road runs, although like so many others trail running is definitely my firm favourite.
Do you even get frustrated when you don’t get the time you expected? I know I do, I think pushing myself too hard also contributed to my muscle injuries this time as I’ve just been too hard on myself re times/pace etc. I don’t know whether I feel rubbish and slow or that I see what others are achieving and want to do better. Maybe it’s bringing out the competitive streak? Either way I think I just need to relax, take it easy and listen to my body in future.
How would you suggest recovering from running injuries?
– Emma Allen –
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