So last night, I ran without ANY pain for the first time since January 14th! It was only 5 minutes and it was slow, but it felt great. Take that tweaked Achilles tendon! And some ice, too!
It has been hard not being able to run thanks to this stupid, overuse injury. I was fortunate, however, that I had lots of things that helped keep me occupied and from losing my proverbial noodle while my Achilles healed up. Wanna know what I did–check it out below:
1. I did lots of research…on my injury (and rehabbing it), races in and around me over the summer, speed work drills, workouts to do with my run club, things for the blog, even other cool blogs. Heck I even set up a Facebook group for them–to help motivate them and keep them excited about our runs and our eventual trip to the Princess and maybe Tink race weekends in 2015. Technology has been a savior with this blip in my training.
2. I focused more on food prep and balanced meals. I really tried to make sure that I was eating as healthfully and as mindfully as I could. I was concerned about weight gain and losing fitness and I knew that not gaining weight would be crucial in my comeback. I made sure my meals were balanced with veggies, good fats and protein…and with some smart carbs mixed in when I needed them. If you want something tasty and balanced, try my chili recipe–so. Flipping. Good.
3. I moved in beneficial ways. I did other things besides running. I ran in deep water, I swam, I rode the stationary bike and I went to yoga. I stretched, I iced, I heated. Those things all help if only because you know that the more you do this, the quicker you get your sneakers back to the pavement.
4. I just enjoyed some “Princess Lisa” time. Since there were days where it hurt to walk even a few steps, I just took advantage of that time to be lazy…to read…to watch movies…to sleep. In that regard it was practically perfect timing given my awesome but exhausting trip to Ottawa and the Christmas holidays had done a number on my energy levels.
5. I practiced a whole lot of gratitude. When I felt myself getting frustrated or feeling down about my no-run situation, I would stop and re-frame the situation. My inability to run right now is temporary. Last year, I was dealing with cross fit related knee injuries and at one point it was suggested that I would have to stop running FOREVER. And there are so many others who can’t run and will never experience the joys that I have experienced while running in their entire lives. This all brought some much needed perspective to any frustrations I was experiencing over my achy Achilles.
How do you keep sane when you are riding the injury train? Any tips to share?