Running Injury Management

Injury Management

I’ve been dealing with some foot pain ever since the Spokane Half Marathon 2 weeks ago. It’s likely come up thanks to a combo of trying to recover from a marathon the month before and some inconsistent training in between. Whenever I have to go through the process of cutting back mileage and incorporating rehab into my training, I am always reminded of how I would handle this when I was younger and less aware of how to care for myself – which usually involved continuing running until pain became so bad that I was unable to do so, falling into a pit of despair over not being able to run, and/or cross training excessively as the rest of my ability to cope with normal life stressors fell to pieces around me.

I am older and wiser now (at least when it comes to injury and rehab!) and am almost always able to self-manage conditions before they sideline me to the point of not running. However, not everyone is equipped with this same knowledge and skillset (which may be a blessing because otherwise I would be out of job).

It’s so frustrating to see runners when they get to the point that they stop running on their own because of pain when this could have easily been avoided had they sought help sooner. If you are dealing with an injury and have tried conservatively to manage it, don’t let yourself keep running into the pit of despair. Get a consult, because modifying for a short amount of time is always better than taking longer bouts off.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing some posts walking you all through my injury and how I determine when to rest, when to push, and how to effectively load a tissue without contributing to injury. We should all be able to self-manage, as well as recognize when it’s time to seek help. Stay tuned for my new injury series, starting next week!

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