It doesn’t matter if you are slightly injured or extremely injured. Injuries in general are just not fun especially if you are training for something. For me, I have developed a case of really bad shin splints that has put my half marathon training on hold. This past week and a half I have been battling these shin splints and I was still running and training. I was in denial of being injured. Today the severity of my shin splints hit me hard. I got a good talking to from my Pilates instructor and class today about taking some time off from running and healing or else I could end up really hurting myself. The thing is, taking time off from training is hard for me. I like to be on the go and busy and stopping to heal is just not in my vocabulary. However, reality is taking a week or two off to heal is much easier than having to take 3 months off because I have a stress fracture. My instructor also very nicely reminded me of the importance of stretching and foam rolling. (Sigh, I have a love, hate relationship with the foam roller). She also encouraged Epsom salt baths. Ok this I could do!
I realized today that just because you are injured does NOT mean you have to give up exercising as long as your doctor or other healthcare provider says it’s ok. Therefore, even though I cannot run until I heal, I could still find other ways to keep up my strength and cardio. I can continue to lift my core and upper body with free weights or machines. I can also continue with cardio training, but instead of running I can ride the bike or swim. Well lets get real, I do not like to swim. I can swim, but it is not fun for me. Therefore, I will not swim, BUT I will do the bike.
I also had the chance to talk to my running buddy today and fill her in on what’s going on with me. She told me that I cannot use this injury as an excuse to eat 10 pieces of cake (dang, she knows me well. Have I mentioned that I am a self proclaimed sugar addict who also loves to stress eat?), but rather as a way to fuel my body with good nutrition and PLENTY of water so I can heal and be back to running in no time at all. She is right.
So over the course of the next two weeks it will be bike riding, upper body strengthening, Pilates and other activities to love my body so I can heal and get back to my training for my race at the end of April. Injuries suck, and they are no fun, but you really do need to take care of yourself so you can heal and get back to your crazy, busy life or in my case, training.
Stay tune to see how I handle the next two weeks!
So this past week I took it easy and did not run. I rode the stationary bike until I couldn't anymore, I did low impact strengthening like yoga and pilates and I even got a massage! My shins are feeling much better, but I have also learned quite a bit this week. In yoga class I had the opportunity to play around with some new poses, I focused on eating healthy and I even tried out several new recipes including an awesome fruit flavored water recipe. I will be running again and I will complete my race at the end of April, but I am also thankful that I got to slow down these past few weeks.
Trying to fit in exercise is not easy as a mother. Trying to train for races is even harder. Join me as I try to find ways to fit in exercise in my crazy, busy life.