The Crusher of Dreams (fit tips & tricks during an injury)

I am not having a great week. January isn’t turning out into that super awesome month where things turn around and everything falls into place. It started out that way… then this happened:

I know what you’re thinking – didn’t I *just* injure my foot not that long ago? You would be correct! And how did this lovely new injury occur you may ask? I was walking my pup with completely non-supportive shoes (cheap ballet flats) and she broke into a run and I ran to keep up, but landed on my foot funny. It actually didn’t hurt very much at first. For a whole week I felt a bit of a twinge, but nothing keeping me from any activities. One week after that, I went for a run and really hurt my foot. It turns out it’s a stress fracture :/ So I’m stuck with a boot and have been told to stay off of my foot for 3 whole weeks. This news comes to me one week before I was to start training for a half marathon.

This *really* got me down. I haven’t run a half in several months and was looking forward to training for one again. Since I already beat the time of my goal, I was going to take it easy with this training and go slow & steady. There is absolutely no way I can train for the half now as it’s around mid-March. Even after my 3 weeks is up, I have to get back into things very gradually.

So what does this mean for me? Well, I’ll be completely honest with you, I have been feeling a little sorry for myself and eating a little too much junk food. Instead of beating myself up over it, I will be ok with it for a few days and then move on. I’m trying to tell myself that there are a *ton* of things I can do while my foot heals. Here are some things I am excited to have time to work on:

  • revamp the blog (this is way overdue!)
  • start to learn Spanish
  • work on art projects
  • read lots (already enjoying this one)

And I’m starting to think of a game plan for when I can start to gradually get back into my active lifestyle.

Walking

This is such a great, low-impact activity and is easy to incorporate into any lifestyle. I find this especially easy with the pup =) Go explore your neighbourhood. This defeats the purpose a bit, but you can even hop in the car to walk around a new area.

Swimming

This is a great way to get in some cardio while using your whole body to workout. And it’s super low-impact! This is great to do while injured, to switch up your regular work out routine and good for cross-training.

Strength Training

When I first started to exercise, I was scared of using weights. I wasn’t sure how to properly use them or what to do with them. I’ve gradually incorporated them into my workouts over the years and now I can’t imagine not using free weights a few times a week. I was taught to use them properly from fitness instructors and trainers over the years – be sure you use proper form when using these.

Dancing is also a great activity to do that’ll get the heart rate up – just be mindful not to re-injure yourself and be careful.

**The most important thing is to listen to your doctor. Go through your game plan with your health professional before doing anything. And always be gentle with yourself when recovering from an injury – listen to your body, it will tell you what it can and can’t handle.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! This is something I have not been good at in the past, but I know that I would drop anything to help a friend in need and do on a regular basis. I’ve already had offers for errand grocery runs and I’ve recruited people to take the dog for walks.

I’m hoping after my 3 weeks is up, I can gradually get back into running. I won’t be able to run my half, but maybe I can walk it! I’ve ran a lot of half marathons over the past few years and am fortunate that my body is strong and able to quickly recover from injuries. In the past, I have allowed my injuries to bring me down into depression. I’m determined not to this time. I have friends helping me out by keeping me company and offering to walk my pup for me. I will look at this as a time to rest and relax.

What do you do when recovering from an injury?

14 thoughts on “The Crusher of Dreams (fit tips & tricks during an injury)

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your injury :( How frustrating, especially when it happened in such an innocuous way! I admire your focus on turning it around to make time for other activities though – and next time you run a half, you may be able to do so with some Spanish in your language skill set! I hope the healing process is smooth.

  2. I’m so sorry to read about your foot injury, Kimmy! I actually had a dream about you last night…must have been my subconscious sending you healing thoughts. When I have an injury, I get lots of massages and do my darn-dest to rest. It sounds like you have some great plans to keep you occupied until you’re back in fighting form. :0)

    1. I’m trying so hard to rest! It’s tough as I’m such an active person, but I know it will help speed up the recovery process.
      Thanks Carrie =)
      ps. Already thinking of making a trip out to visit you in the spring!

  3. Hi Kimmy, I’m bummed about your foot–isn’t that just how life goes sometimes? That said, I think you have some really worthwhile projects to work on while you’re out of commission, and some great options once you can start training again. I’m going to put in a special plug for swimming for injury recovery–it was the first activity I could do after my bilateral foot surgery (surgical breaks in both feet!) and it was a lifesaver. I got my fitness (and my sanity) back earlier than I would have otherwise. :-)

    Anyhow, I’m thinking of you and rooting for a speedy recovery!

    1. That is life sometimes – it could be worse!
      I actually took up swimming a bit right after I hurt my foot before I realised it was fractured and I will definitely continue with it once I’m able. I think my body is trying to tell me to take it easy and not run as much.
      Thanks Lee!

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