Recovering from a Running Injury
I had a nice Thanksgiving with my family last week. There was plenty of good food and cheer to be had by all. Only, I ended the day feeling a bit disappointed and disheartened. You see, I wasn’t able to participate in the Turkey Trot 5k race my sister and I registered for. The last couple of months I had been training and getting back into shape. I wanted to prove to myself what I could do, and hopefully beat my much younger and fitter sister in the process. But as it happens, I became injured the week before.
My left knee started to give me some trouble and quite a bit of pain came along with it. I saw an orthopedist earlier this week who determined there is a considerable amount of inflammation surrounding my knee. So, he prescribed some time off and gave me a taper prednisone pack (steriods). I really want to get back to running as soon as possible and not lose much of the stamina I’ve built up thus far. I plan to follow my doctor’s orders and take between one to two weeks off from running. Here are some helpful tips I’ve found and plan to follow on my path to recovery:
How To Properly Recover from Injury
- Get the rest needed to recover from your injury and allow your body time to heal
- Ease back into a routine. Don’t expect to pick up where you left off -when it comes to distance or speed- gradually build back to it.
- Always warm up, cool down, and stretch out after running while on the path to recovery and even as a general rule of thumb to prevent injury from occurring.
- Listen to your body. If slowing down or taking a slight break is necessary, by all means do so. It isn’t worth jeopardizing your whole running routine to go that extra mile, especially if your body doesn’t quite feel up to it.
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