Hi fellow FitFluential followers!
I am coming off an injury and thought it would be fun to share all the things I’ve done in the name of recovery; i.e. my desperate need to get back to running so I stop fantasizing about drop-kicking every mildly annoying person who crosses my path.
Oh, also I need to stop scaring runners on the street by staring longingly as I pass them by.
Before we go any further, here’s a quick back story: I got into running and triathlon-ing (I’m pretty sure that’s a word) in 2009, completing my first race in July of 2010. I did 3 half-marathons and 3 sprint triathlons from then up until August of 2011. A couple of days after a race in mid-August I ended up with damage to both Achilles tendons. I started physical therapy immediately, anxious to get back in the game!
We started out with the usual healing techniques:
E-stim, heat, ultrasound, and deep tissue massage.
I often left sessions covered with so much athletic and kinesio tape that it is a wonder I wasn’t running away from Brendan Fraser…and cats.
I had fancy splints to wear overnight to make sure my calves stretched while I slept.
I was prescribed exercises to make me stronger, which included learning to keep my core engaged while breathing, and funny walks to strengthen my rear glutes.
I was strongly encouraged to go Aqua Jogging! I tried it a few times, but I felt like something of a lame duck. The start of each lap had me revving up faster than a prehistoric family trying to jump-start their sedan.
Not to mention, I was always fiddling with the excess string.
I bought some compression sleeves (calf and ankle because more is better, of course) and started finding my way to the treadmill for short walks. I also tested the waters with some short swims and have gotten some distance back.
It’s now the beginning of February and I finally feel like my legs are happy again. On the weekend I got out with my running buddy and we ran our very own 5k!
The silver lining is that I’ve learned what my weaknesses are and how to reduce the likelihood of injuries in the future…but I have to admit that starting from scratch was a real bi…g, humbling experience.
Now it’s your turn:
Have you ever been sidelined by an injury?
Did you just rely on rest or did you get help?
What helped you mentally get through it?
Did you feel like you were able to come back stronger?
Julie Erdmann writes as the character “TriGirl” on her blog, Tri-ing to be Athletic. She uses stick figures to illustrate her triathlon training, as well as other adventures. She has never considered herself an athlete, but is enjoying these new activities, along with the online and racing communities she has discovered. In her down time, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.