Finding the right head space

In the grand scheme of life, breaking a toe doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. I mean, it’s a toe. But waddling around in this little post-op shoe of mine seems to elicit the stories from people. I’ve heard about people breaking their own toes. I’ve heard about family members breaking their toes. I’ve gotten personal stories from mother, my pastor, and a teacher at the kids school.

And when people don’t have broken toe stories to tell, they have broken leg, broken arm, sprained ankle, bum knee, surgery, and hangnail stories to tell.

At some point in your life, you will probably be met with some sort of injury. Whether it’s a big injury or small, chronic or acute, injuries just suck the life right out of you and your training. It will undoubtedly mess with your head. Runner’s World even wrote an article likening the stages of injury to the stages of grief.

But there are ways to make it through an injury with hopefully more than a shred of your sanity intact. I took the following information from the article The Emotional Side of Running Injuries written by Christine Luff from About.com. This is just a small snippet of the whole article, so be sure to click on through to read the whole thing. She writes specifically about running injuries, but I feel the process can cover ANY activity you do.

  1. See it as an opportunity – Work on your weaknesses.
  2. Stay active – Talk to your doctor about recommendations for safe cross-training activities.
  3. Seek out other stress relievers – Pick up some magazines, books, or a crossword puzzle.
  4. Don’t abandon running altogether – Get involved in other ways, such as volunteering at a race or cheering on your friends.
  5. But find other outlets, too – Doing something that isn’t part of your regular routine will help you appreciate the time off from running
  6. Think positive – An optimistic outlook will help speed up your recovery.
  7. Look toward the future – you’ll appreciate being healthy and running comfortably much more when you come back.

While an injury may take the wind out of your sails, it doesn’t mean the end of the world. The recovery process will end and you will eventually get back to exercising at your normal level.

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  • Bari_F

    I’m pretty much failing at all of those things right now.  Sucks out loud.