Hello! So … I injured my leg and cannot run. This is sad, frustrating, frightening, and it's just a process of finding out what exactly is an injury! Today I talk about how I first felt pain in my legs and how it grew into an injury. PLUS a FREE print planner for injured runners (get it below).
This is the schedule when my leg started to hurt, my run after that and progression to complete injury. Then I limp you through what I did right now – RICE, emergency care, my doctor’s appointment and physiotherapy. I am trying to find out if this is tendonitis or a stress fracture.
And since I received so many comments and questions asking me how to survive, DO NOT RUN … I have a free printable PDF file where you can plan how to stay active when you cannot run. Print it out and actually write in the answers.
It is really hard to stay positive when you get a diagnosis that keeps you from running for 6-8 weeks. This sucks! Therefore, you must fight this by focusing on what you can do.
If you can’t run, yes, it sucks. But what can you do? Focus on the actions your doctor has authorized you to do. Make a bucket list! If you already have one, select a few things to cross out!
Get out of the bubble and spend time with people who care about you. Volunteer. Learn something new!
What to do when you cannot run – planner and ideas
Make your bucket list (a list of the things you want to do before you die). Then choose something to do and cross it off the list!
Workouts I can do:
Make a list of exercises, training sessions, ways to be active that you can do. If you have not asked your doctor what you can do, write down some ideas and then contact them to make sure that you are admitted to these trainings.
Note: make sure that this is all approved by your doctor so that you no longer injure yourself, aggravate, or extend the healing time. Safety comes first. Remember that your long-term goal is to become strong and healthy again.
Things to do just for fun:
Make a list of fun things you would like to do! Brainstorm all the interesting things you can see / do / learn about / see / try / etc.
What you need to think to create your list …
What are your unmanageable interests?
Are there any local museums or attractions that you have never seen? Be a tourist in your city!
Are there people in your life with whom you would like to spend more time? Plan with them.
What other hobbies are you interested in?
Is there an area of your life that you want to work on?
What do you want to know? Is there a class you can take?
Travel! Visit someone from the city. Go somewhere you love or somewhere new
Foot injury posts:
First started a leg injury
Leg injury, part 2
Leg injury information for runners with upper leg pain
What can you do if you are injured and cannot start a podcast
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