Ugh, I knew this would happen!
I over did it, as usual. I push too hard and then hurt myself and derail everything I’ve been working for.
A 9-mile run on Saturday has left me on my butt for the last two days.
And instead of going to the doctor, I decide I’m fine and should wait.
Then, I like to plug my symptoms into WebMD and self-diagnose.
That website is the worst idea ever. It has completely turned me into a hypochondriac.
All of a sudden a migraine becomes a possible aneurism.
A pain in my side becomes a potential tumor.
And this pain in my foot that kept me from walking was most certainly a fracture.
Good news: my foot isn’t broken.
(Full disclaimer: I’m not entirely sure since I haven’t been to the doctor. If it is broken, my body has magical healing powers apparently, because I can walk now.)
Anyway this made me think about injury prevention.
I’ve done everything they said I was supposed to do: increase my mileage slowly and steadily, wear good shoes, warm up properly, stretch afterward, hydrate blah blah blah.
Here are some tips from Livestrong.com on how you can prevent injury if you’re taking up a new physical activity for the New Year.
1. Warm-up. Give yourself 5-10 minutes to get your muscles warm. Make sure if you do stretches you do dynamic stretching and not static stretching. Static stretching is best for after a workout.
2. Lift weights: Building muscle mass will help protect your bones. Period.
3. Stretch more: Being more flexible is good for your joints and can protect you from injury. Toss in some yoga a few times a week, if you can.
4. Learn the right way. According to Livestrong, even running sometimes needs a little guidance to ensure you aren’t hurting yourself when you pound the pavement.
And here’s a final tip added by yours truly:
5. Sometimes, you just need to sit one out. Now that I look back, I think my injury was simply overuse. I was doing things right but pushed it too hard. In my opinion, It’s OK to take a break once in a while and can actually be beneficial for your training.