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Welcome to the final installment of Marathon Training Prep Week!

Monday, the festivities kicked off with the announcement that I am going to be a Marathon Coach with Chicago Endurance Sports this summer as well as the launch of the Summer Shape Up Blog Hop Giveaway where I am focusing on Healthy Snacks on the Go.

Tuesday’s topic was about How to Avoid Burnout during Marathon Training.

Wednesday (National Running Day) looked at Balance in Your Marathon Training Diet.

Thursday offered some of my favorite Running Takeaways and Inspiration for Marathon Training.

Today’s topic?

Cross Training through Running Injuries.

Injury during marathon training is, rather unfortunately, rather probable, regardless of how careful you are. Sometimes, these are just “take the next 24 hours off” blips in the radar; sometimes, you are dealing with a season-ending gash in your plans. Either way, injuries can lead to a lot of frustration, planning, fretting, anxiety, even anger. I’m not saying that I haven’t been there.

I spoke last Thursday about my pendulum like undulations in feelings with regards to my progress. Last year, I wrote a post about feeling “snake bit” with regards to my injury proclivities. I have had to completely adjust my training schedule before, and I’ve missed races (but still met friends!). So what did I do mid-April when I found myself in an injury-pickle? I made a new plan, this time one that would help me keep my sanity as well as (and even improve) my fitness.

For some people, injury means a chance to take time off–and they very much need that. I want to be very clear and say that there is nothing wrong with taking time off. You are not weak. BUT there is also nothing wrong with training while you are recovering. You are not being stupid, if you are very careful about what you are doing and (preferably) have permission to do so!

PLEASE note that I had the permission of my Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist to proceed with my cross training. This is my situation, NOT YOURS. I am not giving you permission! Get your own!

Cross Training During Injury Recovery: Why?

I have some alternative circumstances at play that prompted me not to opt to take the time completely off of exercise, beyond my desire to maintain my fitness lifestyle:

  • The fact that this wasn’t a typical all-out stress injury–yes, it was a stress injury, but not because I was running a ridiculous amount, I was actually running far less!
  • I see myself as only having a about a year left of unabashed, self-involved running before I have to make some really big changes that are most likely going to keep me from the Lake Front Path.
  • My team for Ragnar Chicago was willing to make certain accommodations for me to be able to attempt at least part of the race and be part of the team (THANK YOU GUYS)
  • My body didn’t feel broken down or in need of a break; rather, I felt like I needed some restructuring of my training. 
  • I had permission and options for other training that would not hamper my recovery.
  • I know how to read my body and respond appropriately (ie the difference between pain and discomfort).

Cross Training Through Running Injury: How?

1) Accept the Injury

Seriously, stop trying to fight it! And give your mind a break–fretting about it will just keep you up at night, and isn’t it always better to be happily surprised by getting better way more quickly than to be disappointed every time that you go out?

dealing with injury why im not mad at my body

Don’t Be Mad at Your Body or Yourself

Phase 2 of acceptance is to Reconceptualize the injury. No, you can’t run, but what CAN you do? I couldn’t do anything that would cause impact on my tibia, so ellipicals, even spinning out of the saddle, any sort of high impact moves, they were all out. But I could swim, spin (in the saddle) and walk (in my boot). 

Phase 3 is DO WHAT THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU. I wore a boot for 2 weeks. #DasBootSuz was a way of life. 

2) Invest in your Cross Training

You know how you feel with new shoes, or when you make a date with someone to meet somewhere, or you sign up to do something. So make your cross training mean something. Spend the time, spend the $$, learn about it, and ENJOY it. I took advantage of a Class Pass opportunity and went to Flywheel (did you see my tips for making it work for you?), pilates, even barre. I wasn’t ready to get back to yoga in case of jump backs.

flywheel nevercoast suzlyfe

sidebar: spinning is excellent cross training for runners!

I recommend a combination of both new and old activities: old, familiar, “safe” activities where you know what to expect, and that you know won’t aggravate things. But maybe try some new venues, new types of those activities. But be sure to let the instructor know about your injury.

Even just the simple investment of a Aqua Jogger belt, a good suit, goggles, and cap will promote your swimming!

3) Listen to your Body

Yes, invest in those activities, but don’t jeopardize your recovery. If you wake up the morning before a class, and things don’t feel right, STOP. Swallow the fee (if there is one)–it is likely less than what you would pay the doc to get “fixed.”

Soulcycle with my ladies!

Soulcycle with my ladies!

Learn the difference between pain and discomfort, the aches of a body in the middle of healing and the pains of your good work breaking down. And when in doubt, chill and rest it out.

4) Devise a Schedule like you would your Typical Training

Have a plan! But this is when being flexible is imperative, like I talked about on Tuesday as well as in this post on training with chronic illness. But I like to get back to a real body split strength training cycle (back day, biceps and shoulders day, chest day, triceps day, legs interspersed), “tempo” days (often at Flywheel), and long endurance days. Rest days are still crucial! Have your light and heavy days planned out. 

This time shown just to show you the aqua jogger belt, I promise!

This time shown just to show you the aqua jogger belt, I promise!

You will find comfort in the structure, as well as the ability to improvise (like choosing a different activity for your light day). But always be careful to mind your condition.

5) Gauge your Improvement

This doesn’t just mean to gauge your injury improvement (remember, this improvement will likely NOT be linear!) but your improvement and GAINZ in your new cross training activities! I realized that I was improving in Flywheel significantly, I’m getting stronger, and in the pool, my mind is much more steady and my ability to push is vastly better. 

Starting to see some improvement!

Starting to see some improvement!

Celebrate that you are still able to remain active. Celebrate that you are still able. Don’t wallow. Move onward and upward! 

what doesn t kill you bears

And when it is time to come back? Be careful, cognizant, and remember that it isn’t likely to be perfect. Take your time. And keep cross training!

My last word of advice concerns the larger picture: recalibrate your goals–I am no longer anticipating 8:00-8:30 legs at Ragnar; I will be happy if I am able to do my legs period!

How to Successfully Cross Train through Injury #runchat #marathontraining #fitfluential via @suzlyfe Click To Tweet

Have you ever had to cross train through injury? What was your last major training set back?

 

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79 Comments

  • Reply Annmarie

    Again, great tips! I cross trained through my (no running) injury prior to my first half and I believe that it really helped!!!
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    June 5, 2015 at 5:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks love! You don’t have to loose much ground when you get injured, you just have to find a path around.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I’m so glad yoga made its way into my life when it did because it’s been an integral part of managing the back problems I experience so that I can do all the other things I love, like run. Especially love your advice to listen to your body. Our minds try to trick us, but our bodies always tell the truth if we’re willing to listen. Have a great Friday, Suz!
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    June 5, 2015 at 5:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely. The mind-body connection is so critical, and so telling. Yoga totally turned things around for me as well–as I’ve talked about before. Have a great weekend, my dear!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Coco

    Yep. The most important thing for me is to keep doing SOMETHING. Mostly for my sanity, but also to keep up my routine. Plus, cycling, strength and yoga are all good for my body too.

    June 5, 2015 at 5:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Absolutely. And it is nice to really focus on them again!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I still love that picture of you all dolled up to swim lol. So cute. Great tips today! So important when people can’t run due to injury.
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will always be one of my favorites! (That pic)

      June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    I’m a big fan of cross training! My last set back wasn’t injury related, it was HILL related! When I moved to Vermont, I was not prepared to run hills, let alone on every single run. It really set my running back and I had to start from scratch (or so it felt like) but it definitely made me stronger in the end!
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I imagine I will be in much the same state when I finally leave Chicago! When I ran Twin Cities, it was like HELLO HIP FLEXORS

      June 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Both times that I was in the boot I rode my bike. It really filled the void.
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. When i first started, I couldn’t do certain things even on the bike, and it scared me. But once I figured out what needed to get done, badabing!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    I think that cross training is a great idea, injury or no injury! I tried to train for a half last year and realized very quickly that my body was just not having it. My hip flexors were literally on fire and I would cry in yoga from the pain #notworthit Anyway, I started teaching spin regularly (instead of just subbing) and found very quickly how fast I was able to build up endurance. I’ve also found that my running is much easier and I can certainly go much faster than before without pain!! Woohoo!
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ALL about the cross training–without spin and yoga, there would be no running Suz!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Emotionally it was so hard for me to find something else to replace running while I was injured. Running is also a big part of my social life which made it extra challenging. Cross training through injury kept me strong and sane and ultimately got me back to running faster.
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I understand–I missed my Saturday ladies so much. I know for you it was even more tough! But I think that you did great!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    When I was injured I had to, in a way, compromise with myself about cross training. First I experimented to see what felt ok, and then rather than expecting myself to cross train 4-6 days like how I would run, I just tried to get to the pool like 2-3 days a week and took more rest days as needed. I found that I definitely preferred being active, and I (sort of) learned to appreciate the days when I would swim. Its really the inconvenience that gets to me…I like to be able to walk out the door and go run!
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I tottttally get you! Look at the ridiculous story of me tearing my swim cap in half etc! Such a process. But then, it is also such a process for me to run, lol.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I could have used this back in the day when I was running a lot more (and running through injuries..plantar fasciitis be damned!). I love “gauge your improvement” in your alternate activities. For most runners, we’re just doing it to substitute until we can run again. Much better to take some pride in new skills and gains in your efforts.
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That made such a difference for me! Taking pride in my new improvement. Gainz or leading flywheel or whatever. Doing so takes the focus off of the injury and puts it on your recovery!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Misszippy

    Great post! I’ve been there and crosstraining saved my sanity! I especially like your suggestion to set up a schedule as you would with running–this really helped me. It’s also a great time to work on imbalances and weaknesss that got you there in the first place.
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Totally with you on all points–the structure saved me. But there is also freedom in there, because you get to try new things, so you feel completely different about what is going on.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I’ve been lucky in that the only real running injury I’ve sustained is shin splints, but they are chronic and recur. I’ve been getting them since I ran track 20 years ago! When they come on I have to stop running for a little while but I can still do tons of low impact exercises like biking, swimming, weight lifting etc. I’m not a person that can sit still for extended days/weeks at a time!
    How has your injury been doing lately? And what do you mean you only have one year of running left?!?! Babies?! Are babies coming?!?
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    June 5, 2015 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are going to try to work on babies soon. But Boston first! And shin splints BLOW. I hope they aren’t debilitating.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I definitely did all these things when I had tendonitis. The arc trainer was awesome for me and without it I’m not sure I would’ve maintained the fitness I needed to train for Boston 2014. That and spin was all I did, 5 days per week as if I were running. It worked, but I hope I never have to do it again!
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    June 5, 2015 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I know what you mean! Like, I love the spin bike, and pilates, and all of that, but I like my OWN terms, thanks!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    I really hope I don’t get injured any time soon because I have not found another form of cardio that I enjoy!!
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    June 5, 2015 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that your perspective changes when you have no other choice. You commit to it differently!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    Yes! I’ve had to cross train through an injury. I think you and I were injured around the same time. I am slowly getting back to running and that is largely in part because I did cross train through my injury and did all of my PT exercises. Plus, it’s nice to change things up and do something other than run.
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    June 5, 2015 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And, as you said, you really needed a break! I think you got hurt juuuuust before me, but you are right–we were both falling apart!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I haven’t been injured in years and I have been consistently logging 50-100 mile weeks since about 2006. No jokes. This injury I had last month wasn’t from running but from smashing my big toe and breaking/dislocating it which messed up my foot and my hip. When that happened, I bought a punch pass at our gym and I’d wake up at 5am, head over there and ride the bike for over an hour. I have run ultramarathons but riding the stationary bike has got to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I decided that I would use that opportunity to develop the mental strength that it takes to push through when all I want to do is quit. I felt so bad ass when I got off that bike. I couldn’t walk, so it even looked like I had a swagger.
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    June 5, 2015 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so with you. You can always tell when I am injured or coming off injury by how many books I read! (while on the TM or bike).
      And you freaking are badass. I know this.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    The last serious injury I had while marathon training was a stress fracture in my femur/torn IT band. I pretty much forced myself into 12 weeks of inactivity by not training properly and not listening to my body. Once I was finally able to get back to training, I had to ease my way in focusing more on cross training (elliptical/spinning/etc.). While it was definitely not ideal, the experience taught me a lot about listening to my body. I also find that with Crohn’s disease, it is important to be ok with not feeling “it” the morning before a workout. Sometimes I’ve shied away from long runs and moved my schedule around to accommodate my body and give it the rest I need. I know if I respect my body now, I won’t be severely paying for it down the road. Hope you have a fantastic day! Loved your series this week : )
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    June 5, 2015 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GEEZ woman, that is a serious injury! I definitely feel you with the Crohn’s backing you off the big workout–flexibility is key. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the series! Thank you so much!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Oh Lord the aqua jogger pic brings back memories. I was in the pool doing that for 6 freaking weeks during my second Boston training cycle. Injury sucks but they force you to expand horizons as well. Last injury? Calf strain right before I ran MCM in 2012.
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    June 5, 2015 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely agree with you that it is a big time “what doesn’t kill you makes you strong” situation. I’ve gotta be careful now that I’m coming back so that I don’t strain things.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Rae

    When I hurt my foot last fall I did my best to keep up fitness with the stationary bike, but it was hard because I don’t really like the stationary bike. I wallowed a lot. I was lazy a lot. But I got through it πŸ™‚
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    June 5, 2015 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha yes you did! I agree–we have to figure out what we CAN do. And if stationary bike is it, even if we don’t care for it, it will help make us stronger!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Thank goodness for ClassPass! I feel like that opens the door so much more to crosstraining. It makes it a little less boring when you’re used to the high from a good run πŸ™‚ Flywheel is my jam!
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    June 5, 2015 at 9:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      FLY HIGH MY DEAR

      June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    love this one: “Invest in your cross training”. I think that is so key! We’ll spend money on race entries, shoes and all the gear but cringe about shelling out money for spinning or yoga, etc. Those activities are equally important and must be paid attention to in order to stave off injury!
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    June 5, 2015 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely. You have to pay to play, right? And you can’t assume that spending the $$ just on running will take care of the other issues. <3

      June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Tara @ Running 'N' Reading

    What a great post, Suze! Thankfully, I am not currently injured but I have been in the past and, for me, it was tough to see past what I “couldn’t” do and see all of the things that I still “could” do! This is a wonderful reminder that there are definitely other things out there than running and that the world doesn’t have to end, due to injury. I will remember this! Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!
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    June 5, 2015 at 10:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for reading, and have a great weekend as well! I’ve had so many injuries where I focused on the negative–this time I needed a new mentality!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Salt

    ARGH I hate that you’re injured, but these are some great tips. I’m about to invest in some spin shoes myself. I’ve been trying to back off on the running a little bit and cross train more anyway because I am apparently so prone to injury. Cross training is so necessary in every respect!
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    June 5, 2015 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I had a bike so that I could come ride with you. Runner Blogger Biker Gang!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    When I had my shoulder injury I tried so many different ways to exercise so I coud do something. Great tips here – listening to your body is crucial!
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And learning how to listen is just as important–you have to know what type of discomfort you are dealing with!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    So much truth here! An injury doesn’t have to mean couch time!
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe a little couch time after the fact, but only with a marg in hand, right?

      June 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    This is all such sage advice for injury! When I had my ankle injury, I used the elliptical on the same schedule I would for running: same time of day, same number of days per week, and same duration. The routine helped me stay committed to cross-training and then easily transition back into running. Thankfully (knock on wood) that injury is far behind me now!
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Very similar to my plan! Your body likes consistency (to a point, and then it revolts). Stupid body. But getting on that track is the best. I need to get back to figuring out my training plan now that I am running again.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    It’s been a long while since I was injured but when I was younger I was prone to ankle injuries. I do love your tips and I would my #1 would be to listen to my body. She’s wiser than I am and often knows exactly what is needed πŸ™‚
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish my body was that smart, lol.

      June 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    What a great post and what positivity!! You go girl!!
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks Hellz. It has been a bit of a journey, but I’m hoping to come out the other side healthy again!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Liz

    Heal up quickly! <3

    June 5, 2015 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Liz! I’m trying to πŸ˜€

      June 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    Excellent, thoughtful tips that while no one wants to have to use, are very helpful. Cross training is also a key in avoiding injury so these tips are just useful all around!
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    June 5, 2015 at 11:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth to that. Except that I think that some of the cross training is what got me in trouble, but then again? Who’s to say!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    It’s so important to maintain fitness while working thru an injury and cross training. My sister has been on a running hiatus. But she still manages to get her walks in and rides bike. Every little bit helps. Hope you get a speedy recovery.
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    June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Walks, the bike, we all have our methods. Figuring out what helps without putting too much pressure on the injury (that is trying to heal) is critical!

      June 5, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    dude bears will TOTALLY kill you. i remember going camping with an ex-boyf years ago when i lived upstate (omg i’ve been here foreverrrrr) and we’re about to get into the tent and he’s like, “oh hold up, we have to put up the bear bag,” and i was like, “ummm i sure as heck better have heard you wrong.” so that’s a thing, apparently, which means when you camp in upstate NY, bears are a thing. NOT A FAN.
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    June 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a bear skin rug that my grandfather shot. True story. His name is Brentwood.

      June 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    LOVE this post- especially the bears meme and your adorable purple top. Where did you get it?

    I digress. I love this mainly because everyone needs to know there are other things to do besides get upset when you can’t train the way you want to. Also because it’s important to know when your body needs a break. I’m not injured but currently taking a self-imposed hiatus on all the running because my body was telling me I was hitting burnout- big time. After a loaded spring season training for some of the biggest running achievements I’ve ever had- it was time for some time off.

    I have joined a kickboxing gym in order to try some other type of workout that still uses heart rate training and can definitely see improvement for my mud runs! It’s all about that HIIT baby!
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    June 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE kickboxing. And love even more that you listened to your body and realized that you needed a break–that is huge, and such a tough lesson to learn. I could tell that I wasn’t at that point, that rather it was a fluke issue (and not representative of the overall system). And I love that purple top–it’s from lulu (on sale, only ever on sale) and it is one of my favorites!

      June 8, 2015 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I bet we could write a book on being an injured runner πŸ˜‰ I had a plan and it failed, I believe because I was given too many exercises from my first Physiotherapist. My second PT works at a University and focuses 95% on sports injuries and he GETS my injury 100% (yes, he is a runner, cyclist etc.).
    I wish I would have listen to my needs more and cut ties with my first PT earlier instead of worrying about offending her because I wasn’t progressing. The good news is that I am finally getting better!
    Cross training during an injury is key to your sanity πŸ˜‰
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    June 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Yup! Thanks for your advice and your positive attitude about injury. It always helps to keep a positive attitude!
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    June 5, 2015 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am the first to admit that it can be really hard to stay positive in the face of injury. But if you can, and you realize that you can keep moving forward, you are so much better off.

      June 8, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Farrah

    These are all such wonderful tips. I’m sure I was horrrrribly annoying to all my friends when I effed up my back and couldn’t lift weights for a while. Twas a sad time, but once I accepted it and found other super-low-impact activities that worked around it, things did get better!
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    June 6, 2015 at 12:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that for so long people try to fight what is inevitable–the fact that they have an injury. If you can accept it, you will be able to heal far more quickly because you will stop pushing it.

      June 8, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Yes to all of your tips. The first time I did P90X [modified with a stress fracture [and doc approval] my husband thought I was crazy. Moving in any way you safely can will save your sanity!

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday!

    June 6, 2015 at 2:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactlly–move safely and with doc approval!

      June 8, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Great post, I think I need to share it with my Moms Run this Town group. Not sure why, but the ladies in my group have a hard time resting and will sometimes even run during an injury despite my best efforts to convince otherwise. It’s really quite frustrating!
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    June 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No, you just can’t do that? I understand that a large part of their reason for running is social, but please, people, rest!

      June 8, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Jessie

    Omg Suz! I am dying over the swimming suit photo. Between your posts & the comments you leave on my page/social media, you crack me up! I don’t think theres been a day yet that your words haven’t given me a good laugh. What would I do without you?…. obviously not be as happy πŸ™‚
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    June 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwww, you are way, way too sweet! I love seeing the pictures of you and the girls on IG–they make me smile every time as well!

      June 8, 2015 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I have a minor back injury that limits a few exercises, but I’m learning how to work around it and strengthen my core to protect the back.
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    June 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That will help so much–imbalances are the quickest route to injury!

      June 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

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