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Dealing with Injury (Running Coaches Corner)

I spent a great deal of the past year and a half dealing with injury, and in honor of my one year anniversary since being diagnosed with a sacral stress fracture and being put on crutches with no activity. Join up with Running Coaches Corner!

First of all, thank you all so much for you incredible love and support yesterday as I began my discussion of my infertility treatment. I never had any trepidation putting those words out there because I knew that you all would have my back!

Last day for the YogDev Yoga Wheel Giveaway!

Perfect for today: Don’t miss my guest post for Laura explaining How to Navigate Training during the Holiday Season!

Dealing with Injury

Dealing with injury? Learn how to protect your body image, help your friends support you, and more. Join the Running Coaches Corner Link up! http://suzlyfe.com/dealing-injury-running-coaches-corner-38/

Oh, goodness, I’ve written a thing or two on dealing with injury. Today, I am looking back at posts that cover the mental side (and some physical aspects) of coping and dealing with injury.

What CAN You Say to an Injured Athlete?

So often we are told what NOT to say to an injured athlete or injured runner, but what CAN you say to someone who is dealing with injury. How to actually connect with an injured athlete, support them, and help them out in a way that doesn’t make them want to throw a chair at you.

Dealing with Forced Rest without Going Crazy

Last year, I was ordered to take at least 2 weeks of complete rest (and I am going to be doing the same before too long!). After going from marathon training, to starting to run, to still being able to do the bike every day and walking (even though I was in pain), to…. NOTHING. How to deal with one of the most infuriating parts of dealing with injury: forced rest!

Fueling for Injury Recovery

Nutrition is SUCH a critical component of an athlete’s training regimen. Nutrition is also incredibly important for injury recovery. Take a look at a day in the life of my eats during the most critical part of my injury recovery.

Protecting Your Body Image During Time Off

One of the most important posts I’ve ever written, in my opinion. For active individuals and athletes, taking time off from fitness due to injury (and not just because they desire a change or break), can threaten their healthy body image because they are so used to seeing themselves in a strong, capable light. Find out how I protected my positive and healthy body image when I was not allowed to workout.

What I learned From Injury and Success

Bringing it all together, putting the scope of injury and recovery into perspective. The lessons that I learned from a year of injuries as well as major successes. Spoiler alert: you CAN live without running.

5 pieces of advice you need if you are dealing with injury #coachescorner #runchat Click To Tweet

If you are dealing with an injury, know that you are NOT at the end of the road. Yes, you might have to take some time off, and that might be days, it might be months. But at the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to get back out there in some way. Attack your recovery like you did your training, but with the learned eye of knowing what you did to get yourself there! Reach out to professionals–a good physical therapist who can help you deal with muscle atrophy and activation can help keep you out of PT in the long term. Talk to a running coach to help you come back conservatively and avoiding re-injury!

I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.

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54 Comments

  • Reply Carla

    I thought of you again last night when out of nowhere the child came up to me and asked: mama what is fertility treatment? XXX mama is doing that and I needed to know how I can help”
    xo
    Carla recently posted…I don’t see color.My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 5:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awww. Best wishes and luck to them!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    You know my battles with injuries over the last two years! I’m really hoping 2017 has zero injuries and lots of running/cross training. Great tips!
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Double Workout  DayMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I HOPE SO TOO!!!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ Fruition Fitness

    Great tips as always!
    Michelle @ Fruition Fitness recently posted…Santa’s Toy Trot 5k RecapMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Michelle!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Luckily I am not dealing with an injury, and haven’t had to in quite some time. Hey wanted to tell you I finally listened to your podcast interview with Diz. Loved it!
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Now I can sit back and relax!My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AW, YAY! That makes me so happy! HAPPY DANCE

      December 8, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Lol you speak at the perfect time for this swollen-ankled limper.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Snickerdoodles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Dealing with injury and forced rest is never fun for a runner. I am really trying to approach my training smarter this year and avoid injury. Thanks for the link up
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…“Tri” ing to Organize my 2017 Race ScheduleMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Avoiding injury is always the best way to deal with it!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    You’ve had a rough time of it this year! Who ever thought rest would be so hard!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Savannah Anniversary TripMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Runners know better!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Great tips! I think the coach or trainer or physical therapist has a huge role in the person’s recovery. When I had to quit dance because of my knees, I had some really harsh and terrible doctors and physical therapists who made me sink even deeper in to depression. The right match and the right words and support are so crucial for the person going through the injury.
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…WIAW: Most PopularMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are SO right. Having the right team behind you is everything!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Jenn @ Run With Sole

    Being injured is so tough! When I had my surgery in October (not running related), I had such a tough time. I felt so alone and isolated. My best friends are my running friends and not being able to see them was tough. So spending time with your crew while injured (getting coffee or lunch) can really help prevent that isolated feeling.
    Jenn @ Run With Sole recently posted…Strength Every Runner Should Do: Exercises with a TwistMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I bet it was REALLY tough not being able to run during October, when it feels like the entire world is running!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I think the mental aspect of dealing with injury is the worse. After the marathon I was pumped to run RnR Las Vegas. What I wasn’t expecting was having a hrd time and not enjoying the races because of injury. It really messed with my mental game fore sure.
    Kimberly G recently posted…Organize Yourself to be a Better RunnerMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Injury is, pure and simple, a mind F***. I hope you are well on your way to being mended!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Oh, I know ALL about dealing with injury! Ugh. It’s so hard to be sidelined.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Race Recap: Panama City Beach Half MarathonMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you know the hurt!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Great tips, as always! Forced rest is the hardest part of injury, at least for me.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Prevent Injury by Improving Your Running CadenceMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know anyone who enjoys it!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply kat

    As someone who is currently dealing with an injury, I can only say how borderlined depressed and completely frustrated I feel at this point. Right now Im just trying to do what I can without completely pulling my hair out. I’m blessed to not have to take forced rest – yet. Knowing my luck its coming lol
    kat recently posted…[WIAW] Eating For Pleasure [& still packing in the nutrition!]My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I truly hope not, but if it is what your body needs, then it (very unfortunately) is what you must do. I really really hope not, though.

      December 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Just coming back from injury myself. Luckily it wasn’t that bad and didn’t require too much time off, but regardless it’s always really tough mentally.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…The Value in Finding Your CommunityMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Absolutely! Regardless of the injury, it sucks having to take time off from something you love!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    The mental aspect is hardest for me- wanting to get out there and train but knowing I could make it worse if I did. You definitely have had some good advice here about dealing with all aspects of injury!
    Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder recently posted…Tips for runDisney Newbies: Your First Disney RaceMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that no one needs it, but if they do need it, it is here!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Such a great roundup of advice! I’ll definitely be saving *just incase* I need it for later!

    December 7, 2016 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you don’t!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I feel nervous just reading this post like injuries are contagious if I stare at the word too long. I can’t believe it’s been a year already since you hurt your back. I am so glad that nightmare is over.
    Suzy recently posted…Coffee Gives Me The RunsMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good grief, me too.

      December 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Ariana Fotinakis

    We must be on the same wave length today! I shared some insight about the same thing, although I’d much rather deal with my current injury than a back injury! *Knock on wood*. I can’t believe it’s already been a year for you – and look how far you’ve come!
    Ariana Fotinakis recently posted…Dealing With An InjuryMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that we all have to remember that–how far we’ve come. Each injury is a challenge to come back from!

      December 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    I don’t exactly know what complete rest is. I’m antsy in general, and don’t really sit still for long. Even at work, I fidget a lot.
    Lesley recently posted…One Thing Running Has Taught MeMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 10:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You could always take up knitting, I suppose?

      December 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Injury sucks so bad, but you dealt with it so well! I need to share this with my mom. She just had back surgery and is trying to get back to doing all the things way too soon.
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…December 2016 GoalsMy Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PLEASE MOM DON”T COME BACK TOO QUICKLY. Especially with back surgery. Just… don’t. Please don’t/.

      December 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    We’ve all been there. The hard part (for me) is finding others who are also side-lined at the same time LOL
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted……But I don’t have time to Streak….My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Because it legitimately always feels like everyone else is running when you can’t!

      December 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    It is tough on the soul (sole lol) to take time off from running. This is all good advice. It’s pretty important to stay active in a way that you can, and take care of yourself. And know that you will be able to run again.
    Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs recently posted…10 Tips for Starting a Running Program in the New Year (or anytime!)My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely. And even if you don’t run again? There is still so much more to go after!

      December 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Love how you combined all your posts on injury. <3 Injury can be so hard to deal with, but you have a really compassionate understanding of those struggling with it Susie.

    December 8, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You can’t fight the inevitable–you must strive for just that, Emily–compassionate understanding. Perfectly said!

      December 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply San

    Thanks so much for sharing your valuable expertise! I have not been injured from running (yet – besides a black toenail – ha!), but I am sure that we all have to deal with it sooner or later (I hope later).
    San recently posted…A wishlistMy Profile

    December 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, black toenails are no joke 😀

      December 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, injuries SUCK big time so I have no doubts that your posts have helped SO many people!
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    December 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    You always have such great resources! It is so tough dealing with injury, whether it’s you or a loved one/close friend. I think it’s important to try to stay as positive about the situation as you can and stay committed to recovering safely!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…November Monthly Goal Recap and December Running GoalsMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that positivity is a must– otherwise, you can’t stay committed!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    Another great post of yours Susie with awesome tips! I have been battling some injuries this year like never before. I don’t have post to link-up but next week again!
    Have a great week my friend!
    Pinning and stumbling this post!
    Ilka recently posted…Photo Transfer Christmas OrnamentsMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Ilka!You are the best!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm

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