Getting Over an Injury Mentally

First, your body heals.  Whether you 100% believe me or not-it’s true and I wouldn’t lie to you (then I’d have no friends).  You break a bone?  You’ll heal.  You stretched out a muscle to far?  It will return to normal.

The day I got my stress fracture in July 2011, I could not walk.  At all and running was not in the cards.   As a new runner I had no idea what was going on and did all I really knew how to do, whine, cry and complain until the next day, in which I did the same thing.

Taking a month off of running?  More than that for an injury? 

2, 3, 4 months…you get the point.

You will be running eventually, trust me I’m the epiphany of running injuries.  I go from knee problems to broken arms and from it band problems to stress fractures…

The hardest part of overcoming an injury (in my opinion at least) is mentally get back in the game.  Let’s take running for example you lost that mental focus.  Two months ago, I was running 10 miles daily and seeing results.   When coming off my stress fracture, my long runs were far less then 10 miles and I was certainly not running 10 miles daily.

This was the day I got my stress fracture and literally couldn’t walk. at all.

So how do I mentally go back to that place I was? Ie: excited to run, workout, do whatever.

First, I WRITE everything down…

So I’m not recording it online-I have a notebook and I’m monitoring improvements and all improvements are good.  For instance, you ran 2 more miles then yesterday?  Success!  You ran 5 more minutes pain free?  Wam bam thank you ma’am you are on a journey to recovery.

Second-You don’t have to be all or nothing right now (or ever).  Some is better than none.

Case and point: I’m certainly not running 70 mile weeks right now and I’m 100% happy with what I am running.  Running is a beautiful thing and running any injury free miles is better then none.

Run with your friends

Chances are NO MATTER your pace is there is a friend you can run and catch up with.  Now is the time to get outside and run with someone that might not have felt comfortable running with you at your peak game.  Catch up with your friends.  Run on the treadmill if it’s too cold!

Run for your health

Do you remember back way long ago-you didn’t run to crush your PR’s, you ran because you wanted to be healthy?  Yeah…remember those 3 miles daily you used to run are also just as beneficial!  You don’t need to have a goal race right now because your goal is to come back stronger then ever.

Question for you: How do you get over injuries mentally?