Down, But Not Out
First, a big
to everyone for their wonderfully supportive comments and emails about being injured and considering giving up running. Your kind words and encouragement brought tears to my eyes. So many of you made great points that I had failed to see.
I get the MRI results this afternoon. As of now, I know I can’t run. It’s just a matter of finding out how long.
I am not a doctor or medical professional. To avoid further injury or delaying recovery it is always best to consult with your physician or physical therapist about your specific injury and what activities you can and can’t do.
Sure, there’s still the frustration, but I keep coming back to the thought that I’m down, but I’m not out. For my mental well being (and for that of those that live with me) I know that it’s best for me to find safe alternatives to keep moving and to stay as active as possible. After a conversation with my doctor about my specific injury and staying active I’m confident that I can come up with a plan that will keep me motivated and keep me moving forward with fitness instead of feeling like I’m moving backward.
Focus on what you CAN do!
Tips you can keep in mind when planning your workouts. If your injury is in your lower extremities — knees, ankles, feet, shins, or calves — try no-impact forms of cardio, such as swimming, biking, and rowing. You can also continue to do resistance-training focusing on your upper body, such as shoulders, back, chest, arms and abs.
If you’ve sustained an injury in your upper body you can do high-intensity lower body cardio like running, step aerobics, jumping rope, elliptical machine, spinning, and so on. You can also continue to do strength exercises focusing on your lower body, such as lunges, squats, leg presses, and dead lifts.
I love trying new things. Some are great and others not so much. But, this is not the time to try something new. I need to do what I know I will enjoy and what has brought me the most success. For me that’s P90X. There are 4 or 5 DVDs of the set focusing on the upper body that I can safely do without modification. That is where I’ll start. I have a few ideas for cardio keeping in mind that Chad is not going to let me have a pool built! I also have a few options for lower body strength training. I’ll know for sure after my appointment today if what I have in mind for lower body is doable and ok’d by the doctor.
8/19-8/25 Training Plan
Monday: Chest and Back, Ab Ripper
Tuesday: Cardio (?)
Wednesday: Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper
Thursday: Yoga, Cardio (?)
Friday: Legs (?), Ab Ripper
Saturday: Yoga, Cardio (?)
I’m linking up with Jen at Marathon Mom for Marathon Monday.
What is your plan for staying active this week? What is your love-to-do and most successful workout?