Everything that goes up must go down. Anyways, that is the law of gravity. How fast it goes down is totally up to you and how fast it goes up is as well, totally up to you.
I am writing this because last Friday I had a running accident. I rolled my ankle pretty bad and had to ask for a ride back home. That hit me hard. I was afraid of how bad things were or how bad they could be.
Fast forward to four days later I am feeling so much better. Still have to be careful of where I am putting my feet and of my turns not being too aggressive but Wednesday was the day that I was able to run again. Ouf, I am feeling like if I was Wolverine right now.
The question is what did I do to heal fast? Well, the first thing first, I did not take pain killers. I was listening to my body and doing whatever I could do, pain-free. That involved not running for 4 days. The first day well, I rested, iced, treated the swelling and I tried to elevate my leg at every opportunity I had.
I hydrated properly, I had turmeric, vitamin c, fuelled properly and did other things such as swimming and cycling pain free. The key in this story is that I had to take it easy for a couple of days and take the time to take care of my body. I had two wonderful massages to help release the tension in my muscles in order to help my body relax and heal instead of fighting to stay upright.
Instead of going for a run I went walking (without limping) or I got to enjoy a massage to get myself back in the game.
Fast forward to Thursday, I could go for a run but I still had to be careful. I have to make my easy and recovery runs. The harder runs will come naturally and taking a week off will not slow you down. What will slow you down is staying injured for a long time.
Take the time to heal and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can be surprised of how supportive your environment can be if you open yourself to it and accept help from others.
Happy training and keep having fun and laughing. Laughing is a great way to release stress and help manage pain. 🙂