January 9 2018
These five tips can help you start and keep a new routine this year.
Yesterday was my first time running in a month. It is hard for me to not be able to run, push myself and push past my limits–to not be able to work harder than I did the day before.
I’ve learned the hard way that when it comes to injuries, rest and recovery are so important to coming back better than ever. I injured my shoulder from overuse, and instead of resting (which is what the doctor prescribed!), I decided to push through the pain. I thought that “going lighter” would be enough. Let me tell you: it wasn’t. My inability to follow my doctor’s orders actually made my injury worse. To this day, I still have to be careful, because the injury was never able to properly heal.
So when I felt a bad case of shin splints coming on, I forced myself to rest. Most runners know that shin splits are like a delivery from the devil: the pain can be unbearable, and there is no real solution. You can’t really foam roll your shins, and there is no stretch that really helps relieve tension in that area. When shin splints catch up to you, the only solution is rest. So rest is what I did. I’ve spent the last month forcing myself to go easier, to use the bike or strider instead of the treadmill. I’ve forced myself to spend more time warming up before workouts and more time stretching after they were over.
Yesterday was my first time running since coming back from shin splints, and though I am not where I was, it felt so good to be running again.
Here are some of my favorite tips for preventing and healing injuries: