Recovering from an Injury Sucks

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RECOVERING FROM AN INJURY

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I did a get healthy with me post and I thought it was about time we had a catch up. One of the main reasons I haven’t been posting these is because I had an injury. And recovering from an injury sucks.  

The injury  

As many of you will know, I’m a runner. Imagine my frustration when I feel down the stairs and got a stress fracture in my hip. I’d like to point out here that I was 100% sober when this incident occurred. To be honest, I think I’d rather not have been. At least then I’d have an excuse for being so stupid.  

Recovery  

The official recovery time for a stress fracture is 4-6 weeks before attempting any form of activity. I knew at 4 weeks my body wasn’t ready, there was still too much pain when any there was any harsh impact on my leg. I started to feel fit enough around week 6 or 7 and started attempting things like running down the stairs or a light jog with my dog before I tried to go on a proper run.  

Real running, with times, goals and pacing began at week 8. Which was 2 weeks ago.  

recovering from an injury

Getting back into it 

Getting back into it after an injury is so scary. You’re worried about causing yourself more pain, you’re worried about pushing yourself too hard and then you also worry about not pushing yourself enough.  

But there’s another kind of pain, the mental pressure you put on yourself. One of the biggest frustrations I have when I try to get back out there is my decline in performance. And I really beat myself up about it.  

Obviously, my logical brain knows my body is healing and it hasn’t ran in a while. It’s rusty, I’m rusty. But that means nothing when you’re out there and feel like you have very little control over how fast you’re going.  

I entered a half marathon about 2 weeks before I fell down the stairs. I know, my timing is impeccable. So not only do I have the pressure I’m putting on myself to perform better, I have a time pressure too.  

Three months of time pressure, to be exact. Three months exactly to get from 0 miles to 13.2. 

Current Status 

I ran today, it was supposed to be a tempo run, a quick pace but not pushing yourself too hard. I ran that tempo mile today at 10 seconds a mile quicker than I would have ran a steady pace 10k 3 months ago.  I’ll say it again, recovering from an injury sucks.  

recovering from an injury
One of my slowest miles ever, recovering from an injury sucks.

When I run, I use the Nike+ running app and follow their training plans for the most part. I started a new plan before doing my first run. As I’m in the early stages, and I set my current workout routine as nothing when I started my plan, I’m currently only running about a mile at a time. And I still can’t pick up the pace.  

Other Factors  

Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a heatwave going on right now. Going from zero activity to trying to run in this has been a struggle. As I mentioned in my last post, I also haven’t had an appetite recently. So, I’m not fuelling my body properly, I’m trying to make it train in conditions it isn’t used to, it’s recovering from injury. And I wonder why I’m struggling? 

Going forward  

Obviously, I have goals. If I’m going to complete this half marathon, I need to get myself focused again. For me that means two things: 

Goal 1 

Stop beating myself up and get on with it.  

I was fairly fit before the stairs incident. Obviously, my body has declined a little in the last couple of months, but it hasn’t given up on me completely. My main goal is to have faith that my pace will pick up after I dust away the cobwebs and find my running rhythm again.  

Goal 2  

Readdress expectations  

This one is hard to swallow. I didn’t have an ideal time in mind for my half marathon, all I knew was that I wanted to complete it in less than two hours. While I’d love for that to happen still, I don’t know how realistic that is now I’m recovering. Sadly, at this moment in time, my goal is simply to feel fit enough to complete it at all. Hopefully, when I next update you on this I’ll have a better idea of how long it will take me. 

Have you got any fitness related goals you’re working towards right now? I’d love to know what you’re getting up to.  

Until next time,  

Sophie  



15 thoughts on “Recovering from an Injury Sucks

  1. So sorry to hear about your injury! It must have been quite daunting getting back out there and running after two weeks. The heat definitely doesn’t help but that’s amazing to hear that your goal is to run a half marathon. I do a lot of running myself but still don’t feel ready for that kind of leap.

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

  2. This is my first time reading one of you get healthy with me posts! So sorry to hear about your injury but glad you’re recovering now and well done you for waiting until you were completely ready to run again! I’m glad you’ve realised you need to stop beating yourself up, that’s the first hurdle! And obviously the heat does make a massive difference! I think you’re such an amazing person for even doing the half marathon! Keep going girlie!

    At the moment I’m hoping to exercise for 30 minutes a day every day. That’s my goal at the moment!

    Lots of love,

    Molly xo

  3. My boyfriend hurt his ankle a while ago and just seeing him go through similar to this makes me so sad, it must be so frustrating not being able to get straight back into things and having to pace yourself. Definitely don’t be so hard on yourself, you sound like a very hard worker and you will soon build yourself back up when your body is ready, slow and steady and all that! x

    Alice | http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

  4. Good luck for your half marathon I can’t wait to read more about your training and how you get on with it, I’d love to be able to do one but I haven’t been out running for ages, like you said the weather has been so hot I can’t run for more than a mile without feeling tired and out of breath so it’s not worth it. Hopefully it’ll cool down soon so I can get back out there too!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  5. Ah good luck with your half marathon, it’s great to hear your getting back into running again after your injury. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to rest and recovering, I desperately want to exercise and get moving and feel guilty when I don’t. However, rest is so important, especially after an injury.Don’t be too hard on yourself! Your dedication is amazing! X

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

  6. I am desperate to get back into fitness when my health is better! I can only imagine how frustrating this is for someone who is passionate about fitness and a regular runner. Like you said, it’s so important to properly let your body heal as otherwise it could cause some really nasty long-term damage. I hope you’re back to 100% soon and good luck with your run!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  7. I understand your frustration completely, I was ill for nearly a month with various problems and tonsilitis which halted all my exercise progress! I had only got into running about 10 weeks before too. I’m going to get back into it when I get home from travelling and I expect I will face frustration like you did too. This was a wonderful post and a helpful reminder for me to not be too harsh on myself!
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com/

  8. Oooh I feel your pain. I recently hurt my ankle and it had me out of action for weeks. I too felt nervous to get back into it for fear of making things worse. You are streets ahead of me in terms of where you are though, 10k for me is a bit of a dream away. Still, I’m further along than I ever thought I would be. Ome of the things I found though is that I didn’t lose my fitness as quickly as I thought I would which, of course, I am super pleased about!

    Amy
    http://www.missamyrach.com

  9. I can definitely commiserate with you! I used to be an irish dancer and broke my foot TWICE within two years in the same exact spot! While the physical pain was terrible, obviously, the mental pain was worse. I put so much pressure on myself while I was injured to plan ahead for a comeback, etc. both times. And every time I couldn’t hit a goal I’d set for myself it devastated me.

    Sadly, I had to give up dancing, which crushed me (still does). But I still find ways to be active and healthy that I enjoy, so not all is lost. And I’ve definitely learned to give myself a bit of a break more 🙂

    xx Lauren

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