7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

Yup, we did something crazy this week. The Hubs and I found out the kids were going to Wisconsin Dells so we made reservations, packed, hopped in the car and surprised them!

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

The Dells is only a 3.5 hour trip from our house so it was a nice ride after work on Friday. We drove up in 95 degree weather on the first day of Fall. Yeah it was hot and a great surprise!7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

It was wonderful getting away for a quick weekend. We have both been pretty busy with work so it was nice to unplug and just enjoy the kids!

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

Duane is finishing up a knee ache lately. Remember that shed we put together? Somehow he managed to tweak his knee and we’ve been dealing with an ache ever since then. That’s why I’ve been running by myself lately.

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

But he’s been taking good care of his injury after a doctor visit with physical therapy, heat and rest.  Of course, this didn’t come at a good time since we are planning on running the Brückeläufe Half Marathon next month. Wait a minute–injuries never come at a good time! We just deal with them as smart runners right?

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

All kidding aside, here are 7 tips to get you past the injury woes!

Running Injury Tips!

1. Rest. Try this first. A lot of times just taking a break allows your body to heal and fix itself. Rest is never a bad thing.

2. Seek professional help. I love when I see Facebook posts with injury symptoms and advice requests. Even though your running friends may have had the same symptoms it’s always a good idea to see someone who went to school for this!

3. Try Physical Therapy. Depending on your injury, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. Here you get to do specific exercises that will strengthen the muscles around your injury, get massages or heat therapy and some places even offer acupuncture.  

4. Cross-Train. I can’t say this enough! You can still use your arms, torso and shoulders to do other things when you legs aren’t happy. There’s always, swimming, biking and yoga to get your heart pumping. 

5. Don’t Push through the Pain. The pain means something is wrong so listening to your body is always a good choice. When something hurts go back to tip #1 and work your way down this list again.

6. Make goal adjustments. As you heal, you might have to take your goals and adjust them. Instead of doing the race this year, save it for next year. Or depending on how your healing, maybe you could run the half marathon instead of the full. Adjustments are hard but it could save you from making your injury worse.

7. Embrace the injury suck! I know injuries suck but they happen. You can choose to bury yourself under a rock or try something new to keep your mind off of not being able to run. My personal favorite– binge-watching all 92 episodes of Mad Men!

Back to Wisconsin

We really did surprise the kids and had a blast. We spent 3 nights enjoying water, trees and a “little” running. The first weekend of Fall felt like Summer and the Hub’s knee did well on our short run. Hopefully Michigan will be just as fun. 

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

As for the kids, they are already planning our next trip!

7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

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One Response to 7 Running Injury Tips, Surprises and Grandkid Fun!

  1. Terri Tatroe says:

    Great blog! I’m injured and working through it. 3 more weeks in a boot and hoping to start PT. Great tips! We surprised 10 of my family members by going camping first and they showed up family by family! It was such a great 4 day weekend in Indiana!

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