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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
As for the kids, they are already planning our next trip!
Ever do something that really surprised someone?