How to Deal: Running with an Injury

Lately, my running has been more of a stressor than an enjoyable experience for me. I have a half marathon coming up in 10 days…and I have a hip/SI joint who are not team players.

Every time I run my hip and back hurt and I need to take 2-3 days to recover from it before I am able to train again. So, needless to say, my training schedule is basically not happening. I am lucky if I run twice a week.

It is definitely a morale killer when something like this happens. Here is what I have been doing to help with this injury and hopefully (fingers crossed) get this half marathon done.

Before we get into the list of things that I have done to help with my injury…let me give you a little background.

This past summer I injured my back. I have a history of back issues, but this one took the cake for being the worst! If you follow my Instagram you probably saw these pictures.

I was super broke…and spent most of the week in a recliner trying to avoid my back from spasming. And when I finally could walk around comfortably, I still had a lean. Luckily, I was able to bounce back from it pretty quickly – I would say it took about 2 weeks.

After that, I slowly got back into running. I did the Across the Bay 10K and everything was fine.

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I did the Turkey Trot 5K and everything was fine.

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Then, I started to get serious about training for the 10-miler and half marathon. This is where everything changed. I think between the longer and more frequent runs my back injury from the summer decided to pop up again. Every time I run there is some kind of pain. That 10-miler = pain, especially toward the end. And every training run since that = some sort of pain.

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So, to help alleviate that pain and not hurt myself any further, here is what I have been doing to help my back and make it to this half marathon.

1- Going to the chiropractor. Some people like them, some people don’t. I am a huge proponent of this alternative therapy. It has always helped me with my back pain in the past and I have been able to avoid pain killers and muscle relaxers.

2- Going to the acupuncturist. This was recommended to me by my chiropractor over the summer. The needle thing freaked me out at first, but I was in so much pain I would have done anything. Acupuncture really seemed to help and I still go occasionally.

3 – Sports massage. I just added this in recently and it has helped a lot! Come to find out my hips are really, really tight and this is causing the majority of my issues. No matter how much stretching I do on my own I can never quite get in there to get the muscle to relax…however, the massage therapist definitely can! This is 100% a hurts so good situation.

4 – Stretching, rolling, and yoga. Both stretching and yoga are great ways to cross-train while you run. I go to yoga 1-2 times per week and stretch at home all the time. Stretching and watching TV is a great combo 🙂 Also, using a foam roller has helped too.

5- Epsom Salt Baths. This is some hardcore self-care right here. I find taking baths hard because you just have to sit there. I could be doing so many things during that 20-30 minutes. But, I have had to step back and just accept that my body needs that time. I usually listen to an audiobook or put on some YouTube videos to pass the time. Ultimately, this practice has really helped.

6- Heat. I put heat on my back and hip as often as possible. I have a heating pad at my desk, I put the heated seats on in my car, I have another heating pad on when I am sitting on my couch. The heat keeps everything loose and the massage therapist highly recommended I keep this up.

7- Walking. Some days I can’t even fathom running…or if I did run I wouldn’t get very far. So, instead, I walk. This allows me to keep moving but at a much lower impact then the run would be. I feel like I will be doing a lot of walking during this half marathon.

So, those are the main things that I am doing to try and deal with this injury. I really just want to get this half marathon done and revel in my accomplishment.

Mentally, this injury has been hard. I have been stress eating (this is something I suggest NOT doing!) I have been really hard on myself. And, I have thought about backing out of this half marathon about a million times. However, the chiropractor and the massage therapist assure me that I will be able to get through it.

I am really trying hard to frame this whole situation in a positive light…I will accomplish what I set out to do…I will achieve the goal I have set for myself…I would have never been able to do this 100 pounds ago…it doesn’t matter how long it takes, I will get that half marathon done.

Things can only go up from here, right?

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3 thoughts on “How to Deal: Running with an Injury

  1. oh my gosh, you really have been through the wringer – and back issues are so hard to ‘work through’ while running. I applaud you for fighting through it and I hope you still choose to do the Half – even if you have to walk some of it. My first Half was definitely a run/walk event and it did not impact my joy about finishing. Do what you can and be kind to yourself…you’ll be so happy you finished you won’t care how you go there 🙂

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