DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF
Comparison to your former self will be a natural thing to do, but this will only lead to frustration as will most probably not be at the same fitness as you were before your injury. It’s important that you approach your post-injury training as a blank page and start to build up your base fitness again, whilst still continuing those vital recovery stretches. With time and carful training you will get back to the level of performance before your injury you just need to be patient.
EACH DAY IS A NEW DAY
It’s easy to become demoralised when returning from an injury as the fall-off of fitness can seem great if you have not been able to run for a long period. To maintain motivation, a good idea is to treat your training as ‘one day at a time’. It may sound cliché, but patience is key and taking it one day at a time will allow you to see the improvements that are making, however small. This will stop you focusing on the long route back to the place you were at before your injury.
When you’re coming back from injury holistic training, i.e. cross-training or core work, is a great idea to aid and strengthen the areas of muscles that your injury has affected.
It’s possible that this sort of training can be done during the time you are off running – but it’s important to consult your physio first. This will also help to ease the boredom that may surface when you’re off running and make you feel like you are making some progress. This cross-training will be advantageous for your performance as it will contribute to making you a stronger runner.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to train smartand monitor any symptoms of your injury returning. If you feel any niggles, then listen to your body and stop training and review your training plan – the last thing you want is for the injury to reoccur and have to stop running again for a prolonged amount of time again.
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