I recently read a Runner’s World article describing the various stages that a runner goes through when dealing with an injury. In Coping With Running Injuries: Good Grief, the author lists the stages:
I learned about these stages during training for the Road Runners Club of America coaching certification as well. And during the entire presentation, every attendee was nodding in agreement … I am in good company, to some extent as runners; we have all been there!
With a little less than two weeks to go until my follow up appointment, I think I am experiencing bargaining and acceptance simultaneously. Bargaining for me is cross training to stay sane and avoid depression … accepting the situation and trying to make the most of it.
Denial got me into this situation. I had some anger, though it was mostly sadness when I decided to sit out the PPA. I won’t lie – I still get jealous when I see people running in the sunshine as I drive to the gym. But I am determined to stay out of depression… even if it’s a bit of a struggle sometimes.
I am cross training quite a bit. Group fitness helps keep some of the camaraderie of group runs. I have great running friends that have kept me company on non-running adventures. We have ventured out on a mountain bikes, hiked trails – I know how hard it must have been for them to hike with me instead of running. I started Reformer Pilates, which has led to some pretty (good) sore post workout days.
I have diligently not run for over one month and I have seen progress. I am coping and I am healing. And I am hoping for an all clear in a couple of weeks but I know it will still be a slow return to running… but I am ready to start that journey as soon as I can. In the meantime, I have come up with some strategies/workouts that help pass the time when knocking out calories on a machine in the gym.
My latest workout today that I tacked on after my normal elliptical time: rowing machine. I don’t think I have gotten this contraption since the early 1990′s but here’s a 300+ calorie, 30 minute, 5000 M workout that helped break up the monotony for me today:
I was already warmed up from a group class and elliptical/stair time so I dove right in:
5 minute moderate pace (and trying to figure out proper form/technique)
5 minutes rowing hard – watching the meters tick away
1 -2 minutes recovery
Like I said, after about 30 minutes, I had finished 5000 meters and burned over 300 extra calories. Plus I got an upper body workout that the elliptical doesn’t provide. I may have to add the row machine to my cross training program