For the past 10 weeks I have been ‘suffering’ from plantar fasciitis in my right foot, and like previous injuries I have caught a case of the injury blues. This illness usually trumps the severity of your injury and has been known to attack runners of all abilities at the onset of injury. As you cancel race plans, turn down long-run requests, and deplete your stores of endorphins, this illness creeps right in settles in your sole. Without a positive attitude it can stick around longer than necessary and actually impede the healing process. As an experienced runner, this is not my first injury but this is the first time I have been mindful of my behavior and have developed a list of things NOT TO DO when you are injured. And, YES! I have violated all of these in the past!
Let’s share these with fellow runners and vaccinate our running community against the injury blues!
Top 6 Things NOT TO DO When You Are Injured
1. DO NOT mope around. You will annoy your loved ones and your grumpy attitude may impede the healing process.
2. DO NOT stare runners up and down on the street, hating on them like they have wronged you.
3. DO NOT obsess over what someone wrote about your injury on a running forum. Amputation is an unlikely option.
4. DO NOT stop searching for a cure. You will need to be proactive in this process; go find the best specialist in your area.
5. DO NOT obsess over a few pounds you may have gained as a result of not burning your normal thousand calories a day. Don’t talk about this either.
6. DO NOT stop enjoying life. Injuries can sometimes free up time for you to explore other things in life that bring you joy.(More on this next week)
One more thing, let’s make a pact as a running community to reserve the word “suffering” for catastrophic events like death, wars, and social injustice. I just don’t think a running injury qualifies as suffering.
Suggested Reading: The Runner’s Grieving Process
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.