Dealing with Time Off
One of the more humorous and accurate lines about runners is “Telling a runner not to run is like telling a dog not to bark.” I came across that line online while researching running related injuries. We runners know taking time off from running is like a prison sentence. My brother finally convinced me to take time off due to a calf injury. I don’t like it. I told this to a runner friend, who said to me, “So you will listen to someone.”
As much as we may not want to believe it, time off may just do us good. The overuse injuries may not crop up as much if we give ourselves the chance to heal fully. I doubt that most of us have a fully stocked training facility with a full-time training staff in our homes to take care of us when things go a rye (bread sandwich).
Though we don’t want to accept it, accepting time off and using it in a positive way is key to one’s mental health. Filling the time with excercise that won’t exacerbate the problem and will help rehab while maintaining or improving overall conditioning is important. Not one wants to have to start over after just a few weeks off from running. Biking and weightlifting can help fill the void. Swimming or pool running if available in our area works as well.
Stay active while being wise and that time off will fly by. Next thing you know you are back out there doing what you love. With a little luck, you may be better than ever.