Posted on May 19, 2014
Motivation through rehabilitation
The following post is sponsored by FitFluentialLLC on behalf of PUMA.
There are a lot of lessons that come with being a broken runner. Most are positive, but let’s be real, some are not. It comes down to how we choose to see it.
Some things I’ve learned so far:
- What rest really means. As someone who is full of energy this is the toughest part. But I have found peace just chilling on the couch watching The Deadliest Catch <-freaking love that show, playing Sudoku and snuggling with Bam. That never get’s old.
- Finding + focusing on things you CAN do. For me, I dusted off my road bike and hit up the trail. It feels amazing to be able to move my legs, get some of that extra energy out while enjoying some fresh salty air.
- Double fisting coffee is totally acceptable.
- Knowing this will pass, and each day you are doing everything you can to get back to doing what you love.
- Cheer on fellow runners. Volunteer at a race, cheer on the sidelines with a catchy sign, offer congrats + encourage through social media. I love opening my Instagram feed to scroll through your race pics over the weekend, knowing I’ll be back out there with you soon.
- Set new fitness goals. Knowing l will be out of the running game for 2-3 months, I picked up my road bike, now I’m looking for a ride to train for.
- Strength train. You can never go wrong with this. Just be sure to work around the injured area and always ask your doc first. They are way smarter than me. Who knew?
- I told Mike last week that I’ll rock whatever I’ve got. I have to wear this less than fashionable boot, so I’ll just pair it with a super cute outfit and wild socks. When we feel cute, we tend focus on the positive stuff, so just roll with it!
- When people ask what happened, come up with a cool story. I tell them T-Rex was chasing me, I was doing a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick, and broke my foot. It’s way cooler than “I broke it running” plus it’s a great conversation starter.
- Strengthen the little muscles that won’t let you run later. I have weak hips, so I do a little exercise on those punks that when my foot is better you can look at me and say……”she gone”.
Don’t let the mental battle consume you. Look for things you can do and then DO them!
Right before the injury, PUMA sent some pretty schweet workout gear. The outfit is something I love and would have actually picked out myself. Plus it’s functional.
The top is breathable, comes with a built in bra and even has hidden side hooks to tighten/loosen the fit around the rib cage. Genius. If I had to choose a favorite piece, I would go with the tights. They are comfortable, cute + versatile. I found the kicks very lightweight and comfortable as well. I wouldn’t recommend running in them, they are great for cross training or exploring on foot. Extra love for gear that runs true to size! A lot of times I find it runs on the larger side.
In case you would like to be PUMA twins with me:
Please add your tips for dealing with the injury punks in a positive way!
What do you look for in workout gear? What will make or break your decision?
It has to be cute and functional. Quality > quantity.