We’ve all been there: your training is going well, your fitness improving, goals are being attained, then bang. Along comes an injury and it all goes out of the window. It can be quite devastating, but its’ not the end of the world.

I haven’t Streamline Coachingrun for two weeks due to a calf injury sustained whilst out on a long run. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more sensible when dealing with injuries. Giving it some thought, below are some of the tools I’ve used to help cope, when injury gets in the way of training:

Mourn it – at first, allow yourself to feel sad, pissed off, angry, don’t try to be a tough; let it out. That being said, this should only be a quick, short, therapeutic stage. You don’t want to lose friends or family by moping!

Coulda, shoulda, woulda – it is what it is, don’t dwell on what could or should have been. Move on constructively. Learn from the mistakes which may have led to the injury in the first place, and change them so you don’t end up in the same situation again.

Amend your goals – injury may mean that you have to change exactly what you are aiming for and create new goals to make small steps towards recovery. Your “compete” goal for an event may have to be changed to a “complete” goal.

Be patient – recovery takes time and rest and that’s about it really. Don’t rush or try to force your recovery or get back into training too early. Listen to your body and to experts’ advice.

Stay positive – Easy for me to say, but if you have allowed yourself to mourn (above) then it will help to remain positive as you will have got rid of those initial negative feelings. An injury forces your body to rest and recover itself, which is a good thing.

Keep training – if you can. Do something different (as long as it doesn’t exacerbate the injury). Try kick sets in swimming, indoor turbo etc. Sometimes it’s quite refreshing to do something different.

Family time – spend more time with your loved ones. This is a good opportunity to catch up with friends and family and to make the investment with your biggest fans and support crew.

A period of injury can be tough mentally, but be patient, don’t dwell on it and see it as an opportunity to do some different things.

I’m off for a run now. 

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