Going crazy?

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TheBrolympus
TheBrolympus Posts: 586 Member
So how do you keep yourself from going crazy when you can't run due to injury?

My poor left knee has finally decided to give out and I will be seeing an orthopedic guy this afternoon. I anticipate I am going to be told to stop running for some period of time. I feel like a junkie about to be told he is going to rehab. UGH!!!

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  • mellorunner
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    I'm in a similar situation right now, where an array of issues in my hips/pelvis mean I can't run. What I can do though is ride a bike, so I've been getting in a lot of cycling. It isn't as good, but it's pretty close.
  • ZenInTexas
    ZenInTexas Posts: 781 Member
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    I've gone through a couple injuries in the past year, thankfully none were too long term but it was tough! I definitely felt depressed about it. I guess try and do other forms of exercise, swim, bike, lift weights, whatever your body will allow you to do. Sorry about your knee, hopefully it's not too serious and you'll be back out there before you know it.
  • WebbyShoo
    WebbyShoo Posts: 115
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    I'm definitely for subbing out the running for something else that doesn't aggravate the issue, swimming, circuit training, heavy lifting, bodyweight balance work (replace one goal with another goal, like I did with learning how to do shoulder handstands against a wall). In the winter we get super cold temps and extreme snow storms (Northern Canada) and I had to stop running completely for almost 3 weeks because it was that cold. -.- Another time I had a sciatic flare and that was the longest month of my life.... I felt like I was going to lose my mind (especially because it was in my spring racing season and races I'd signed up for I was no longer able to do that month). I lowered the intensity of my workouts but found some circuit training that didn't bother it, in fact, I fixed some of my imbalances in those 6 weeks of recoup with the lower intensity work outs barre, pilates, yoga and bodyweight work, back and better than ever. Hopefully you won't require anything major for your healing. Best option is to replace one obsession with another, pick up photography, or maybe geocaching!
  • TheBrolympus
    TheBrolympus Posts: 586 Member
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    So, I have arthritis in my knee and I have aggravated it.

    Good news is that the weight bearing part of my knee is great so I can continue running.
    Bad new is that running is going to be painful for a little while it heals.

    So I just have to take it slow and don't over do it but I can keep running! WOOOHOOO!!!
  • ZenInTexas
    ZenInTexas Posts: 781 Member
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    That is great news! Very happy for you! :)
  • WebbyShoo
    WebbyShoo Posts: 115
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    Woot!!! Great news indeed.
  • DucksandOranges
    DucksandOranges Posts: 96 Member
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    swimming and biking :)

    Good luck and take it easy while you're recovering!