The Truth About Run Injuries and How to Make A Safe Comeback (Part 2)

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From Injury to Amazing Running: 4 more Essential Tips

As runners, we’ve all been there – sidelined by an injury and itching to get back on the road. But fear not, my fellow pavement pounders! There are ways to come back stronger than ever. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, here are some tips to help you recover from injury and get back to your best running form.

Follow Medical Advice

Okay, okay, we know this sounds like a no-brainer. But it’s important to listen to your doctor’s advice and recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure you’re taking care of yourself properly. Trust us, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Learn the Basics

Coming back from injury is a good time to focus on the basics of running. It’s the beauty of starting from scratch, but this time you have a bit of a head start. You get to work on your form, your breathing, and your pacing. This is also a great opportunity to improve your running technique and build a strong foundation for future training.

Have Something New to Track

Tracking your progress can be a great motivator, especially when coming back from an injury. Set new goals for yourself and track your progress toward them. Whether it’s running a certain distance or hitting a specific pace, having something to work toward can help keep you motivated and focused.

The photo of a donkey/carrot on the stick dangling in front of them finally makes sense!

Mental Toughness

Imagine running through quicksand or running with a piano on your back – not easy and also not fun.

Coming back from an injury can be just like that and more. A true mental challenge, but it’s important to stay positive and focused. Don’t get discouraged if progress is slow at first. With patience and persistence, you’ll get back to where you were before your injury and beyond.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to injury recovery. Each injury is unique, and recovery time can vary depending on a number of factors. That said, there are some general principles that can help guide you in the right direction.

Take Your Time

First and foremost, it’s important to take your time when coming back from an injury. Rushing back into training too quickly can lead to re-injury or other complications. Be patient and focus on building a solid foundation of strength and endurance.


When you’re injured, it’s important to find alternative ways to stay active. Cross-training can be a great way to maintain your fitness and build strength without putting too much stress on your injured area. Swimming, biking, and yoga are all great options for cross-training.

Listen to Your Body

As you work your way back to full running form, it’s important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, take a break and reassess. Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast. Gradual progress is key.

Don’t Forget To Have Fun

Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun! Running is supposed to be enjoyable, so don’t let an injury get you down. Focus on the progress you’re making, celebrate your successes, and enjoy the journey. It’s like going on a road trip – sure, there might be some bumps in the road, but you’re on an adventure and that’s what matters.

Remember, injuries happen to the best of us. But with the right mindset and approach, you can come back stronger than ever. So take care of yourself, be patient, and keep on running (or cross-training, or Jenga-playing, or road-tripping – you get the idea)!

What You Will Learn & Highlights

  • You develop new mental toughness
  • You have something new to track
  • You get to learn the basics (this is a good thing)
  • and more!

Notable Quotables

  • “Get good medical advice. Some doctors don’t like sports and may say “you got injured running, don’t do it anymore” – That isn’t good for everyone.”
  • “When I got injured I got to go back to the basics which forces me to slow down and do other things that I enjoy.”
  • “Once you’re injured – Don’t lose that aerobic base. If you can, just keep moving without pain.”
  • “I think my longevity in this sport is because I’m not mentally tough. It makes me not overdo it.”



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