It’s been 32 days since I went for a run longer than 1km and 56 days since I ran without foot pain. I’m not actually counting, I just looked it up from Strava.
I remember that the last time I was injured, back in March 2012, I really struggled with not being able to run. I had tripped while running and hurt my knee, it took a long while heal and I felt that by not running I had lost my identity and my one opportunity to keep my body and mind active (= happy).
This time I’m not missing running.
The difference between then and now is that I have gradually grown to love other activities and running is no longer the only exercise I do.
In September 2012 I started Crossfit, a few years later I finally learned to swim front crawl, and I started bouldering and rock-climbing with all the boys in my family.
My fitness plate is full and overflowing.
I am looking forward to being able to run again, I LOVE running. But for the time being I ride a scooter to Crossfit 3-4 times a week. I can do most things there, I just substitute running and jumping with other things. Crossfit is amazing like that, whatever your skill level or your abilities, there’s a variation for every movement and workout.
Once a week I go climbing and once in a while I go swimming.
My body and my brain are happy. In fact I’ve been feeling great without running-tired legs – I’ve PBd my front squat, clean & jerk and push press. I’m back to the same level of rock climbing that I was before I took a break from it to train for last September’s marathon.
I haven’t yet gotten an appointment with the physio I was referred to, so I don’t know just how long I can’t run but I’m weirdly totally calm about and willing to just let time do the healing.
How do you handle injuries? What’s your plan B exercise if you can’t do your plan A exercise?