Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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The Comeback

We runners all know that feeling when hear the words, "Looks like you're going to need to take a break from running," from the doc. Your stomach sinks, your heart pounds, and your mind goes crazy trying to imagine (insert number of weeks here) without being able to run. For me, that's like a death sentence. Just thinking about a day without running scares me. Call me obsessed, whatever, but if you've ever met me, you get it. I'm crazy, head-over-heels in love with running. That's about it. Anyways, back to the 'words of doom' from the doc. Don't get me wrong, doctors are great-they know what they're doing. But at those moments I always envision that bearer of bad news being choke-slammed and shipped to Siberia....without mittens. (Sorry Dr. Hill!) I think y'all get the picture. When running becomes a daily part of your life it's hard to break the routine you've gotten so accustomed to, especially when an injury keeps you out for over a month. (Believe me, I know)It's incredibly depressing. My main point? Our ultimate goal (as runners with 'technical difficulties') is to pull on those asiscs and head out for a nice long run. But before we go all out and hurt ourselves once more on a 16-miler (or however long you prefer), there are a few things you need to know (and do) to ease back into your normal routine.

I like to call this the Comeback. It sounds cheesy, doesn't it? But that's pretty much what it is; coming back. :) Here are some tips y'all should take heed of when it comes to making that Comeback:

Have faith in your body. Your body knows how to heal itself! We runners tend to get a little too irrational sometimes-we think that once we're injured, it's all over. Career = ended. This is not so. Stay optimistic! That makes the healing process go by a whole heck of a lot quicker!

Ease back into training. Remember: you're never more likely to get injured than when returning to running after an injury. (coach's words) Kinda harsh, huh? But tissue damage can still linger long after the pain vanishes. After that, it opens a door for new injuries to develop. Don't pick up in your training right where you left off, that's a recipe for disaster. Start with small increments of mileage, building your way up over a period of time to where you were prior to the injury.

Cross-train, cross-train, cross-train!! Way too many runners think that running is the only workout they'll ever have to do. Wrong. Sooooooo wrong. It's SO important to work on other muscle groups while working your range of motion. Strength training, biking, swimming, ellipticalling (is that even a word?), yoga, kick boxing, etc. will without a doubt improve your running. With injuries, x training will give you that edge to speed up recovery. So if running isn't an option for a while, give swimming a try, or maybe use that weight rack you always pass on your way to the treadmills. As a runner, overall fitness is crucial (especially to being able to run shirtless (gents) or with just a sports bra (ladies), right?). ;)

Watch the weight. When you're not as active as usual, weight gain becomes a problem for most. Food's a comfort, and when you're feeling depressed about your injury (or anything, really) you tend to turn to food. Blame science, they're the ones that figured it out. Although it really is just common sense. Duh, food's a comfort. Make sure you're not gobbling a bunch of sugar and carbs-keep in mind you're not able to do as much as before, therefore those glycogen stores aren't being used to their full extent. You've heard it from me before, but try to eat healthy. I've got some crazy delicious yet surprisingly good-for-you recipes up my sleeves.

Injuries suck, but these simple 'tricks of the trade' make them easier to deal with. 

Happy Trails!

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