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The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive-ThinkingToday will be my first day “back in the saddle.” Or, rather, back on the Pre-Cor. Although I’m itching to run, I’m restraining myself for the sake of healing. Tonight I’m going to lace up my sneaks, drive to the gym through the buckets of rain that have descended on Central Jersey, and do cardio for the first time in over a month. Yikes! I’ll start with some strength training to warm my muscles up, followed by some light stretching, then on to the Pre-Cor.

I’ve been good about applying heat to my injury a couple times a day for 15-20 minutes each time. My plan is to do cardio for only 10-15 minutes at a snail’s pace. I’ll stretch again after my cardio, paying special attention to my hip/groin, then ice when I get home. The hardest part will be not pushing myself. It’s really hard for me not to feel like a failure if I’m not sweaty and (happily) spent after any cardio. I need to keep in mind that my goal is to run consistently again and whenever I want to. This won’t happen if I push myself too early and set myself back thus prolonging my recovery time even more than I have already.

I did notice that before I was ordered to rest for a few weeks by my doctor, any strength training I did, especially for my legs, seemed to help ease the strain on my injury. I’ll focus again on building up a strong core, glutes, and legs in hopes that my propensity for injury will lessen.

This all said, I believe that a key factor in my recovery is my mental state. For months now I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to recovery and get back to running. Frustrated at the lack of results, I’ve noticed that I get down on myself for not being successful. Rather than focus on what I can do, I’ve focused on what I can’t. Instead of celebrating small victories, I get disappointed at what I see as failures. I know that positive thinking is a HUGE part of healing and succeeding. I need to work on looking at what is good and using more positive, affirming thoughts. If I don’t believe I can get better, then I won’t. Runner’s World recently had a great article on how to change the way you think in order to become a stronger runner. As any runner knows, it’s one thing to be in shape physically and a whole other thing to be in shape mentally.

My goal is to not only run again, but facilitate my recovery through positive thinking. Happy running! 🙂

The Next Step

doctorQuick update on my injury. Visited a sports medicine doctor yesterday. He was one of those old-school, no BS doctors, which I really appreciate. After asking me a series of questions about when and how the injury happened and what causes it to hurt more, everything, or less, nothing. Then he had me do a series of leg lifts, pushes, pulls and presses so he could try to pinpoint what the injury might be. After those he took X-rays to rule out any injury to my bone. Fortunately, the slides came back clean with no evidence of any bone damage. So he sat me down to discuss a plan of action. It pretty much boiled down to this – REST. Then rest some more. And after that I should REST. I’m not sure which hurts more, my injury or the command to rest. What he said made sense, but was hard to hear for someone who loves being active and, even more, loves to run. But I’m going to take his advice and the advice of other runners in both resting and also thinking positively about healing.

What’s next? I’m going to go in for an MRI then a follow-up with my doctor. Hopefully the MRI will be able to pinpoint what exactly is going on and I’ll be able to discuss a more specific plan of action, or a timetable, to help facilitate my healing and get me back to running faster.

Until then…happy running! 🙂