What do you do when you can't run?

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    Sep 30, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    I have a nagging injury, and despite what my p/t says I've surrendered to the fact that I'm going to have to cut out all activities that involve my core and hip adductors on anything more than a light moderate scale (my pain threshold) until it heals. This sucks because I was pre-registered for a half marathon, and now I don't think I'll be able to go.

    I'm freaking out because I know I'm going to lose fitness, strength, and speed though probably not as much as the doomsday scenario I create if I get too deep inside my head would predict.

    I guess I'll have to just be happy taking the dogs on their 3 mile walk, possibly adding another mile or 2, going to the gym and lifting light, and also some yin yoga for some psychological reprieve. ARGH!

    I've been very fortunate that I haven't been completely sidelined by an injury since high school. I guess my day was coming.
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    Sep 30, 2008 5:52 AM GMT
    I can empathise with you, how far ahead is the half marathon?

    Last year, I fell and slid down my very steep wooden staircase. It completely knotted up my glutes and injured my IT band. I was walking through pain with a marathon sceduled a month away.

    I stuck with swimming and a very slow long run once weekly,( yes it was difficult). I had standing appointments twice weekly with a chiroprcator, acupuncturist and massage therapist.

    The massage was very beneficial and was getting relief that lasted for a day, then gradually extended that relief with more treatment.

    I was leary running that marathon and hoped to just finish it. Turns out it was a personal best!

    You didn't mention the type of injury, but discuss it with your medical professionals. Mine did advise against running but also knew I would do it anyway so we just worked through things.

    Good Luck!

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    Sep 30, 2008 8:15 AM GMT
    what's your injury?
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    Sep 30, 2008 12:12 PM GMT
    No matter the injury, you can still DANCE!!!icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 30, 2008 12:47 PM GMT
    I understand your frustration! My longest injury time was a four month hiatis from running due to sciatic nerve inflammation. Ironically, I injured myself at the gym doing squats with too much weight on the bar. To keep at least a minimum of fitness for running, I rode my bike every day anywhere from 15 to 30 miles. I was able to simulate some of my running through intervals and hill climbs. I also walked 3 miles every other day and finally after 12 weeks I could do some very light jogging on the high school track. I continued to do upper body routines in the gym. All in all it turned out well. I gained a new appreciation of cycling and with patience I fought my way back. Despite the fear of "losing" my running fitness, I found that I emerged from the ordeal a stronger runner. I guess what I'm saying is that some alternative activity that can simulate running plus things like massage AND patience will see you through. Good Luck!
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    Sep 30, 2008 1:22 PM GMT
    Runninchit, We have all been there before. Injury can be so frustrating because there is underlying statement running through your head "heal body, heal" But I assure you that your body will heal. Go with your instincts though. If you feel that you are not meant to run in the marathon then don't. A hunch is usually right. Even though it will be disappointing it's better than making an injury worse and delay healing even more. You are young and you will be surprised how fast you will bounce back. When in bed tonight before you fall asleep say these words. "Every cell, nerve, tissue and muscle in my entire body are whole, pure and perfect". Take care.
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    Thanks guys.

    The injury started as a hip adductor strain and as a result of stubbornly running on it I seem to have strained my abdominals and developed some tendonitis around my hip bones as well. It's not as painful as it sounds, but if I engage the area down there I can definitely feel it!

    The half marathon's in November, and it's out of state so it just doesn't seem worth it. I haven't purchased plane tix or arranged accomodations yet so it doesn't seem worth it. Oh well, there will be other races.
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:36 AM GMT
    Well I don't know if it would work for you, or if you'd even have an interest in it for that matter... But I have an issue with running myself. When I was little I somehow hurt my knee and now I can't run for more than like 2 minutes without it starting to kill me. I can walk for hours, dance for hours, all that.. but running, forget it. I've grown to love dance dance revolution. It's a dancing game if you didn't know, it's on Ps1 Ps2, xbox, xbox360, wii, and I think ps3, idk... But anyways. It's an awesome cardio workout and in fact that's the only cardio I do. I play that for about an hour and i'm set. Not to mention it's fun. Especially if you like dancing and the type of music that it comes with (Diff versions of it have different songs) If you don't know what dance dance revolution (more commonly known as ddr) is, do a youtube search for it. You'll see a lot of pros showing off but if you never played it before you set it on easy and it's not that bad at all. I've been playing it for 4 years. I love it. Just wanted to throw that in there for you or anyone else that may have problems doing cardio.
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    I had to take off more than a year from running because of severe plantar fasciitis in both feet. I got on the bike a lot more and got in the pool. I could do cardio that was non-weight bearing.

    I'm not sure cycling would be a good idea given what you're describing in your hips. Maybe an elliptical machine? There's no impact to your joints and it might be easier on your hips. Otherwise, I'd recommend swimming.
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    Oct 01, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    A year? Now I don't feel as bad. Right now per the physical therapist I'm looking at 3 weeks no running with the probablility of a rebuilding period which will take months. I guess it's not the end of the world. I tend to be kind of anxious and wound up and I find exercise drains a lot of that energy so to go from active to sedentary, it's really going to be a challenge.