Injuries are a constant risk for people who are trying to improve their running.
No matter how careful we are, niggles, twinges, or injuries can happen. Luckily if you're mindful and smart about them, you can minimize their impact on your training.
Let's break down a few scenarios.
The first is what happens when you develop a full-blown injury:
Now let's go through what I did when I strained my foot in the exact same scenario:
In one scenario the runner who was not willing to rest was forced to take two full weeks fully off and will likely require at least two more to return to normal training. In the second real life
Resting for a few days will almost always be adequate to let a potential injury regenerate.
That is one of the hardest things for many runners to deal with, being willing to rest.
Below are a few other links:
Should you stretch that injury?| Dr. Stephen Gangemi "Sock Doc" | "The two best things you can do to an injured area is to apply deep pressure manipulation as well as move the area, if it’s safe to do so."
What to do When you Pull a Muscle From Working Out | Stephanie Lee at Lifehacker | "think about it for a second: if a pulled muscle is a result of overstretching, then stretching it further to its full range of motion won’t help."
Think Twice Before Applying Ice | Kristi Anderson, MPT | "The conventional use of ice, particularly in the first 24-48 hours following injury, soothes the pain and slows the bleeding into the injured area, but some experts suggest that its effects on the circulation might slow the natural rate of the healing process. Heat stimulates the area to respond in ways that seem to promote healing but the current research is lacking direct evidence that it influences recovery time."
Heal Running Injuries Faster with Heat | Steve Gonser, PT, DPT | "Clinically, I use this quite often. It’s a great way to nudge yourself down the path to full recovery. Both the use of muscles and heat can cause increased blood flow; however, the latter can do so without loading healing tissue. A simple “on for 20, off for 20” cycle can draw blood to a localized area and keep you healing even when you’re lying low.