Runner’s Legs: Injuries and Rice

I hurt my left foot! I was going down the stairs, saw someone trying to get in while their hands were full, accidentally skipped a step, and landed on the top of my left foot. I made myself look completely stupid. I have a feeling I just overstretched my extensor tendons on the top of my foot. There was some bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking, but it’s much less extreme now than it was yesterday.

So, what do you do when you have an injury? Rice, of course!

  • REST: Stop doing any activities that require a lot of use of the injured area. For me that means no running.
  • ICE: Apply ice to the area for approximately 20 minutes at a time.
  • COMPRESSION: Use either an ace bandage or prewrap to put a little compression on the area to reduce swelling. You don’t want to cut off circulation though.
  • ELEVATION: Put the injured area above the level of your heart.

So today, instead of running, I did some YouTube video workouts to get my daily exercise. Tone It Up, Blogilates, and Tara Stiles Yoga are three of my favorites. They’re challenging and can be really low impact while still being extremely effective.

Today I did an inner thigh workout, a booty toning workout, an arm workout, and my recent favorite yoga flexibility video. Even with my injured food I was able to do a great cross training day. I might even add in my favorite ab workout tonight to get a total body workout.

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