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8/4/14 12:09 A

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Longest down time I had to endure was about two weeks after a shoulder operation. I was allowed to walk long distances just about right away. But running was put on hold until the sutures healed.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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7/21/14 7:51 A

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I'm sorry to hear about your ankle. I've had periods where I couldn't run for weeks at a time, but I could still walk. It stinks when you're trying to get back into after that amount of time. Kevin could maybe help you out with this. He's been dealing with an injury himself.

Good Luck!


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7/20/14 4:06 P

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Very sorry to hear about your injury. I dealt with an injury earlier in the year that thankfully impacted my upper body (broken arm from falling in ice while running), but still left me unable to run for several weeks. I know how frustrating and helpless you can feel after dealing with an injury, but just as the other person has commented, try to stay positive and focus on what you can control. It is easy to get depressed and let some of your food choices slip (I fell into this for about a week or two) but as long as you can continue to eat right and do some exercises that work your upper body, you will have an easier time getting back into it once you are healed. Also, be realistic about what your first day running will be like. I was looking forward to running so much that when the time came for that first run after I was cleared, I was on the verge of tears when I returned home and realized just how hard it would be to pick up where I left off. Allow yourself to find your pace and form again, and dont put too much pressure to get back into a plan. Good luck!

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7/20/14 11:15 A

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Dear Glad, I am sorry to hear of your broken ankle. What a huge disappointment and long term challenge you have been given. Hang in there. Make wise food choices, and smaller portions. Try not to pity yourself, or the eating may get out of control.

Start boxing in your chair to keep cardio and upper body strength (Jillian Michaels says to do boxing when the lower body cannot be worked out).

Good luck over the next two months. Be kind to yourself. Once you get to rehab, you can discuss your goals to get you back in running form.


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7/19/14 10:45 A

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I thought I would post to this forum because if anyone would understand what it's like to suddenly be unable to run, it would be the folks in this group.

I am just shy of 2 weeks into nursing a broken ankle after a slip and fall at home. I broke my right ankle, which means I can't drive, so I am stuck in the house. I am unemployed and the wheel chair I have doesn't have the wheels to get me through the grass & dirt driveway (I live on a dirt road and there is a sidewalk about 1/2 block away), so I am totally restricted to the house. I spend a couple of hours every day looking for work and working on some online courses for my project management certification, but other than that I watch TV and try to get some housework done, but it's hard in a wheelchair. Moving around a lot also causes my ankle and foot to swell to the point that it is squeezed by the cast. My boyfriend lives with me, but he leaves at 7:00 in the morning and usually doesn't get home until 9:00 or 10:00 at night. While I am fine by myself, my immobility and lack of much to do is making me stir crazy.

I am also really stressed out by having to wait the minimum of 8 weeks until the cast comes off and I can start rehab. The doctor said I may be able to get a walking cast after 4-6 weeks. I am really stressed out over how much of a backslide my running conditioning I will have taken by then. There is also the weight gain that I know I will have.

Has anyone been through a long period of down time? Any suggestions about what I can do in terms of how I can occupy myself, keep my focus on healing, and keep myself in some sort of reasonable shape?

Also, if you have broken a leg or ankle, how long after the cast removal did you get back into running?


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