Monday, November 8, 2010

Dealing with the hurt paw

Eventually its going to happen. You are going to get hurt. The key is to manage your mind during this time. So far I have ruptured a disc in my back, dealt with a serious infection in my legs, and have arthritic knees, but being the bad ass Mammoth that I am I will not let that slow me down. But being a determined Mammoth doesn't mean that I can't be a smart one.

The first thing you need to do is manage your pain and injury. All Mammoths should be RICEing. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate your legs.

Rest: We don't have to go after it six days a week. Most of the workouts I see have you running between 3 or 4 days a week so just keep it slow and steady.

Ice: Ice is my new best friend, especially on my knees. Without ice I would not be able to continue. I use it for twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off and I do it for an hour. You need to find your own tolerance for this because this can be very challenging.

Compress: For us Mammoths this is a hard one. The problem is that compression socks just don't come in our size. I have used an ace bandage in conjunction with my ice to help out with this.

Elevate: I elevate my legs every night when I sleep. I use a medical wedge I got for 20 bucks at a local drug store. It keeps my legs up over my heart and that is the most important thing to remember, your legs must be elevated over your heart.

Alright Mammoths this is the first installment. I will talk about painkillers on the next post.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them and I will answer them as best I can :)

Happy Running

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