Last year I was training for a half marathon, and I did what a lot of people do when they start training for something like that… I went too hard too fast and ended up getting injured. I hurt my ankle/arch from just running too far without doing enough strength training paired with my long runs – and let’s face it – I didn’t stretch or roll out nearly as much as I should have. —- SO SO IMPORTANT!!!
The hard thing about injuries (especially to the legs or feet – because we can’t fully rest them – we need them to literally move around all day) is it is so easy to feel defeated, and give up on training altogether. I fell into a sort of “fitness depression” with my ankle. It hurt to walk most of the day, and if I went to a cardio class that had me doing any kind of hopping (jumping jacks, high knees, ice skaters etc.) my ankle would be in serious pain the next day. The last thing I wanted to do was give up on my training. My favorite part of the day was walking into the gym and working up a sweat jumping around or going for a run, but that was no longer an option. I had no idea what to do.