Olympic Fever Rages and You're Nursing an Injury

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Editor's Note: Olympic season is upon us and everywhere we look, we see reminders of the joy of the challenge. Whether we're in competitive sports or in it for self-improvement, these reminders can be incredibly motivating. But what about those of us who have sustained injuries and can not currently work out as we did? In this post at Taking It On, Marge daydreams of ways to embrace Olympics fever despite physical therapy. -- AVF

Injured athletes need something to feed their competitive spirit and drive. My new love-by-necessity for the gym machines and rehabilitative activities spawned an idea: there should be a 'Games' for us. This is different from the Paralympics. We injured athletes will ostensibly recover from whatever is ailing us. We are not disabled. We're just a bunch of endorphin-deprived, stir-crazy, temporarily-down-on-our-luck, frustrated and hurting individuals who are largely unaccustomed and extremely resistant to training plan revisions, let alone finding ourselves without a race (or tangible goal besides "running pain-free") to look forward to.

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We push the limit foolishly, ignoring our bodies' signals because competition feeds us. And if it isn't the competition that feeds us, it is wanting that measuring stick -- that baseline, that benchmark -- to gauge our improvement. Or maybe it's just compulsion. When we hurt, the tendency is to hurry up the healing process so that we can get back out there. We try too much too soon over and over. It is such a tricky cycle.

But what if? What if there were an Alter-G 10K? Or an elliptical 6-hour Distance Challenge? Or a StairMaster 100? An Ellimpics -- Olympic Games for those who limp. We would have the opportunity to feel achievements without reinjuring or risking chronic injury.

Read the rest of the post at Taking It On here.

Read more from The Ellimpics at Taking It On


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