Tomorrow I’ll be heading off to a race called Getting Tough The Race with my team from Munich Elite Warriors. It is a really tough Obstacle Course Race in Germany, and I was looking forward to it since I signed up last December. But I can’t race due to injury. I found out two weeks ago that I broke a rib before NYC Marathon and World’s Toughest Mudder, and I am still suffering from a shoulder overuse injury. While I could probably still run the race because my legs are fine, it would not be a smart move as I risk aggravating my injuries.
Missing a race due to injury is sad, but not the end of the world. Here are 3 reasons how you can still make the best out of your race despite having an injury.
Help your friends
I decided to still travel to the race to help my friends. I will help them out by lending them my gear and cheering them on at the course. And of course when they finish I will wait for them at the finish linne, and help to keep them warm and dry afterwards.
If you can’t run you have to cheer!
When you already made travel plans but can’t race there might still be spots left to volunteer. You might be a bit envious about the people running, but you will experience the race in a completely new way if you volunteer. And depending on the race you might also earn a discount code for a future race.
Connect with people
My favorite thing about the races is the social aspect. Meeting like minded people, getting together with old friends and making new ones are something that you can still do when injured. So go to the expo and don’t miss out on the afterparty. Just don’t wear that finisher shirt.
Do you have any tips what to do when you are innjured and how to Speed up recovery? Let me know in the comments below.