Yes, you can still run with an injury, but you need to shift your mindset. Here are a few things that could help you if you’re ever hurt and have a race on the horizon.
See a professional.
Let’s just get this out of the way: There are some injuries you definitely should not run on (stress fractures!). And you should see an expert to figure out if your pain puts you into the “do not run” category.
If it does, then DO NOT RUN.
Be willing to take the “did not finish.”
Got the green light, too? Great. But you need to adjust your race goals. Don’t be a hero. Don’t be ashamed to say I did not finish. It doesn’t matter.
No one else cares if you run.
Does anyone else care if you run? The answer, of course, is that they don’t care. So do not be bothered about letting people down, no one in your life besides you care about you finishing. No one cares. Do what’s best for you.