If you're 42 or prone to injury, have the following items on hand.
- Ice Packs. The original list left off the most important item in any injured runners freezer: ice packs. Thanks to my buddy over at And So it Burns for reminding me. Not only should you have ice packs at home, you should have ice bottles. You should have some at work. You should have a portable freezer in your car. You may need to move to Alaska and put ice packs on every dog sled stop in the state.
- Ibuprofen. Technically Ibuprofen isn't a cure for the injury. It's a cure for pain. And what a cure it is. Every runner should have a gigantic bucket of ibuprofen at home, at work, and any other place he or she frequents. Not only does it relieve the pain, it's an anti-inflammatory. I'm not sure what that means, but every blog I read says anti-inflammatories are good for you.
- Foam Roller. Why are you being so stubborn? Just get the foam roller. It's like getting a free massage. No, I'm not talking about a famous Las Vegas cross-gender massage, although the shape of the foam roller may give you a similar pleasure, if used for that purpose.
- Foot Massager Roller Thing. One minute at night and one minute in the morning will have your feet feeling like the feet of someone who doesn't run a thousand miles a year
- Cough Syrup. Running makes some people cough. Cough syrup doesn't help, but if you get the right kind, it won't matter.
By the way, I'm not a doctor. Your doctor's not a runner. Join the two together and you have miracle cures or a complete idiot. Not sure which.