Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not you are motivated enough to recover.
The biggest difference I see when I work with athletes who are trying to recover from an over-training injury or just they pushed a little too hard, the biggest difference in speed of recovery is motivation, and that motivation leads to certain actions that actually lead to a rapid recovery. And this is not a passive process. This is one of the biggest myths in medicine, that you just have to wait to recover, it takes a certain timeline, it takes six weeks to heal a stress fracture, four weeks to heal a tendonitis issue. And that’s just malarkey. It’s just not true.
I just finished writing the Runners Rapid Recovery Journal. It’s new book I came out with and I just prepared it. I put it together, because when I’ve worked with all these different athletes who I’ve seen big discrepancies in how fast people heal, there are certain things that cause those discrepancies. Now, I see motivated runners do certain things. They behave like they are motivated. And all of this is really and truly just like training. So the Rapid Recovery Journal for runners is really a way to structure your thoughts and guide your actions so that you can look for all of the things that you need to do to heal as fast as possible.
So think about your training. What do you do when you’re really motivated to train for a specific race? What you do matters. You set goals, you look for your limiters, you try to identify the things that are holding you back, and then you take action on those things that you have identified that are holding you back and are limiting your capacity to develop stronger muscles, to develop stronger aerobic fitness, to develop certain neuromuscular patterns that allow you to have better coordination, better form, you do speed work. You do all of these things that you know can actually increase your ability to train effectively and get as strong as possible.
That also happens when you’re recovering from an over-training injury. You can look for and identify all of the things that you need to do that are holding you back. And I guarantee you, no matter who you are listening to this right now, if you’re trying to recover as quickly as possible, there are things that are holding you back. Maybe it’s your sleep patterns, maybe it’s your nutrition, maybe it’s things that you can do to actually stimulate tissue to heal in a faster way. But you have to identify all of those things that you’re not doing and start doing them if you want to actually increase the speed of recovery after hard workouts or after an over-training injury.
So that’s what the Runners Rapid Recovery Journal that I’ve just written will help you do, it really will help you look at all of these different things to try to identify what you’re doing wrong, and you don’t even have to have that, or you can think about it, right? Are you eating the way that you would eat when you’re training? Are you trying to protect your sleep? Are you trying to do all of the things that you know stimulate a strong running body? Or are you doing the opposite of that? Are you just sitting still waiting for the injury to heal? Are you just sitting still thinking that if you just give it a certain amount of time and you let all of your running fitness dwindle away while you do that, that you’re going to be better off?
Because if you’re thinking that, that’s really absurd. It just doesn’t make any sense at all that you have worked so hard to get all of your running fitness and then you’re just going to sit and passively wait for something to miraculously happen, and decimate your running fitness in the process. That doesn’t make any sense at all if you really want to get back to running.
So if you want an early release copy of the Runners Rapid Recovery Journal, we have it on digital download form, where I can send it to you as a PDF, and we’re going to actually send that to anybody who sends an email to me with a screenshot of their review on iTunes. So if you’re one of those people who’s been listening to the podcast, I’ve received a lot of really nice emails and stuff from people who are grateful for the stuff, the content that we put in these podcasts for you. But if you send that to me, if you take a screenshot of your review on iTunes and you email it to me, you can send it directly to me at email@example.com. If you send your review to me, then I will send you a PDF copy of the Runners Rapid Recovery Journal…for free!
And if you work through the exercises in that journal and you do what is laid out for you, it’ll give you a clear path and a way to look for all these specific limiters that are holding you back and preventing you from recovering as rapidly as possible. So send me your email of your screenshot, and I’ll get it out to you right away.
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