Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about how your sensor is broken.
I just got off a telemedicine call with a woman who was an elite runner in college.
She has been having a difficult time getting back to an acceptable level of activity after recovering from her overtraining injury.
When you have been doing a certain run at a certain pace, as a part of your training for years, you always feel like you can do that workout. But when you get a running injury and take time off, unfortunately, your sense of reality is off in that moment. What you sense about your fitness is off.
In this episode, we’re talking about your sensor is broken. And what do I mean by that? Well, look, I talk to runners all day. I just got off a call with somebody who is an elite runner in college, and she was talking about the activities she’s doing. And she’s been having some symptoms that have been coming and going, and she’s been having a hard time getting back to a really acceptable level of activity because of her injury.
And part of the problem is that her sensor’s broken. And what do I mean by that? Well, when you’re used to doing five-minute miles for a tempo run, when you’re used to doing six-minute miles for your mile repeats all afternoon, when you’re used to doing a really fast pace for a really long time, and you get injured and then you take time off, unfortunately your sense of reality is off.
So if you do a lot of stuff to maintain your running fitness as soon as you get injured, you don’t have that much of a problem. But if you fall into the trap of slowly but surely losing your fitness while you’re dumbing down your runs, while you’re not really doing what you should be in training, and you have pain that crops up periodically, and you take a couple of more days off here and a couple of more days off there, and you run a little bit slower here and a little bit shorter there, and you cut all your workouts in a way that really does decimate your fitness slowly but surely over time, you then think that you’re that same fit runner just before you got injured. But you think the injury is what’s keeping you slow. And it’s not.
Your sensor’s off. You’re sensing that your exertion should be what it used to be, and it can’t be because your fitness is obliterated from that process of trying to heal this injury just by resting. And that doesn’t really work very well. So you’ve got to figure out where you are right now. So if you are in that place where you feel like you’re stuck, you feel like you’re not making progress, I’ve got a three-step training video series that I have available for you. It’s free. You can get it. It’s in the show notes. It’s in the link down below. And it’s really simple.
I’m just going to walk you through this process that shows you everything that I did that was wrong in medical school when I had a stress fracture. Everything I did right when I got an injury right before an Ironman race and still had my fastest Ironman race ever. And the five-step process I used to get through that and still have an Ironman PR. So I’m going to show you that same process so you can figure out how to get your real numbers right now, get your real baseline, reduce the stress on the injured tissue, and then thoughtfully and carefully ramp up your activity from that place.
So, go check it out, click on the link, sign up, and I’ll see you in the training.
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