Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about why some runners should never pay for advice.
They don’t listen.
Every day I talk to injured runners who ask me to help them recover faster so they can run sooner. Some runners call me for a one-time, one-hour consultation. Some runners call me and hire me to literally coach them day-by-day for a full month. I give them my cell number and they call me whenever they want. And others who don’t want to spend that kind of money, simply join a coaching group where they can get advice for an entire month and join group web-cam sessions every Monday Wednesday and Friday for 4 weeks in a row.
In those sessions recovering runners get to pick my brain to see what they might be able to do to recovery faster and get back on course sooner.
Most of the time I ask them question to see where they are, and what they have done since the last call. Here are some real questions I asked runners recently.
Did you write down how much pain you had in your Achilles after you ran yesterday? NO.
Did you write down how much it hurt when you pressed on the stress fracture the way I showed you? NO.
Did you do the 3 tests I showed you how to do to see if you’re ready to run? NO.
Did you have pain in your Achilles after you ran yesterday? NO.
Did you modify your running shoe to shift forces away from the fascia like I showed you? NO.
Did you do the stretches (today) that I showed you on Monday? NO.
Did you do you watch the Test Run video before you did your first test run? NO.
Did you start the Fracture Boot Escape Plan exercises on Friday? NO.
Did you do them on Saturday? NO.
How about Sunday?
At this point I bet you can guess what the answer was.
The real point is that successful runners listen, do, and improves as a result of those two steps.
The runners who get injured and take forever and a day to get back to running, and then never as fast as they used to, are those who ask lots of questions, but take no action.