Today on the Doc On The Run podcast we’re talking about how time is the enemy when you have a running injury.
Now we’ve all heard the saying that time heals all wounds, and while that may be true, time also kills your running fitness when you’re not training. Now you have to remember that the enemy of your running fitness is not the fracture walking boot, the enemy of your running fitness is not the crutches, the enemy of your running fitness is not your doctor, the enemy of your running fitness is time.
The reason I wanted to get this message to you is that I was talking to a runner who has been wearing a fracture walking boot, she’s not getting better quickly, it’s taking forever, she still feels discomfort when she’s walking, and it really brought up this idea, when we were talking about it, that I said, “Look, the boot’s not the enemy.”
I have done lots of podcasts and lots of different videos on how fracture walking boots really destroy your fitness, make you weaker, make you stiffer, destroy your neuromuscular connections, cause an increased osteopenia, or weakness in the bone, and all of those things can contribute to you getting another running injury, or being someone who runs a lot slower after you finally get out of the fracture walking boot.
So if you’re in a fracture walking boot, or if you’re in crutches, or if your doctor has told you that you have to stop running, you have to remember the real enemy is time.
It’s important, in fact it’s critical, that you figure out everything you can do right now to maintain your running fitness, everything you can do to maintain your flexibility, and everything that you can do to actually try to compress that healing time and allow that injured part to heal faster so that you spend less time not exercising.
That is really the key if you want to get back to running as quickly as possible.