If you rest long enough any overtraining injury will eventually calm down.
But if you rest too long, you will lose all of your running fitness.
The difference between elite athlete who get better fast, and average runners who take forever to recover are the daily activities they focus on while recovering.
Today, on the Doc on the Run podcast, we’re talking about the two most important questions for recovering runners.
I was just doing a second opinion consultation over webcam with a runner who had an overtraining injury.
She was really worried that she could to lose all of her fitness while waiting to heal.
It is just not okay for a runner to sit and wait for weeks, or months, to heal an injury.
If you don’t exercise at all, you will lose your base of aerobic fitness, the neuromuscular connections that keep you coordinated and help you maintain good running form.
You start to lose it all at a very fast rate compared to how long it takes to build that running fitness.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how healing running injuries is a race a against time.
I was just doing a second opinion consultation with a runner who was really stressed out.
She said, “I’m going to lose all my aerobic fitness. I’m going to get weaker. I’m going to get stiff or my running form is going to be terrible!”
There are some mental tricks you can use that will be very helpful anytime you get an over-training injury, whether it’s a stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, or any injury.
If a doctor tells you, you have to rest and sit still, that can be stressful. But all runners have the tools to navigate it, whether you have ever been injured or not.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how you should think of your over-training injury recovery, as an extended rest day.
There is NO over-training. There is ONLY under-recovering. You did not run too much. You made a mistake in the order of your workouts or the intensity of one workout or in the strategy you used to rebuild tissue.
That is EXACTLY the same mistake runners make when they get injured again after “healing” an injury.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re taking about running injuries can happen to everyone.
Today’s episode comes from a live Q&A. We hold these sessions for runners enrolled in the self-diagnosis courses, and those in group coaching sessions, who just want to make sure that they’re staying on track and getting back to running as quickly as possible.
We were talking about why injured runners should ask better questions.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about how to ask better questions at the doctor, for an over-training injury.View Details »
I was just on a telemedicine call with a recovering runner. He asked me about different forms of training that he could do to maintain his running fitness, while he fully healed the injury.
He asked a question I get all the time, “Is cycling really helpful or not?”
Well, the short answer is yes, it is very helpful for several reasons.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not cycling will help maintain your running fitness while you’re injured and recovering.View Details »
This is a great question from one of the people I was just working with on a telemedicine visit.
Does running really make me nicer?
She actually said, “It’s been really tough being injured, because it seems like when I can’t run, I’m not nearly as nice as I usually am.”
Well, if you’re anything like me, it probably does and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.
This morning I was interviewed as a guest expert on a television program for a health and fitness segment. We were talking about how running shoes are really your only piece of injury protection equipment as a runner.
The only thing between you and the ground is your running shoe. When you are training in them just a little bit too long, they start to get worn out.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about the best three ways to tell when to replace your running shoes.View Details »
If you hire a running coach, your coach is going to design a program that is going to actually test you physically and mentally, and push you to your physiologic limits on a regular basis to make you stronger.
Any running coach will give you a series of workouts to execute.
And when you do runs correctly then what happens is that you do the maximum amount of tissue damage that your body can sustain and rebuild before your next workout.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about why runners need to flirt with overtraining injury.
Many times doctors look at you cross-eyed when you tell them how much you run, how far you run and how much you want to run now. They tell you that you ran “too much” and got injured. The snap recommendation is to stop running.
Doctors want you to heal your running injury. Many times doctors recommend the “safest” path…stop running. Be patient. Wait for healing.
Slower treatment is not always better, and isn’t even always safer.
The goal for most injured runners is not to just heal the injury.
The goal for most recovering runners is to get back running.
The critical piece is to not lose sight of what “not running” does to your longevity as a runner. Time is of the essence.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about how the safest path to healing is the slowest.View Details »