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#843 Overtraining injuries are caused by weakness

When you get an overtraining injury from running, it’s not because you did too much, because you were too strong or too motivated.

You got injured because you were too weak.

You were too weak to sustain the stress applied to that piece of tissue, that one injured piece of tissue that got injured when you did one workout.

That’s what really happened.

If you get injured, you have to understand how to correct that specific weakness.

Understanding this is crucial.

Overtraining injuries in runners are actually caused by weakness.

And that’s what we’re talking about today in the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#733 Doctors goal with fracture boot vs your goal with boot

If you want to run as soon as possible after an injury, you may need aggressive treatment like immobilization in a cast or a fracture walking boot.

When I lecture at medical conferences, I talk a lot about why I believe fracture walking boots are over-prescribed, overused and often used way too long in many injured runners for common overtraining injuries.

In talking to another runner the other day, I was thinking about the specific goals that are in conflict between you and your doctor.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about doctor’s goals when they give you a fracture walking boot versus your goals when you’re wearing a fracture walking boot and you’re a runner.

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#504 The 2 most important questions for recovering runners

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.

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#462 Think of injury recovery as an expanded rest day

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.

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#447 Running injuries can happen to everyone

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.

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#430 Will cycling help my running fitness while injured?

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.

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#422 Why does running make me nicer?

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.

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#390 Question #1 How bad is my injury

The number one question I get on social media is can I run with this injury?
So the problem with this is that whenever I get this question, whenever somebody says, “Can I run?” what’s really never disclosed to me in that runners question is how bad is it?
The thing that determines whether or not you can run is whether or not you can reduce the stress and strain on that injured piece of tissue enough that you’re not going to make it worse by running.
I get this same question for people with Achilles tendonitis, with plantar fasciitis, with metatarsal stress fractures, plantar plate strains, you name it.
The thing everybody wants to know is can I run right now or not.
Today on the Doc on the Run Podcast, we’re talking about question number one, how bad is my injury?

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#385 How self-confidence and self-love beat finish times every time with Jill Angie

One of my favorite podcasts is called The Not Your Average Runner Podcast.
I recently sat down with Jill Angie, who hosts that show.
Self-criticism heals no wounds!
When you have an injury, and you have been training hard, it is very easy to beat yourself up. Jill is the best person to explain how we can take an injury and reframe it so we don’t beat ourselves up when we are injured.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast we’re talking about how self-confidence and self-love beat finish times, every time with Jill Angie from The Not Your Average Runner Podcast.

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#376 Different types of tibial stress fractures in runners

Shin splints and tibial stress fractures can feel similar when you run.

Most runners understand there is a huge difference between shin splints and a tibial stress fractures.

I recently did a telemedicine second opinion call with runner who had a tibial stress fracture.

What she did not understand, and what her doctor had not explained is why some tibial stress fractures are very low risk of breaking, and another is very high risk of landing a runner in the operating room.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about different types of tibial stress fractures in runners.

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