For the weeks leading up until RTB:MA, we’ll have teammates from our blogger team, Team “OffBalance”, posting weekly about how they’re fitting in their training — whether it be with their other workouts or just a busy schedule.
Today’s second post comes Jess who writes the blog Fit Chick in the City…
Almost every runner is faced with injuries at some point in their running career. It can be tough to admit defeat and take time off from running, but it can also be the time period in which you learn the most.For me I’ve always kinda cheated the running rules.
You know the ones I’m talking about. At some point cheating caught up with me and I was handed a bag full of various different injuries.For me, they weren’t all running related injuries, they were career based (I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and running coach). Everything I had been doing wrong for years, finally caught up with me and I was handed a bag full of injuries. What I’ve learned along the way is that coming back from injuries can be like having a fresh start to do everything right.
Here are some ways to safely come back from an injury:
- Don’t be a hero. Ease back into your running schedule the same way you did when you first started running.
- Follow the 10% rule. Only increase mileage 10% each week.
- Get enough rest. Recovery days are essential.
- Be patient. It make take longer to reach your previous race paces than you’d like, but taking your time and easing back into your workouts is worth it.
- Do everything your physical therapist, doctor, chiropractor, etc. tells you to do. Then continue building upon those exercises throughout your training season.
- Stay focused. Remember your goals and do the long term workouts that will get you there. Don’t let other workouts or people distract you from where you need to be right now.
Reach The Beach Massachusetts (RTB:MA) 2012 is on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19. Teams of 6 or 12 athletes run 200 miles across the state to arrive at the beautiful Cannon Beach for food, beer, medals and a lifetime of memories. Registration is still open and it’s definitely not too late to get a team together and join us. ALL running abilities are welcome and catered for. Details here – http://ma.rtbrelay.com/