I learned so much from this injured period. I had to be a “good patient” and learn to listen to my body on a whole new level. Walking with crutches and in a CAM boot forces your body to make all sorts of adjustments that you truly don’t understand until you LIVE it. This time completely changed how I manage patients recovering from stress fractures AND how I guide all my patients back to running from injury. During my recovery, I got creative with my training and it was during this time, I was introduced to my rockstar mentor, the Major. Remember, I was pretty down in the dumps, unable to run, unmotivated, and feeling defeated. Major opened my eyes to functional exercise, kettlebell training, and helped me pull away from my PT school trained brain of protocols and waiting for the orthopedic to give the “all clear”. I got my butt in the gym, and quickly realized a few things…
The upper body ergometer is boring BUT a great cardio & warm-up tool if your lower body is out of order.
If you want to meet people, please go to the gym using crutches and wearing your CAM boot. People will go out of their way to talk to you, encourage you, and interrupt your workout.
My hips and core needed some serious work--I was spending a lot of time on the mat in the early stages. Some of my favorites were plank variations, quadruped and dead bug drills, and using med balls.
I discovered my love for kettlebell and HIIT training!
After 4 mos, I completed the slow transition to wearing shoes full time and began the much anticipated return to run phase of my recovery. Since so many people have asked me what I did to get back on the pavement, Stephanie & I combined our resources and created a 3-Phase Return to Run program that I’m super excited to tell you more about. Our R2R program is designed for runners logging 1-20 miles/week and includes strength and plyometric progressions. If you or someone you know is struggling to increase mileage, looking to improve speed, and experiencing setbacks in training, the R2R program could be the perfect solution.
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