Recent Injury? How to get back on your feet and return running

Recent Injury? How to get back on your feet and return running

by Jason Fitzgerald Running injuries can be unfortunately abundant, but it’s hard to keep a runner down for very long. Unsurprisingly, one of the most common questions I hear is: “How do I return to running after an injury?“ Photos and images by Whologwhy, Vestman, Ed Yourdon, Regissercom and Diamond_Images This post originally appeared on Strength Running But it’s also an exceptionally complex question and there are always followups: What type of injury do you have? Is it chronic or your first time? Did you run through pain (and make it worse)? How much time did you take off from running? So my answers aren’t usually the most helpful because I don’t know your training background or your level of running experience . Runners that I work with personally will get more specific advice because I know more of their variables and can offer specific solutions. Recently I wrote about my Achilles tendon injury and how I was back to my pre-injury training volume within a week of being healthy, roughly. Many were curious how I was able to return to running so soon after my Achilles injury. This post is a case study on how I modified my post-injury training, what worked for me, and how you can apply the same lessons to your running. Before we get into the exact steps I took, let’s be clear that this is a more aggressive approach for two important reasons: My training age is 15+ years (which means I can be more aggressive because of my experience level — I really know my body). I’m training to run a very competitive marathon in about ten weeks, so it’s now or never. I’m willing take risks, though I wouldn’t...
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