For any experienced runner, returning to training and joining races after an injury is not as easy as putting on their running shoes and heading out to their favorite trail. Even if the injury is a minor one, many runners still question if they are indeed ready, and more importantly, confident, to run again.
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Running coaches emphasize the importance of patient progression. Making a strong comeback after an injury calls for a gradual approach that some runners may find frustrating especially after being sidelined for weeks. While the eagerness to return to running is commendable, the objective is to do so in a manner as healthy as possible. And that entails a slow, pain-free progress. One must first learn to walk before they run (again).
When crafting a re-entry strategy, several factors need to be considered:
- The site and severity of the injury
- How many weeks sidelined
- Fitness level before injury
- Years of experience as a runner
- Any cross-training during time off
Answers to these queries are essential because the worst thing that can happen post-injury is a re-injury. Setting parameters will help in staging a successful comeback. And while there are numerous approaches or rules on how to do so, the common denominator is to build a solid running foundation slowly but surely.
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Running is all about pacing. Whether you are just new to the sport or training again after a stress fracture, crossing the finish line successfully requires smart moves.