It happens to nearly all of us… or at least it should. At some point your running will hit a low, whether it’s because you’re in a post-race recovery, injured, or simply life took priority. I see the struggle on the other end as runners take back to the road to gear up for a race or simply get back in the swing of things.
Unfortunately, they usually get hurt (I’ve been there, too!)
Our body adapts to the stresses we place on it. Without frequent, consistent loading your body loses it’s resilience to a chosen activity (in this instance your body colliding with the ground).
As any runner works back on to the road or into a training plan it’s not uncommon to take a few “licks” along the way. The road can be bumpy for sure. Sore joints and muscles are pretty common when you’re working back into the mix. This typically described as the “soreness because I haven’t been running much.”
In the clinic we often tout the idea of “getting in shape to run,” rather than using running to get in shape. Building your fitness and strength outside running, all awhile slowly ramping your miles, is critical to avoiding injury. I know. I know. It’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.
We all know the best way to improve our fitness (and quickly) is by running, but with that comes risk. To minimize your risk try working in the bike, elliptical, and strength workouts. Doing so will help you return to the road or your training with minimized risk. Take a look at this video where I describe more: