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Coping With a Stress Fracture

This week, I received some bad news: I have a stress fracture in my tibia. So much for keeping up with my running plan. Also, not paying the utmost attention to Prehab, Movement Prep, and, most importantly, regeneration while adapting to long distance running has backfired big time.

I had to come up with some solutions to make the best out of this situation. While I won’t be able to run a certain mileage or do interval work or tempo runs, I can still work on my endurance in other ways. Here's how I plan to adapt my program:

  1. I'll substitute and change Movement Prep exercises. For instance, I'll do exercises like the lateral lunge or inverted hamstring in place and focus on activating my glutes using glute bridge progressions.
  2. I'll adapt the strength portion of my training routine, doing lower body movements that don't aggrevate the injury and I'll decrease the intensity of my training.
  3. I'll do ESD on the bike or elliptical if it doesn't hurt. I may also try jogging in the pool when possible.
  4. I'll increase my regeneration work.

At the end of the day, it's not about what life throws at you, but what you make out of it. I just hope that I will be back on my feet before too long.

Tags: Injury, College, Elliptical, Running, Goals

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