Back in July I wrote a post about injuries and how we need to learn from them and understand what part of our training/lifestyle caused them. Those of you who know Ros (our very own trainer!) will know how devastated she was to have picked up a stress fracture in this year’s London Marathon. Not only did it mean not finishing in her target time (or qualifying for Boston again) but she was on crutches for days, in pain and pretty damn low.
That did not last for long though. Since those dark days in April, Ros has given the rest of us a masterclass in how to manage an injury! She rested until it was no longer painful to walk. Once she could walk pain free, she returned to work and built up exercise VERY gradually. I can tell you that she and I did a lot of boxing around that time – brilliant cardio exercise, no pressure on her leg and the BEST way to channel her frustration!
In June/July time, I persuaded Ros to try some indoor rowing (on a Concept2 rowing machine). Now if you’ve ever sat on one, you’ll know it’s a beast and unforgiving at the best of times. Ros being Ros, asked for targets, trained towards them and achieved them. It worked superbly well as we were both working towards rowing-focussed goals.
Ros has a place in the London Marathon 2016. She hasn’t run for 6 months, but even without ANY running, she’s kept her cardio fitness up and has JUST started running – and I’m talking 5 minutes on the dreadmill. She’ll build it up slowly and when she’s confident that all is well she’ll taker her running outside and build up there.
Would she have chosen to have 6 months off running? No. Would she have liked to have got back sooner than 6 months? Oh yes. Would it have been wise? No! But through choosing a low-impact sport, Ros has managed to keep her cardio fitness up, maintained her sanity and put herself in a fantastic position to do well in her 2016 running career.
Ros and I are both doing the London Marathon in 2016 and are going to be experimenting with a completely different approach to our training. Partly to avoid injury (for Ros) and partly to avoid the tedium of pounding the pavements (for me!). Watch this space!
Oh and if you’re injured – do take a leaf out of Ros’ book. There are waaaaay too many runners out there who don’t rest long enough, come back too soon and get reinjured within days or weeks of coming back. It’s not rocket science – your body needs to heal but you CAN keep fit and sane by choosing a different sport for your rehab. It’s true – patience is a virtue!