I’M BACK! Seven days ago I stopped a track workout after feeling something pull in my left thigh. It was really painful and I was convinced my Boston training cycle would be derailed. So how did I run 30 minutes pain free today? I listened to my body and shifted my focus from training to recovery. Here’s what I did. Keep in mind, not all injuries are the same, so results may vary!
STOP RUNNING! The problem won’t go away by running more, so stop your workout or run immediately.
REST! Take 1-2 days off and let your body recover. Make sure you get plenty of rest to let your body heal.
TEST IT! If you’re not feeling any pain after you rest, head out for an easy run. If it was just a mild strain, you may find it got better by resting. As soon as you feel the pain return, stop running!
SEE A CHIROPRACTOR OR PHYSIOTHERAPIST! I’ve been treated by both physiotherapists and chiropractors in the past (depending on the treatment required) and I’ve bounced back from several injuries quicker than expected as a result. Speaking of which, I can’t thank @torunningchiro enough for the work she did on my adductor this past week to get me back on the road!
Again, everyone will recover differently from injuries, but if you listen to your body, get plenty of rest, and seek the help of a professional when it’s required, hopefully you’ll be back running quickly!