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When an injury comes in the middle of training program would it be best to repeat the training missed or just move on. I haven't missed a-lot. My training called for a 6 mile run on Sat but I had a pinched nerve in my neck and could not run. ? Any suggestions?
I'm not a doctor so please don't take this as medical advice. All I can offer is my perspective - hopefully others will post and help answer your question.
If you know what the injury is/was then you likely have sense of how future training will affect the injury and/or recovery. A pinched nerve while painful probably won't get worse by running as long as you take it ease and let your pain level guide you. If it hurts when you run - run slower . If you are concerned about the cardio training and can't run, can you hit the stationary bike without aggravating the pinched nerve?
I am recovering from three herniated discs (trauma induced) and lost 11 weeks of training. I got back on the road two weeks ago and it has been miserable. Hips, knees, back, you name it - all are being exercised in a new alignment and it hurts like ****. I'm nowhere near elite status so while frustrating, it isn't eating me up. You just come back according to what your body tells you. I know it sounds trite, but there's a reason we have pain as a feedback mechanism. As long as the pain doesn't get worse or new, I just push on through.
I am running the Dismal Swamp Stomp half marathon in Virginia in 4 weeks - last year I ran a 1:52 and change. This year - given where I am now post injury - my goal is to finish at around 2:30. 11 weeks ago I was using a cane and 4-6 vicodin a day to get around. So if I can get out and do a 2:30 I'll consider myself lucky and set my sights on lowering that time in the next race.
Hope this helps - good luck with your recovery and training.
Thought of one more thing - like actually answering your question.........
As far as where to pick back up your training - if you only miss a couple of days, that probably won't hurt you too much. Everything I've read said it's more important to stay on the plan - that is, if you miss a day, don't try to make it up, just get back on the plan.
It will be interesting to see opinions - but this is what I do.
I appreciate your input. You know when you are training and taking it slow so as not to get injured and then something like this comes along and what kills you is that I don't know how I did it. I will see how taking it slow goes and if I have to I will speed walk or something to keep going with the Cardio
Again Thank you,
Frank, you're my new hero! I like your advice .... i too am nursing an injury (it band) ... thanks for making injuries not seem like the end of the world, but a good thing just to be able to run! Go get'em in the swamp!
All the best to you too. Just do what you can ........I am still having problems and I haven't run in 12 days. I am running tomorrow and going low and slow. We willl see how it goes.
First of all, I want to send you my best wishes in your recovery. Pain is what it is. But it is also a very important signal. I have dealt with various injuries in my life: I played competitive tennis in my youth and later went on to swim in Masters competitions in college and am a Registered Yoga Teacher. I am also a PhD candidate in physiology at UCLA. I say all this not to drive up my ego but to tell you that I'm not a quack.
One more thing about me: last year I was in a serious bike / car accident and had some awful experiences with doctors and physical therapists. And then I finally decided to take things into my own hands and started searching for self-help methods of healing. I came upon Pete Egoscue and his Egoscue Method. And it totally changed my life. Please read my blog for more information:
Simply put, if you read about and follow Pete's program, not only will your neck get better, but you will be a better and stronger runner. Promise.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
My opinion is to try to get a lot of rest. It is also good to try to get a lot of stretching. It is also good to be able to have a lot of types of motivation.