Training Tips

Coming Back from Injury

By David Manthey

Unfortunately injuries can and do happen with running, whether training for a 5K or targeting a marathon. Some are small little tweaks that may only take a week to heal from while other injuries may require 6-8 weeks or longer. All injuries have one thing in common and that’s how to keep your fitness level up when you can’t run. If you’re still able to do weight-bearing workouts, then activities like elliptical trainers, stair climbers, and cycling are all good options, along with swimming and aqua-jogging for zero impact. Walking is actually one of the best cross-training options because while it’s also non-impact it is also close enough to the running motion to help stimulate muscles in the same way, so you tend to fall behind less in your training.