Last week marked my return to running after eight weeks off due to a tibial stress fracture.
I am easing back in with slow run/walk sessions every other day. I'm also doing regular strength training to help keep my entire body strong and balanced.
Here are my workouts from last week:
- Monday - 60 minutes pool running; 30 minute run/walk (10 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk); lower body strength
- Tuesday - 60 minutes pool running; upper body and core workouts
- Wednesday - 60 minutes pool running; 30 minute run/walk (5 min walk, 5 min run x 3)
- Thursday - 60 minutes pool running; upper body and core workouts
- Friday - 45 minutes pool running, 15 minutes swimming laps; 30 minute run/walk (3 min walk, 7 min run x 3)
- Saturday - 60 minutes on the bike
It is getting harder to pool run now that I can do the real thing. But it definitely helped me return to running without too much fitness loss. I feel like I have maintained my cardiovascular fitness, but my body is readjusting to the impact of running after eight weeks of complete non-impact exercise.
Even though it's hard sometimes, I'm being really disciplined because I don't want to reinjure myself.
Even when Princess Grace wanted to go for a run, completely her own idea, I made myself ride my scooter since I had already run.
Have you ever had a stress fracture or injury that kept you from running?
What is your favorite way to cross train?