I have been diagnosed with a 2nd metatarsal stress fracture and put into a removable cast. I was training for the manchester marathon last week. I have not run since the 1st April which is which is when my injury started but i have for the last 2 weeks been swimming mon -fri. I was running approx 40 miles a week over 5 days. I need advice over how to return to training when allowed to stop myself a) gomong back to it too quick and b) to prevent it happening again please.
Try Googling Dr. Pribut's advice on returning from a stress fracture. I used that as a guideline after a tibial stress fracture a few years ago. I found that I needed about twice as long off as initially thought (3 months), but was able to return to full running on hard surfaces a little faster than the 7 weeks he recommends. I think I was back to 15 miles a week after 4 weeks. The main principle is to start back on soft surfaces with run-walking, never on consecutive days, slowly increasing the run segments, and gradually increasing the number of days and back to hard surfaces.
After that injury, I used the Furman 3 day a week program for years as I was really paranoid of reinjury, and on 3 days a week I was rarely if ever injured. Now I'm back on 5 days a week, and despite achieving lots of PBs keep getting injured. Might be time to switch back!
Good luck. It's soo frustrating, but it will go away and you'll be fine.
Thank you so much for the advice, much appreciated ! Will def google your recommendations
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