Thank you for your advice. I will look into the book you mentioned and I'll try talking to my coach too. I got new trainers and will buy spikes when they get the new ones in. My doc isn't a runner but my PT is and works with runners a lot. She released me to running and said "I trust you to not do anything stupid", which I know means not going all out just two weeks back to running after a stress fracture. I know my coach means well, but I need to be healthy for the XC season and track season. I plan to have my best season yet. Gotta be healthy to do that.
A Florida Coach wrote:
You're coming off an injury: is your GP or another doc on your medical team a runner? If so, go over your injury status with him/her and if necessary have them communicate with your coach as well. A PT could also do this, but proper chain would be first trying an MD. The point is, sounds like your coach may not fully be appreciating the gravitas of your injury, or at least your own concerns about returning from it.
If not already done, obviously, evaluate your training shoes and your XC spikes to determine if they're the best model for you and if at all contributory to your injury—or possible future injuries.
From your comments here you seem very mature and bright. I'd recommend you read Larry Greene's book "Training Young Distance Runners" and evaluating your coach's training program against some of what he says in that book. It would be very hard for me based on limited info and not knowing you to make very specific training recommendations or to evaluate your coach's own program, but you probably can weigh his advice vs your own condition and needs at least somewhat. In general, yes, listen to your coach, but do not let him put you in a place where you'll revisit injury if you can help it. My personal view as a coach is to always be conservative in treating and preventing further injury, and also always to adhere to recommendations from qualified clinicians.
I would feel awful if I ever had an athlete "go all out" only to aggravate their injury and have them in poor shape for the end of XC season or worse, to ruin their track season come spring.
Stay off letsrun.com and listen to your coach.
I like this, but I would have to clarify what consistent means.
The what you say? wrote:
Run 6 days a week.
Sleep 9+ hours a night.
has been2 wrote:
Hills once per week.
Grass intervals. Id recommend 200-400 once per week, and a couple 1000m blasts once per week. No need to concentrate on rest amounts. Just be sure they are good.
Fartleks. 1k on 1k off on grass for maybe 10k.
A good crisp long run on sundays.
Pullups from a hanging start, forwards, backwards. Ab routine too.