Can’t Run? You Can Still Train

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Aug. 20, 2013

These alternative forms of exercise benefit the running wounded and healthy runners alike.

There’s no worse feeling in the world than being unable to train due to injury, especially when you’ve been told by a medical professional to simply “stop running” until the injury heals. However, taking total rest is one of the worst things you can do when trying to rehabilitate an injury. If you can’t run and you’ve got your sites set on speeding up the recovery process and staying fit until you’re back on your feet again, then it’s best to stop sulking and get your banged-up body moving again as soon as possible.

Let’s take a look at three of the most effective cross-training options for runners looking to maintain fitness while overcoming an injury, or better yet, to avoid injury altogether.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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