First things first, today is the FIRST DAY of the #RockYourCore challenge! I’m pumped! Are you pumped? Let’s get pumped and get those crunches in for day one!
Alright, onto today’s post!
I just finished reading Dr. Jordan Metzel’s Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life.
This post is sponsored by Runner’s World.
About a year ago, I got injured running and had to take WAY too long away from my favorite sport. I’m good to go now and want to stay that way, so I was pumped to be given an advanced copy of this book.
This book covers everything a runner needs, from identifying an injury (and what to do about it) to proper running mechanics and nutrition. It even provides a whole strength training program designed for runners to stay strong and prevent injury.
So who’s Dr. Metzl? He’s a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, America’s premier orthopedic hospital. Voted among New York’s top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine, Dr. Metzl takes care of athletic patients of all ages and lectures and teaches extensively. He lives in New York City. He’s also a 32-time (and still counting) marathoner and 12-time Ironman triathlete, so yea… dude knows what he’s talking about.
Ok, so what’s so great about this book? For one thing, it’s the first health/wellness book to feature Blippar technology throughout. Using the Blippar app, you can scan the book and access accompanying video content on a wide variety of topics including: diagnosing, treating, and preventing common running injuries, choosing the right running shoe, finding the best running form, the do’s and don’ts of anti-inflammatories, and much more. I’ve actually used Blippar before in some ad campaigns I’ve created, so I know how awesome it is – and it’s a cinch to use:
I really wish I had this book when I starting feeling twinges in my calf last year. If I couldn’t have prevented the injury, maybe I could have helped it heal up faster. I would have known all the right stretches, known what strength moves to do (he gives you an entire strength training plan called Iron Strength!), known when to ice it and how much.
That said, I’m so happy to have this book now! I’m running a LOT more this year than any year in the past since I’m doing the NYRR 9+1 program. In fact, I have 3 races in April. To put that in perspective, that’s tied for the max number of races I’ve run in a year! Here’s my April race plan:
I’ve got a lot of running to do, and the last thing I want to do is get injured again, so I’ve already started implementing a lot of Dr. Metzl’s tips, like foam rolling more often and properly fueling – and the next time I feel a twinge of anything, this book will be my guide!
Go get a good run in and thennnnnnn do those #RockYourCore crunches. Share with #RockYourCore and submit your pics/videos via the Rafflecopter widget below to win awesome prizes from this week’s sponsors!
Have you ever had a running injury?
What do you do to run strong and stay injury free?
How many races have you run in a month? A year?
This post is linked up with Wild Workout Wednesday.