Drew is a competitive distance runner. HIS FIRST INJURY OCCURRED HIS FRESHMAN YEAR IN COLLEGE. It would be the first of many…
Drew’s shins started to ache during cross country. Over time the ache turned into pain. He tried icing. He tried stretching. He tried massage. He even tried changing his shoes. Eventually he had to take a break from training and over the course of several weeks, the pain eventually subsided. A few months after resuming training, his hips started to hurt.
EVERY TIME DREW RECOVERED FROM ONE INJURY, HE WOULD SUSTAIN ANOTHER INJURY ELSEWHERE.
Drew didn’t realize, but he was falling down the rabbit hole: While in college, Drew sustained injuries to his shins, hips, iliotibial band, foot, and achilles.
Many runners go through this injury-recovery-injury process and like many other runners, Drew philosophized as to the cause of his problems.
My (insert name of muscle, tendon or ligament) is weak.
My footwear isn’t right.
I stepped the wrong way on a run.
I am unlucky.
After college, Drew’s good friend recommended a book called Core Training for Distance Runners, authored by Jon Messner. Drew was skeptical, but desperate for an answer. He thought to himself.
How can core training help me?
How can strength training prevent injury?
Drew really enjoyed Jon’s book and started implementing some of the exercises he read about. After several weeks, something was different… he felt better! Strength training was the answer!
At the time, Drew was running 60 miles a week in preparation for the Philadelphia marathon. A few weeks after Drew ran the marathon in 2-hours 48-minutes, HE SUSTAINED ANOTHER FOOT INJURY.
Not again! Not another injury! Drew was heart broken and lost.
Drew came to the conclusion he did not have the tools to fix himself and he reluctantly reached out to Jon for help.
Drew and Jon worked together to come up with a plan to fix Drew’s injuries and get him back to running as quickly and safely as possible.
After a few months, Drew had no pain and was able to start running again. After a year or so, Drew not only returned to his old form, but he was much faster. Drew set PR’s in the 200, 400, and 800 meters and his sights are set on the mile and 5k next.
DREW TRAINS JUST AS HARD AS HE DID IN COLLEGE AND HAS NO PAIN WHATSOEVER.
His hips aren't tight. His calves don’t cramp. His foot doesn’t bug him. His knees are fine. NOTHING HURTS.
Drew used to be apprehensive on his runs, wondering which step would cause an injury. Not anymore. Drew feels like a high school freshman discovering running for the first time.
This is Drew’s story, and we hope it inspires you.