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The Run Smarter Podcast


Feb 11, 2021

Stress fractures are a runners worst nightmare. They are often mis-diagnosed in the early days and when correctly identified, result in several weeks of inactivity which will drive a runner insane!

Today Brodie interviews Ainslie who has faced several stress fractures throughout her running career. At the age of 14, Ainslie experienced her first major injury having fractured her hip bone and tearing her hip labrum towards the end of a race. Following that was a foot stress fracture in 2011, 4 more in 2012 and recently, another foot stress fracture in 2020.

We dive into the common symptoms Ainslie went through, how her injury history mentally effected her, and she kindly opens up about her disordered eating and lack of RED-S awareness through her developmental years. 

During these success story segments, Brodie interviews a runner who has managed to overcome a running related injury after much hardship and frustration.

When injured, it is easy to find social media posts & stories from other injured runners which are discouraging and worrying. Tales of chronic pain, debilitating symptoms and failed treatment techniques often manifest anxiety and thoughts of the worst outcome.

However, this is only a small fraction of runners and a skewed bias around the injured population. So, this segment aims to bring hope and optimism, while sharing treatment success. 

To learn more about RED-S you can head to my previous podcast episode titled: The hidden dangers of RED-S with Isobel Ross

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