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#AskAway with Coach MK and Coach Sarah | Running Questions, Answered

This week the coaches tackle questions about Crohn's, Fatigue and associated Neuropathy, Critical Power and hilly race prep and end on the connection between nutrition and heavy legs. 

Coach MK and Coach Sarah livestream question and answer sessions each week on the Fitness Protection Program Facebook Page, The Fitness Protection Program YouTube Channel, and Twitch, simultaneously. Join us! They are a lot of fun and super informative; anyone may ask follow-up questions during the live broadcast.


1. Hi coach MK and Coach Sarah. After a stressful summer September has gifted me with a Crohn’s flare (grrr). I have feel terrible and can’t even make through the easiest workout in week one of lane one. This is fairly demoralizing so I have very little motivation to do anything honestly. I know that 30 minutes is the minimum necessary to make progress, but it there something with a shorter duration that will at least provide some benefit? I’m hoping that knowing what I would be doing is in some way beneficial to my body can help motivate me out the door on days that it would be much easier to give up. Thanks!

  • 20 minutes!

  • critical/crucial adaptations

  • anything is better than nothing

2. My health is not good right now, and in after a hard honest conversation with myself I am happy rebuild is here for me. I'm dealing with massive fatigue and neuropathy in both my arms and legs. The fatigue is making it hard to get up in the morning and move my body. And the near constant pain is such a mental suck. My question is while I am trying to figure out what is going on with my body, is it ok to do both the rebuild and maintain strength? Thanks so much for having a safe place for me to keep my running practice while I can't do what I want to.

  • totally good with it as long as doc and PT are OK with it,

  • in this case we are not de facto worried about CNS fatigue

  • ask what can I do what can I do

3. What's the best way to adjust when I am legitimately not pushing it according to plan (running 5 days a week but doing bare minimum avocado toast/140 3 of those days b/c of busy work schedule), but then I had to cut my long run short because my foot was hurting. I feel like I overdid it today (rest day). Should I take an extra rest day? Walk for a couple of my runs?

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