My client is in great shape and keeps up her runs with a local running club. She works with me twice each week to supplement her running. I’m not able to do vertical jumping as per her chiropractor (was only doing 1-2 sets 1x per week) and single-leg work seems to aggravate an old ankle/calf injury. Basically I can’t do any of the regular things I would do with my runners. Any suggestions?
If her goal is to run half marathon I would only concentrate on running some mileage in the next few weeks. Since she is in a great cardiovascular shape, just work with her on improving her endurance. That means more runs every week (5-6 days/week). Have her run in various surfaces as long as her ankle allows it. If all she does with you is strength training then do more upper body stuff. Some TRX, body weight exercises and battling rope routines will be very helpful. Kettlebells could also be used here (if you and/or her have experience with them) because of the excellent physical conditioning they can provide. I’m not sure why she needs to do vertical jumps for this type of training, but I’m sure you have a better idea since she is your client. You could try some stair climbing training to improve her lower body conditioning (this is less strenuous than vertical jumps). These are the type of routines and exercises I would recommend for someone who is training for half and full marathons. Her age seems not be a major issue for her.
I hope this helps.