I’ve been thinking a lot about running as of late. Maybe it’s because race season is here. Or because after 2 years I’m finally back to full running workouts again. Or possibly it’s the my recent run in rural PA, where I enjoyed a run on some good old country roads. But most likely, it’s because I’ve been working with a few novice runners, who are just getting into the sport, and have some fairly lofty goals. I’ve had several conversations with them about injuries. And while they are novices, even experienced runners get hurt. In fact the injury rate for runners is an astounding 70%. Yikes! That’s more than football! Because of running’s repetitive nature and high impact forces, running can be as harsh on the body as it can be soothing to the soul.
So, how do you protect the feet, knees, hips, and back? How do we stave off injury? While nothing can guarantee you’ll avoid the injury bug, here are 4 keys to ensure you remain as healthy as possible when hitting the pavement or trail.
Using these tips, you can hopefully avoid that injury bug. Remember to build gradually, use a structured plan, practice good mechanics, hit the gym for strength training, and listen to your body. Need help figuring all that out? I’ve got a few ideas- reach out to me and we can get you dialed in. But in the meantime, happy running!