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Running without Injury

Essential Tips for Running without injury: A Guide for Beginners

Whether you’re a novice or seasoned runner, staying injury-free is paramount. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the pavement on your lunch break so you can enjoy running without injury:

Why do some runners seem to always get injured while others are seemingly bullet proof?

Injuries can derail your fitness journey, but understanding why they occur is the first step to prevention. Let’s delve into factors that contribute to running injuries and how to mitigate them.

Too much, too soon

Rapidly increasing your running volume or intensity can strain your body, leading to injuries. Gradually build up your mileage, allowing adequate rest between sessions. Remember, quality over quantity is key.

Poor Nutrition

​Proper nutrition is crucial for peak performance and recovery. Focus on micronutrients from fruits and vegetables to support your immune system and prevent cellular damage. Aim for 9-13 servings daily to combat oxidative stress and enhance overall health.

Poor Sleep Quality

Like proper nutrition, adequate sleep is a critical component to the recovery process. Again, a body that cannot recover fully cannot adapt to the training loads being placed on it. This impedes performance and increases your risk of injury. 

Poor Posture

Maintaining proper posture is crucial for efficient running mechanics. Avoid prolonged sitting and tech neck to prevent muscle imbalances and undue strain on your body.

Not Listening To Your Body…

Pain is your body’s way of signaling potential issues. Don’t ignore discomfort; seek professional guidance to address underlying concerns promptly.

Muscles Imbalances

Muscle imbalances, stemming from various factors like posture and repetitive movements, increase injury risk. Targeted cross-training can correct imbalances and prevent common running injuries like patellar femoral pain syndrome and shin splints. In my opinion, Pilates is one of the best cross training activities any athletes can do to improve muscle imbalances and posture.

Poor Stability

Stability is vital for bearing the load during running. Incorporate strength training, including deep core exercises, to enhance stability and prevent injuries. Get a free assessment to gauge your deep core efficiency.

Poor Mobility

Like poor stability, this can be a component of muscle imbalance… and this imbalanced, asymmetric mobility can lead to injury.  If you are either too flexible or too inflexible you may also be prone to injury. Too flexible? Is that possible?  Yes! Often excessive mobility/flexibility is accompanied by poor stability and can frequently lead to injury. In the case of mobility, you need just enough to safely complete the desired task without over stressing and/or stretching the system. 

Take Action!

Let this be the beginning of a new, stronger you… not just for this weekend’s race, but also so that you can keep running for years to come! 

Schedule a free discovery visit and we can help find the right fit for you… an individualized plan to get you back on the road again. Maybe you need help with stability and finding your deep core, or help addressing the root cause of pain that is keeping you on the couch… whatever it is, let’s develop a plan for YOU together. Here’s to injury free running!