Running is a staple for anyone out there looking to lose some weight, build some fitness or trying to sweat out the anxieties of the day, however, as tough as it is on your spirit, it can be equally damaging to your legs, knees and back.
Pushing yourself too hard can often lead to irreversible damager and/or walking funny for a few weeks. Running injuries are technically repetitive stress injuries but call them what you want – they’re always a complete bummer.
Luckily you’ve got us to help you for all your fitness needs! With this handy girls guide, we’ve got all the tips you need to avoid getting yourself injured and be the best runner you can be!
Know Your Enemy
Knowing what kind of running injury you have can really speed up the diagnosis and treatment. Instead of limping about assuming you have one thing and treating it wrong, learning the different kinds of injuries can lead to quicker recovery.
- PFPS: Commonly known as Runner’s Knee, this injury csudrd pain on outside edge or centre of the kneecap. Typically painful when you bend your knees.
- Shin Splints: Characterised by a burning or dull ache along the outside of inside of the shin bone.
- Achilles Tendinopathy: Your achilles tendon is located on the back of your heel. You’ll know if you have this if you feel severe pain during and after running.
- Plantar Fascilitis: This causes pain in the heel and along the bottom of the foot.
So what’s the best thing you can do to prevent injuries. First thing is to buy another pair or two of running shoes. They are quite expensive but wearing the same shoes year after year can cause breakdown of their support and lead to further injury and a defeated trip to the Nike shop…
Another thing you should be doing is strength training. You’re putting a lot of force down on your knees and general musculoskeletal system y’know. By building strength (and drinking your milk like your mum told you to) you can lessen the chance of any embarrassing falls in parks.
Apart from trying to find a routine that fits your running style, just eat well and watch out for fox holes…
And What If You Get Injured?
It was bound to happen! Be sure to treat your injury as soon as possible with a physical therapist. They’ll most likely to tell you to be patient and do some alternative exercises but it’s worth making an appointment in case you’ve done something more sinister to yourself.
Please, for the love of god, don’t try to run through your pain. The expression “sweat it out” applies to hangovers (sometimes) not bone damage…