I have been pretty lucky since getting this new running life started. I haven’t had any major injuries that put an end to my trying for an extended period of time. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had injuries though. I can almost guarantee that if you decide to step up a level from just walking to some serious training that involves running you will pay some sort of price. There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of injury, and most likely you can avoid any serious stuff, but you will have pains.
I have fought plantar fasciitis, swollen and sore achilles tendon, and since the Iron Horse Half Marathon something has been not right with my knee. I hope (and believe) it is just tendonitis that will go away with rest and proper treatment, but I don’t know for sure.
I don’t say all of this to discourage anyone from running, but to caution anyone that does to make sure they take care of their body. You can help prevent injury with: proper stretching, not increasing activity too quickly, not focusing as much on pace and more on how you feel, learning proper technique, and a proper cool down. Doing all of these things certainly will give you better odds, but injuries can still happen. When they do it is crucial to let the body heal properly before getting started again. A minor nuisance injury can become a game changer if you don’t give it proper time to heal.
I have taken it pretty easy since the Iron Horse to see how my knee recovers. I ran 5 miles with some of you on the Run Richmond group run on Saturday. It was my first real test of any distance for my knee. It felt good during the run and hasn’t gotten any worse after the run. I believe this is just going to be a nuisance thing that I deal with for a while, but I still will need to listen to my body and modify my training to what my knee can handle.
This is a good article to help you understand 5 of the most common running injuries.