Running without thinking, getting on a runner’s high and staying there as long as possible, exploring the trails like there is no tomorrow: we’d all love to live that runner’s wet dream.
Back on this planet, that dream is often shattered by our physical vulnerability.
Mind over body, we say, and that is true! The human body can be pushed to extremes – until it breaks. And even then we might make it to the finish line. Our body is awesome – which often leads us to overuse it, abuse it. And get injured.
Here we have keen runner (completed her 200 Miles in 36 hours challenge last August) Nicole Nichols spill the beans on how she manages to stay clear of injury.
If you have goals of becoming a runner, completing a marathon, racing your way into smaller jeans, or even finishing that first 5K, this is a must-read for you. Here are the five training tips that have kept me running injury-free for years.
#1 Just Because You CAN Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should.
The last thing I like to hear is that a person who has essentially never ran is planning to run a half or full marathon in a matter of months. This is an injury waiting to happen, not to mention that it simply isn’t safe or advisable for an inexperienced runner. I know that it seems as if everyone these days is running a marathon. And I know there are training plans that promise to take you from unfit to running 26.2 miles in four months. But just because you can do something does not mean you should. Seriously. Just because people can run that distance with very little training doesn’t mean it’s good for their bodies. I firmly believe that one should only train for a marathon after several years of running. But even then, I don’t personally believe that it’s a healthy goal for every runner. ……….
#2 If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It
Like everyone else, I read and adored Chris McDougall’s book Born To Run, and was totally ready to hop on the barefoot running bandwagon after doing so. When I visited my local running store to try on some minimalist running shoes, I stopped myself before checking out. Sure, there may be some good theories and even some evidence that minimalist shoes or barefoot exercise may be better for us. But I’d also never been injured or hurt by wearing my cushy motion-controlled running shoes either. For all I know, my running shoes are absolutely perfect for me and switching to something else—no matter how highly touted—could be the start of problems. I decided that if it isn’t broken, I’m not going to fix it. I’m sticking with my tried-and-true sets of shoes until they no longer work for me. Then—and only then—will I change things up. ……….
#3 Don’t Run Every Day
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