Now that the great weather has finally rolled around in sunny Colorado, it’s time to get out there and hit the pavement. Whether you are a sporadic weekend jogger or a hardcore athlete training for the next big event, running is one of the most popular forms of exercise. In fact, in the last several years, it seems that creative races have started taking the world by storm inciting the masses to head outside and hit the road. From glow-in-the-dark runs to musical marathons, color blast courses, to simulated zombie apocalypses, running courses are now more fun than ever.
Running however can result in injuries so here are a few excellent tips on how you can navigate around the most common injuries and avoid the long-term pain that can stem from overuse of muscles and improper recovery routines.
● Plantar Fasciitis
This painful condition stems from small tears in the tendons running between the heel and toes of each foot. Primarily as a pain in the arch, proper fitting shoes can mitigate plantar fasciitis. Additionally, learning the proper form from an expert running coach can help you avoid this condition. Adding regular massage therapy sessions to your post running workouts is another way you can alleviate the pain associated with this injury.
● Shin Splints
Everyone is familiar with shin splints! Caused by tiny tears in the muscles around the tibia in your legs, shin splints result from stress or improper use. Many doctors cite ill-fitting shoe wear or too much wear and tear on the body without proper stretching and warming up as the culprits in this painful condition.
● Runner’s Knee
Runner’s knee results in inflammation in the knee area located directly below the kneecap resulting from bad form or posture when running. To avoid this condition, strength training for the body’s core muscle groups is key as well as regular massage sessions to help keep you musculoskeletal system in line.
Although this list can seem daunting, the key to making running enjoyable is to listen to your body and nurture yourself to recover when needed. Talk to one of our professional massage therapist with any questions about how we can help you make the most of your summer!