If you’ve been running for some period of time, whether you’re on the local 5k circuit or just do it to stay in shape, I bet you’ve been hurt at one time or another. The joke is to never ask a runner how they are doing, because you’re going to get a long winded answer. Just get to the point and ask them what is hurting. And what most people do not realize is that those who are new to running are more likely to incur some type of injury compared to those who have a history of running.
From personal experience, I never felt worse physically than when I could be called a runner. Something always hurt. I thought I was doing something good for myself, but I was just beating myself up. My back ached. I had shin splints numerous times. I developed a stress reaction in my hip. I strained each calf numerous times. My flexibility was worse than ever. My strength levels were low. And I carried more bodyfat than I currently do.
The last time I logged over a mile on a consistent basis was about three years ago. Well, I’ve never felt better physically. The last time I suffered any sort of injury, overuse or acute, was….the last time I trained and finished the marathon on a torn calf muscle.
So who cares about my running experiences, right? One guy is not enough evidence to change your thoughts on running. Well, this newsletter arrived in my mailbox today and something I think you should take a look at if you’re one of these recreational runners are thinking running is good for you. The author of the newsletter, strength coach Mike Robertson, provides some good studies about the incidence of injuries occurred and might change your mindset if you’re one of those who’s always hurt.
Still want to run? Fine. But understand what you’re getting yourself into and what you must do if you do not want to be one of these running injury statistics.