It’s been eleven days since my last run. Last week at school I was short-tempered, easily annoyed, and rolled my eyes a lot. Coincidence? Or just middle-school-before-winter-break? Could go either way. All I know is that thanks to my continued knee-related running hiatus, my Vivofit has lowered its step-count expectations to the point that it [...]
Just the other morning, I finished the first of what promises to be plenty of hot, humid long runs with my training group and while we were trying to rehydrate, a relative newbie came by and asked me the best to treat a sore calf muscle. He was diligently stretching the calf after every run, followed later by dipping his legs in a Jacuzzi and then placing a heating pad on the calf for another 10 minutes. The calf hadn't been responding at all to his treatment and he was worried.
If you suffer from a baffling series of overuse running injuries, there often is a root cause, other than the usual overtraining, bad shoes, too much racing syndrome. One of the most common conditions that plague runners is something called leg-length discrepancies. In short, the lengths of your legs are unequal. One is longer than the other. For most people, this isn’t necessarily a problem. But for a runner it often is because of the repeated stress that is placed on the lower legs. If one leg is shorter (or longer), the stress is not equally distributed and injuries are often the result.
Bunions. Just the word is repelling and scary. Sadly, bunions are an ugly, yet all-too-common foot deformity that afflicts millions of American women. And some men. The incidence of bunions has risen over the years to the point where it has become practically an epidemic. Especially among women who spend hours on their feet such as nurses, teachers and waitresses, many of whom are also runners.
One of the most difficult training concepts to accept is also the very simplest: Rest. That’s right, total rest. Not active rest or cross-training, but complete rest. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a runner, swimmer, cyclist, weight lifter or bowler (OK, maybe not a bowler), but your most important training day should have a big goose egg next to it. A zero. Zilch. Nyet. Nada. Nothing.
Just about every runner who trains consistently and with some degree of intensity will suffer some type of injury. The stress of training and the repetitive nature of the sport makes it almost inevitable that somewhere along the way you will injure a body part, usually a running muscle.
Do you have forefoot pain? Does the area right under your toes—especially the big toe--get sore after running? If it does, you already know this is not very pleasant.
It used to be that whenever you saw a doctor for a running injury—no matter how minor--the prescription was almost always the same: Stop running! If something is bothering you, then you stop, right?
Shin splints are an insidious injury that most often targets and frustrates many beginning runners. It’s a tough injury that can result in such soreness and even pain that many newbies—particularly young runners--are forced to abandon running.
Most runners hate to stretch. Especially guys. We complain about lack of flexibility, but do nothing about it. Most of us who can do two-hour runs (or longer) never seem to be able to find an extra 10 minutes to stretch. Recently, I had one friend tell me something to the effect that real runners don’t stretch. Of course, when he was telling me this he was hobbling around with a calf injury.
When done on a regular basis, backward running strengthens the legs muscles (hamstrings, calf muscles and soleus) that aren’t used as much as the primary muscles for forward running. The benefits of backward running are better overall muscular balance as well as stretching and lengthening foot and lower leg muscles such as the Achilles and soleus muscles.
Just the other morning, I finished another hot, long run with my training group and while we were attempting to rehydrate, a relative newbie came by and asked the best to treat a sore calf muscle that had been bothering him. He was diligently stretching the calf after every run, followed immediately by a heated whirlpool and then placing a heating pad on the calf for another 10 minutes. The calf hasn't been responding, was still bothering him and he was worried.
There isn't a runner alive who hasn't suffered at one time or another from a simple ankle sprain. It is - by far - the most common injury that puts runners on the injury list. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, physicians see more than a million patients a year complaining of ankle sprains.
Achilles is one of the most famous names in Greek mythology—and the tendon named after him is one of the most important components in the group of muscles and bones that propels the runner. This tendon’s job is to drive the foot down and forward. There’s no record of whether Achilles was a runner, but [...]
As a committed runner, we all know that the hardest part isn’t the daily training we do. Instead, it’s coping with an injury when you can’t run at all. A non-runner would think downtime is a welcome break from running, but just the opposite is true. An injured runner often becomes cranky and irritable and [...]