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Ask the Doctor 2017-10-02T10:58:27+00:00

Suffering from Common Running Injuries? The Cause Could Be Leg-length Discrepancy

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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.

Air Quality, Big Cities and Running

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If you were paying more attention during science class than I was, you know the air we breathe contains more than just oxygen. There are all sorts of gases in our air—some necessary for life and others that are deadly in certain doses.

[Ask the Doctor] How Can I Get Faster?

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started running again about 3 years ago and I’ve been mostly injury free as I trained to run a 5k and have since worked myself up to running half marathons. I’ve done three of them and my times are pretty flat at around 2 hours, even though my mileage has gone up. What can I do to get faster beyond increasing my mileage while not putting myself at risk of injury?