From heart health, weight loss to mental wellbeing, the benefits of running are well documented. However, it’s all too common that once you really start to feel the benefits of running on a regular basis, an injury can occur and you’re back to square one – or worse!
To assist you in your preparation for your fun run, we’ve asked Brisbane-based running physiotherapist Paul Trevethan of Body Leadership to share his six top tips to prevent injuries to help you runPositive whatever the distance.
1. Warm Up
2. Don’t Overstride
One of the most common mistakes runners make is reaching forward too far with their stride. If you notice you’re quite noisy with your foot strike, you may be overstriding, so shorten it up!
3. Cool Down
Always do a proper cool down. Use your full stretch routine. Get yourself long and straight so you can be ready in time for your next run.
4. Listen to Your Body
Most running injuries don’t happen in a split second. Your body will give you warning signs. If your body is aching, it may be time to review your running technique. If pain persists, get help quickly!
5. Ice Ice, baby
If you’re really upping your distance or getting ready for your first marathon, your legs might start to fatigue. Get into the cold water for about 20 minutes after a run to freshen legs up and nip problems in the bud.
6. Don’t be marathon mad
Are you training for The Gold Coast Airport Marathon or half marathon? If you feel a niggle leading up to the run, don’t just push on and ignore it. Stop! Reduce distance and speed for a few days. If your ache continues, get help. It’s better to pull back and look after yourself, than risk an injury that stops you from racing.
Paul adds, “The most important thing to staying injury free is to keep learning about yourself. Running is a great teacher, keep listening, improving your skills and seek out information. That way you can runPositive and prevent injuries as best as possible!”
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”