10 Tips for Running Injuries

I’m not a physio or a doctor and I can’t really tell you with any authority how to prevent recurrent injuries.  For my first #ukrunchat blog post, I thought I would tell you instead about all the ways I’ve found to keep those pesky injuries hanging around, and even how to make them worse!  If you want to suffer ongoing pain and chronic injury, just follow these simple steps…

  1. At the first sign of injury, remain in a constant state of denial.  Going on a six mile run the next day can work wonders, too.  By no means should you sway from your training schedule or, you know, actually rest.
  1. Google the symptoms.  Accurate results are sure to be found via the font of medicinal knowledge known as the world wide web.
  1. Sulk at any opportunity.  Add to this by reading books about running, reading blogs about running, tweeting about not being able to run, and talking to your family members about how rubbish it is not to be able to run.
  1. Work out how long it will take you to recover (of course, professional medical advice is not needed for this).  Then make sure you enter a high cost, big ticket target race in just less time than a proper recovery will take.
  1. Do not under any circumstances visit a physio or doctor.
  1. When you feel able to run again, don’t take any time to build up slowly.  Go straight back to training for an event of the same distance or intensity that you were aiming for when the injury began.
  1. Blame your tools (shoes) and buy many, many expensive pairs of different varieties to exhaust all potential problems.
  1. Occupy yourself while unable to run by buying lots of running clothes that you may not be able to wear for months.  Bonus points if your purchases do not accord with the seasons.
  1. Don’t learn about active recovery or other cross-training options.  You’re a runner: those activities are not for you.
  1. Talk about your injury to anyone who will listen.  They are sure to be deeply interested in the workings of your anatomy, and your injury certainly won’t make them think that running is bad for you.

I hope my top tips have inspired you NOT to follow my advice and to look after your bodies as you become a stronger runner.  For more of my musings, check out my own blog at www.todayimarunner.blogspot.comor tweet me @littlemissclev.