Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Injury

Re: Eccentric calf raises for Achilles tendinitis: "[The guy they interviewed] emphasizes not to allow your heel to go down too far off the platform, thereby overstretching the Achilles. It is meant to be a light strengthening exercise." (This article also recommends to keep running through recovery, which I haven't seen elsewhere.)

In an ideal runner's world, every step of every mile would be 100 percent pain-free. No aches, no twinges, no lingering soreness from yesterday's workout, but then everyone would do it.  One article that I read last night stated that 30-50% of runner's will incur an injury in a training year!

Most common running injuries:

 plantar fasciitis - an inflammation in the bottom of the foot.  The common characteristic of this condition is a sharp, painful sensation at the base of the heel that can be anywhere from annoying to excruciating.

achilles tendonitis -  inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Because the lower legs are so far away from your heart, there’s very little blood flow to the area, which means the healing process for an injury such as Achilles tendinitis is often slow.
it band syndrome -  Your iliotibial (IT) band is a tendon that connects your knee to your hip. IT band syndrome (ITBS) results when this tendon becomes inflamed. ITBS has been compared to the feeling of somebody stabbing you in the side of the knee when you run, especially when going downhill. 
runner's knee - A constant ache underneath your kneecap when you run. Is likely runner’s knee, or patellofemoral knee syndrome. The main symptom is pain just below the kneecap that usually worsens as the intensity of exercise increases
shin splints -  “shin splints" is an umbrella term.  At their worst, shin splints can turn into a stress fracture along the tibia, and searing pain will be felt with every stride; in less severe cases, the muscles in the shin area may be tender and inflamed, and pain lessens a few miles into the run
FINGERS crossed - injury free this year!


  1. I have all of these just from walking. I push through the pain but boy does it hurt. I get shin splints very easily. My hip joints hurt too. Everything hurts and it Never. Goes. Away.

  2. Inflamed shin muscles - had those. And cramps aren't an injury but boy do they hurt when you're running.

  3. Boy I have felt all but the last one and I don't run but that is due to my joint problems. One would think that with all the exercise, one would not get this as much. One must love the sport to continue so good for you for loving something like this