Article Summary: Part one of a two-part series that offers hope to runners who’ve given up on running because of injuries, or who are close to giving up because of pain and injuries, or who are new to running and want to avoid injuries.
Have you ever met someone who said they had to quit running because it was too hard on their body? Do you know someone who’s close to quitting?
Or maybe that someone is you?
The story is repeated often among runners and ex-runners …
You start running and find that you love it or, at the very least, you put up with it because it’s the best way to manage your weight.
But problems arise. You get get shin-splints. Or knee pain. Or Achilles heel pain. Or … well, you get the picture.
So you start looking for answers and, more often than not, you’re told to “slow down” or “run less” or “get better shoes”.
So you try those things. Maybe you even get orthodics but, eventually, you’re hardly running at all anymore.
You lose your passion for running. You lose fitness. You gain weight. You think your running career is over, or worse, maybe it is over … you stop running.
And you’re not happy.
Well, I’m here to tell you that maybe – just maybe – your running days are not over. So, please don’t give up – there is hope.
You see, I was like you. I struggled with pain. And injury.
From 1992 to 2000, I could never get beyond three or four days of running a week without getting shin-splints. I had shin-splints for years. I wasn’t doing a lot of mileage during that time – and better shoes never solved the problem.
In 2000, I began marathon training and never looked back. I love training for marathons. Next to the time I spend with family and friends, it’s one of the things I love most in life.
But those shin-splints got worse and worse. I’d be willing to bet they were often close to being stress-fractures. And, if that wasn’t enough, I also suffered from absolutely terrible lower back pain. Not good.
All the while I wondered, “Why am I having these problems? Am I doing something wrong?”
And then things got worse – I got a stress-fracture in my ankle while running a marathon. It took me the better part of six months to recover from that injury.
But it was during that time when I figured out what I’d been doing wrong and set in motion a sequence of events that led to me running another marathon – a personal best. The bonus? That I trained for that marathon injury-free at mileages way higher than I’d trained at previously.
Tomorrow I’ll share the secret I learned for making sure running is not be too hard on your body. Read Part Two