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Run your best: Common running Myths

Run your best: Common running Myths

Making purpose and intensity part of training requires  knowledge of proper training and form. Consider the following training myths:

Myth 1: Recovery is a break from training.

 

Recovery time isn’t a break from training, it is part of it. Runners, particularly those at the Master’s(40+) level, can consider taking recovery time every third week instead of every fourth week during a marathon training program.  Consider using cross training, such as the elliptical or bike, to substitute for recovery runs to give your legs a break. This allows you to rest your legs while remaining on track for a successful race.

 

Myth 2:  Push through the pain.

 

Runners know how to handle pain. But how do you determine what pain is normal and what is  cause for alarm? Muscle soreness that eases as you run can be normal. However, pain you should be concerned about may have one or more of the following characteristics:

® Pain that does not subside within several hours after running.
® On a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being worse pain), pain that exceeds 3 while running.
® The onset of sharp pain.
® Pain that wakes you up at night.
® Persistent pain that worsens when you run.
® Pain that persists in the same area, every time you run.

Our physiotherapists can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective cross training exercises, identify when poor form may be contributing to your pain, and prescribe necessary changes in training to allow the body to repair itself.

Myth 3:  You can zone out on a run.

Running can clear your mind and provide stress relief. However, thinking about your form while running can help youmake subtle improvements.

“Listen to how you run,” our Physios advise. “Notice how you strike the ground. Does it sound thesame on both sides, or is one foot strike louder? Notice where your foot lands relative to your body. Is it in front of you, or relatively underneath you, which is often less stressful? Recognize that as youfatigue, your form is more likely to be compromised.” Usually when a runner’s form is compromised mechanical stress increases and injury can soon follow