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New Runners More Prone to Injury

New Runners Be Careful

If you're not normally a runner but have decided to take it up once the weather turns, congrats, just be sure to be careful.

This is because new runners are more likely to ignore foot and ankle pain and are at higher risk of injury since beginners or average runners take nearly twice as long to finish the same distance and also tend to weigh more than experienced runners, leading to more stress on feet and ankles.

This is not meant to discourage new runners but to serve as a friendly reminder: If you're thinking about taking up running this Spring, wonderful, just be sure to listen to your body and pay attention to any aches and pains. You may need to start with shorter runs, give your body a rest, and/or see a doctor so you can avoid injury and keep with it in the long run, pun intended.

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pequeña pequeña 8 years
When I started, this helped me a lot: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-380-381-386-678-0,00.html
chaotic chaotic 8 years
i need to start running ugh winter is holding me back (i try not to run on treadmills) but idk where to run since i don't live in a neighborhood i live kind of on a back road.. would it be safe to run on it and then run to a neighborhood down the street and run in there?
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I definitely have hurt things (ankle, knee) since I started running and I'm not even up to 3 miles! Old ballet injuries I suppose.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I definitely tried to run through shin splints when I first started, and I still have to occasionally tell myself to just stop when they start to hurt (I get them all the time). There's a desire to just say "I won't give in" and keep going, but it can get you sidelined fast.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I started running, I had to be really careful that I didn't get hurt. I bought shoes specifically for running (lots of new runners just use whatever sneakers they have. Don't do that.), got a physical and made sure that my body was ready for it, and I really made sure I listened to my body's signals to tell me that I was not running while hurt. It's also not a great idea to start running when you are very overweight because you run a greater risk of getting hurt. It's a better idea to do a non-impact exercise until you get to within about 40 lbs of your goal weight and THEN start a running program.
dcroan dcroan 8 years
oh. so are you saying that the I.T. Band stretches are best? I have a very hard time convincing myself to stretch and loosen up before working out besides the I.T. band stretches. do you have any other techniques?
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I can definitely attest to that. In my first year of running, my runophiliac sister noted that I shifted my hips while I was moving. That's something I'm still trying to shake off when I run.
dcroan dcroan 8 years
I started running again this past month. Averaging about 4.5 miles 4 times a week. I've got the Nike+ iPod which really has helped me keep track with my running goals. If you don't have it, you might want to check it out, although it takes a while to break in the new sneakers, even if you're running a lot. You can set your own goals. My question in response to this article was to see if there is an expectation of time when runs will become less painful. I'm definitely a heavier weight following the winter and going into spring but a great stretching routine and loosening up the I.T. band before and after runs does a remarkable at the outset. good luck.
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