Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon

29 Feb

As a new runner I have fallen victim to this mistake just like I’m sure many of us have. The number 1 mistake of  “Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon”. When you decide that you would like to start running you are so excited to get out there and run, run, run. The problem is your body isn’t prepared for the amount of pounding it is about to take. Unfortunately, if you fall victim to the Too3  you can quickly develop an overuse injury. Overuse injuries can include Runner’s Knee which is irritation of the cartilage in the knee, along with shin splints, and illiotibial band syndrome.  While the recovery from these injuries may not take long it is hard to stick with something that you associate with pain. If every time you run you end up with shin splints are you going to continue running? Probably not.

Personally, I found a running schedule that was developed by someone much smarter than I and did my best to stick to it. There were definitely times where my patience was tried. Where I felt like I wasn’t improving quick enough but a little knee pain will quickly remind you to slow it down and take it one day at a time.

Hey Running Veterans, What is your tip for new runners to keep from succumbing to Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon?

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