Okay, so you’ve been running races on and off for a while now and you pretty much have your pre-race training routine memorized like the back of your hand. However, you’re not getting the results you were expecting, so what’s going on? Even though you may have a few races under your belt, it is easy to develop bad habits or make mistakes that may be sabotaging your training goals.
Take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookies and even novice runners may make occasionally in their training routines.
The manufacturers of the Vibram FiveFingers were recently sued for falsely advertising that their shoes would reduce injury and strengthen feet, Vibram did settle the case in order to save legal fees; but continue to stand behind their shoe. Is barefoot running and minimalist shoes just another fad? We think it is a good idea to take a look and see what the experts have to say about the practice of running barefoot.
The first actual pair of running shoes did not hit the market until 1970. Before then, people ran in flats, thin sandals, moccasins or barefoot. Research shows that when a person runs this way, their forefoot or midfoot strikes the ground first. This reduces the impact of your foot on the ground. Researchers are blaming more injuries on the new cushioned running shoes that have become so popular in the last 30 years.
If you’re a list person like me, I think you’ll like keeping a log because a few months from now, once you’ve filled up some pages, it’s fun to go back and actually see the amount of work you’ve accumulated.
“My dear, it’s not your body that’s broken. It’s your brain.”
That’s just what I wanted to hear during the first consult with my new physical therapist. There’s nothing like hearing a medical professional tell you your brain isn’t working right, especially when you walked into the office thinking the pain was in your hip.
I didn’t want to believe him. But he told me to lay on my stomach and lift one leg using my glute muscles.
“Nope. Try it again,” he told me.
Whatever! I thought. I can do this, my stubborn mind said. So I tried again, and failed again. I failed all the tests he threw at me that day.
“How do you think you can run properly if you can’t do something as simple as lifting your leg?” The new PT said. It was a rhetorical question. So we started retraining my brain.
A couple weeks ago I wrote about Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) for chronic injuries. In that post, I explained that short-term recovery means no activity for at least two weeks after the injection. Doctors also tell patients to stay away from anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drugs (like ibuprofen or naproxen) and no icing the injection spot for six to eight weeks.
So once patients clear those hurdles, what comes next? If you’re considering undergoing a PRP injection, here’s what you can expect during your recovery...
“Smile, breathe and go slowly."