Disclosure: This post is part of my partnership with NYRR, as one of their social media ambassadors for the TCS New York City Marathon I will be posting weekly on preselected topics.
I have trained for four marathons and am actually training for my fifth as we speak. I only made it to one and in a few weeks I will be running my second. Two of the five I dropped out due to running injuries and one of them I dropped out due to a shoulder injury. I would say the bulk of my experience training for marathons has been in the injury department.
There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent injuries like cross training, stretching, warming-up, foam rolling, wearing the right shoes, and the list goes on and on. I would love to tell you that by doing everything right you won’t get injured, but that is not the truth. As runners all we can do is try take every precaution to prevent injuries and then hope for the best outcome, which is making it to race day.
As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon not running because my left foot hurts and my right ITB is annoying me I am writing this post. I have done everything right. Well in my head I have done everything right, but in all actuality I have not. I have not stretched. I have not cross trained. I have not been foam rolling. Warm-ups??? What is that?? I just changed out my sneakers, but I think a little too late. I do see a chiropractor weekly to adjust my back and to use his runnersage (<—-affilaite link, I would totally but this if I had the cash!!!!)!
Overall I do not do exactly what I am supposed to do. Why, you ask??? Well life gets in the way. I would love to be that person that says no matter what I am going to do it all. I am not. After working a 15 hour shift that should have been 10 hours I am beat. I literally want to go home, lay down and be by myself. It’s a struggle.
I learn every day what not to do and I try to incorporate all the rituals that have been a success to help prevent injuries:
- foam rolling
- core strengthening
- epsom salt baths
These are all things that help to keep me injury free. They work the best when I actually follow them. Some days I do and some days I don’t. I try my best to do it all, but it is sometimes not possible.
How do you stay injury free?