How runners can prevent injury

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by WilliamBros Blogger

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As a runner, you may have been accused of being crazy at some point. After all, you run no matter what the weather is like, no matter what you have going on that day, and no matter what you feel like. At Williams Bros., we applaud your dedication to your sport. But, we also know how easy it is to injury yourself during a run! So, for today’s blog, we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to keep yourself from being taken off the pavement:

Warm ups

As a kid, you were taught to always stretch before a workout. As a savvy adult runner, however, you know that stretching before a run will actually tense up your hamstrings and slow you down.

That doesn’t mean you should skip stretching altogether or the warm-up. In fact, not doing something beforehand to warm up your muscles can lead to a number of injuries, including the oh-so-painful shin splints.

To avoid this, try doing some lunges before a run. Once your run is complete, do some stretches to ease your muscles.

You are not The Flash

If you like the superhero genre at all, maybe you’re familiar with The Flash, whose power is running really fast. Just remember, you are not a superhero. There will be some days where you’ll be tempted to push yourself farther than you should. While it’s good to build up your speed and endurance a little bit every day, doing too much at once can sideline you. Know your limits and don’t overdo it.

Surface is everything

The sidewalk is not a great place for a run. There are cracks, potholes and uneven surfaces. All of those can cause serious injury to a runner. If there are trails available, use those, even if you have to drive to get to a trailhead. Some colleges and high schools even open up their tracks for public use, and while running in a circle isn’t necessarily fun, it is better for your knees than the sidewalk.

If you have injured yourself during a run, Williams Bros. carries braces and exercise and rehab equipment to get you back on the trails again!

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