Why You Can’t Just Run. A New Runner’s Guide to Avoid Injury

I love seeing someone excited for their newfound joy of running.  From time to time, I meet someone like this.  They boast about the their past and upcoming races, the big goals they have for the future, and some sort of epic training plan.  The excitement is real.  I totally get it.  I really enjoy hearing about it all. But as I’m listening, I’m thinking that it’s only a matter of time before they get injured.  This isn’t me being cynical or negative.  It’s just being real about the risk of injury for new runners.

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3 Reasons To Run That Are Not Fitness Related

I’ve been a runner almost all my life. There have been times in my life where running wasn’t optional.  Whether it was a job or a big fitness goal, I needed to run.


Being a good runner has paid me many dividends throughout my life.  Scoring well on Army fitness tests, accomplishing specific time goals at the end of an Ironman, or clearing my head after a long day, running has served me well.

There have been times when I haven’t been able to run due to injury or some sort of big life distraction, but it’s fair to say, I’ve ran consistently for close to 20 years.  It’s what I do and who I am.  The times when I have been injured and can’t run causes a great deal of stress and disappointment – not just to the loss of fitness but the loss of all the other reasons why I enjoy running.
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