Staying injury-free while running

Running Woman

As a mom to 2 young children, it is very important to me to take care of my health so that I can be around for a very long time 🙂  Exercising on a regular basis is crucial to keeping your body fit and healthy, so I definitely make room for it in my daily schedule.

In addition to weight training to build muscle and strength, I also run 2-3 times per week.  I have a goal of one day running in a race, but I’m still sort of getting my feet wet when it comes to running long distances.

I recently started incorporating longer runs in to my routine, but started experiencing some pain in my hips and hip flexors, so I’ve backed off a little.  Add that to the fact that I have to run on a treadmill (which is EXTREMELY boring!) and you’ll see why I haven’t gone beyond 5 miles yet.

I found a really great article on Runner’s World’s website which discusses how to ward off those pesky injuries before they start becoming a big problem.  So far, I think the extra focus on stretching after the run has helped my hip.

Do you have any favorite running tips?  Leave me a comment below…I’d love to hear them!

 

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