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5 Easy Injury Prevention Tips For Runners

by Nellie

Stay off the injured runner list with the best injury prevention exercises for runners.

I’ve been blessed in my short but exciting running career to have no major running injuries. (Knock on all the wood ever made) even throughout marathon training last year I’d be really beat up but nothing really stopped me from completing my next training run.

Today I’m linking up with my favorite runner bloggers for another installment in Workouts For Runners. The popularity of the first three posts has been overwhelming! I suppose that is what happens when great minds collaborate for awesome content!

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Today I’m going to share with you 5 easy tips for injury prevention.

  1. Stretching/foam rolling: I am the queen of stretching. I do it in the morning, at night before I go to bed, during the day (especially when things get rough in the office) stretching is so key for easy recovery and simply getting your muscles to work in the way that you need them to.
  2. Crosstraining: it’s only a matter of time before your body becomes used to the movement of running. I am a huge fan of strength training because there are so many different ways to strength train that you can make sure you are using different muscles during different workouts.
  3. Pay attention: I know this sounds insanely obvious but if any of you are like me there could be a lot going on in your life and you might want to go out on a run to figure things out. You Putin your music and you are in the zone and just like that you trip over an object that seemingly came out of no where. Paying attention (especially when running in urban areas!) is so so important. Beware of debris and other items that could potentially trip you up!
  4. Don’t ignore: so you have an ache from last weeks run that won’t go away. Yet, every time you run, you feel it a little bit more. Sometimes, the nagging feeling goes away and we can run pain free again. Sometimes the pain doesn’t stop and it’s time to see a doc. Ignoring the pain could make things so much worse than addressing the issue head on.
  5. Warm up: now this is something I’ve been working on a lot since I’ve started running. Getting up, going to the park, and just running as fast as you can in the easiest way to get your body in trouble. Take your time, start of slow then run when fully warmed up.

Check out 4 more awesome injury prevention tips and workouts below:

Sarah @ Run Far Girl

Prevent running injuries with these moves from RunFarGirl

Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

Keep running strong and injury free with these 7 essential injury prevention exercises for runners. happyfitmama.com

Carly @ Fine Fit Day

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Angela May 25, 2016 - 5:22 am

Great tips on injury prevention! I, unfortunately, am not a blessed runner. I’ve had quite a few injuries. Bad genes and not the best biomechanics are my downfall. Foam rolling is one of the best helps for getting rid of all the tight spots especially in my calves.

Kris walters May 25, 2016 - 5:45 am

Great tips Nellie! I’m a huge advocate of cross training. I would add a swim day and a spin class day to add some muscle confusion in my training. Even with all of that I had a few issues but nothing that kept me from doing my races.

Janine HulDie May 25, 2016 - 6:09 am

Absolutely great advice and the big one for me is paying attention, because you are so right that if God forbid I am not could totally trip or worse to be honest. Thanks for that reminder and more here!!

Tamara May 25, 2016 - 10:49 am

Awesome. I’ve always felt so flexible and young, like I’m invincible! Then.. well.. as it happens, that first injury from fitness. Reminds me to pay more attention!

laura May 25, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Great tips! Number three is how I got injured and I warn my athletes about the importance of being aware, especially if they trail run. I can make it through years of running injury free, but one missed step on a hike put me out for running for a few weeks with a sprain.

Carly May 26, 2016 - 11:24 am

Great tips Nellie! Paying attention is so important! Last week on a trail I nearly bit it three times because I got distracted. And warming up is a great one because I think it’s something a lot of runners neglect.

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Ryan February 7, 2017 - 11:50 am

These are great prevention tips for runners! I just started running again last year and I’m taking it seriously now and these are great advice! Thanks for sharing!

Ryan B. August 29, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Awesome tips for preventing running injury! I’m currently training for my first marathon race and these are very helpful! Thanks!


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