So you’ve finally turned off Stranger Things, slipped into your running clothes, and stretched out. These major accomplishments have you extra motivated to sweat out an intense work out. Not so fast… take it slow. As they say,training is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. As tempting as feeling tangible results (hello soreness), the more you choose to take a hard run, the more likely you are to injure yourself, thus thwarting the results you’ve started to see. MTI Physical Therapy helps break it down for you.
MTI Physical Therapy Training Tip #2: Running to Avoid Injury
Take at least one easy day after every hard day of training. An Easy run is a short, slow run, a cross-training day, or no exercise at all. A Hard run is a long run or a speed workout. Apply the hard/easy rule to your monthly training program by having one easy week a month. Increase weekly training mileage by no more than 10 percent per week. Runners who increased their training load too quickly are more likely to incur an injury.