So many people are quick to blame running for wrecking their knees and other body parts, when it’s often not the running at all that is to blame–it’s bad training or bad form.
Many running injuries can be prevented or fixed, according to Jeff Galloway, former Olympic runner, mastermind behind the run-walk-run method of the Galloway Training Program, and author of numerous books including Half-Marathon, You Can Do It.
Most common reason for aches pains and injuries when running is failing to take the right frequency of run/walk/run strategy. With liberal walk breaks, from the beginning of the run, most injuries can be prevented. Many injuries will heal while continuing to run when a very liberal walking ratio is inserted into the run.
In fact, according to Galloway, the most common culprits of running injuries include: 1) not taking walk breaks frequently enough; 2) running too fast on long runs; 3) trying to run through an injury; 4) making form mistakes, especially when tired.
To help you decode your pain, why it’s happening and what you can do about it, here is Galloway’s advice from one runner to another. As always, for medical questions, see a doctor.