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February 19th, 2019
What Do You Do When You Feel Pain On A Run?
We’ve all experienced pain or discomfort at some point during a run, but how do you decide if you should push through it or if you should call it quits? There are a few questions to ask yourself when you start to experience pain on a run.
- On a 0-10 pain scale, is the pain level above a 2/10?
- Has your running form changed at all due to the pain you’re feeling?
- Is the pain getting more intense if you continue to run?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may want to consider trying a few of theses strategies while running to see if you can eliminate the pain.
- Shorten your stride length
- Increase your cadence (turnover rate or how often your feet hit the ground)
- Change what part of your foot hits the ground first (try to land on your midfoot or forefoot)
- Try to run “softer” or “quieter” where you land lighter on your feet
- Change the surface you are running on. If you’re on the sidewalk see if you can find a dirt path. If you are running hills move to a flatter surface or vice versa. If you are running around a track head out along a straight path instead.