Run SMART coach Anthony Gallo contributed an article to New England Runner titled, ‘Training Smart is the First Step in Injury Prevention.’ It offers a wide variety of key points and reminders about easy ways to lower your risk of injury.
Prevention and limitation of injuries can be accomplished by following some basic principles. I would say that the most important tenant to follow would be to avoid changes in training that are rapid and (by definition) “severe.” The best examples relate to the mileage and quality sessions that you run. Also, while it’s fun to run with others, sometimes your training partners are more fit than you are. If you try to run their workout paces, or even their casual paces, it’s likely too strenuous for your body. I would remind the reader that there is a great satisfaction in self-accomplishment; training at your own desirable pace can really help achieve this and limit the chance of injury. I feel compelled to mention footwear; objectively analyze your shoes, “Do you need a new pair?”
Make sure to check out the full article here.