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We all have our strengths and weaknesses. One important study of running injuries found that women are much more likely than men to suffer ankle sprains, shin splints, stress fractures and hip problems.
However, women are much less susceptible to achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and quadriceps injuries. To help you avoid injuries, make cross-training a regular part of your programme.
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I've been running for half a year, now, but I haven't had the guts to participate at a competition, because I'm afraid everyone else is better than me ... I am physically healthy, I've even had a tele radiology test last week to check myself. I should probably buy the book, reading usually gives me a lot of confidence.
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