60 seconds on avoiding injury

What would *you* tell a beginner?

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16/09/2005 at 13:55
Don't run if it hurts.

See an expert if it does.

Spend a year running slowly before starting to run fast.
16/09/2005 at 13:55
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16/09/2005 at 13:57
Don't buy "good" running shoes, buy ones that are right for your gait. THIS APPLIES EVEN IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER. The number of times beginners have told me "I don't want fancy shoes, I'm only a beginner..."
Duck Girl    pirate
16/09/2005 at 14:01
:)

Don't start!

seriously though, take it easy on downhills at first, get proper shoes, eat as soon as you get back from a run, if it hurts so much you need ibuprofen to run on it then you shouldn't be running, & remember to have a long-term goal of being able to run in 10 years, which is more important than whatever your current race is.

Oh, and never talk to ultrarunners, fell runners, or triathletes.
16/09/2005 at 14:19
mineshats?

Look out for poo's you have done? >=-o
16/09/2005 at 14:23
If you can run 1/4 mile in 60 seconds then you will avoid injury if a bunch of chavs shout abuse at you and you tell them to F**K OFF!
16/09/2005 at 14:50
Unless your GP has an specific interest in sports injuries you are better off going to see a physio to get treatment and advise if you need it.
Duck Girl    pirate
16/09/2005 at 15:13
Fell Running & Mineshafts

Don't run into lamp-posts, cows, marshals in fluro jackets, people, or trees (or anything else).
16/09/2005 at 15:14
Keeping atraining log is a useful way to track your mileage and type of run. You can build up gradually and vary your training properly. Try: www.fetcheveryone.com
16/09/2005 at 15:17
Don't spend ££££s on expensive running shoes. Learn how to run properly in racing flats.

Don't try and follow the schedules in popular running magazines advocating speedwork for 4 hour marathons. You'll get injured with a low aerobic base. Run lots of easy / steady miles instead.

Run every day if you can. It keeps the legs loose.
16/09/2005 at 15:26
BR Everyone without exception that I know who has done speedwork has got injured running. In five years of running with no speedwork I have never got injured running - mind you I am bloody slow!
16/09/2005 at 19:05
i)Always warm up thoroughly.
ii)Never train at a level way beyond your capability.
iii)Always cool down.
iv)Stretch daily
16/09/2005 at 21:27
I agree with Katie.
16/09/2005 at 22:15
buy decent running shoes

then leave them in the cupboard and watch tele instead

16/09/2005 at 22:21
Don't wait to get new shoes until they're completely wrecked and worn off to one side on the soles!
16/09/2005 at 23:16
lol duckgirl - some sensible stuff there, especially running on ibuprofen, How many runners are actually brave enough to admit to doing that on-line here I wonder! I know I have and it really is NOT the answer!

And as for talking to fellruners! Yup totally agree and can talk from experience as did Saunders Mountain Marathon which was 2 day event so had to carry all of my gear on my back and camp overnight with other runners. Never have met more completely nuts peeps as fell runners (best pal is one). Big respect also though as REAL tough cookies!!! They look at HUGE blisters on their feet which are totally shredded like they are a little pimple then shrug and run like the wind over mountains, through bogs, in the mist, down scurry like mountain goats!!
16/09/2005 at 23:19
Read lots before you start, like the RW Beginners Guide to Running
Keep relaxed and flexible in your training (ie don't get so focussed that you run thru injury)
Stretch like crazy after every run, even little ones
Buy decent shoes before you start - not after you've done the 8 week programme thinking you may not like it!
Use the Forum
16/09/2005 at 23:21
Oh, and stock up on Compeed, Deepheat, ice gels, and bottles of wine (as a reward for being so good and following all the advice)
16/09/2005 at 23:23

Listen to your body
16/09/2005 at 23:24

and that doesn't mean buy pizza every time it asks.
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