As a fairly new runner so far i have avoided injury, although my knees often feel a bit. Then i take a few days off. Is there anything preventative that you can do., for example, gym work,cycling, a bit of work with weights to strenghten the joints. Anything at all.
Good points from Cougie...
Take the rest days marked in your schedule.
Cool down at the end of your runs rather than just stopping from full pace. Then do your stretches (do a search on Runners' World for some if you don't know which to do).
Join a running club to get advice from others / see their routines.
Exercise-wise? Swimming is good too. It means you're taking a day off running, and you need to be able to relax your muscles as well as tense them. Front and side planks are great for your core. Squats are good; just make sure you go down below parallel.
I find hamstring curls help my form, and I like calf squats.
Pilates is good for strengthening the hips and knees - areas which I otherwise find I neglect.
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