Dealing with soreness from running!

By Sally Bynoe

So often the runners in my groups will tell me about various muscles hurting after going further than they have been before.

Well, the body didn’t know how it would feel as it’s never been through that before so often the muscles start shouting wondering what’s going on!

Always remember to do your cool down and stretches at the end of the run. You might be achy and tired but it will definitely benefit you in the end.

If something hurts whilst you are out running, check in with the body. Is it just a new muscle being used and aching or is it pain? If it’s pain from an injury, stop running. Hard I know! (been there, done that, not taking own advice and suffered).

Think of the long term. If you continue running on an injury you could cause more damage and be our of action longer. Also we often over compensate in another area when something hurts. So for example, there is pain in the knee and you carry on. Often then the hip might start hurting, then the back because you’re running funny.

That’s a lot of muscle tension to then work out at the end of the day before even thinking about the injured knee.

So please be mindful. I read the other day that being a runner, the runner lifestyle is a marathon and not a sprint.

If you’re in it for the long haul, look after your body and listen to what it’s telling you.

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