The Sunday Read: Damn! That hurts

Was the winter just harder on us than normal, or are we all just feeling our age? Seems to be a lot of injured folks out there, including myself. It might be my own current obsession with the nagging plantar I have,  but I came across a lot of injury-related articles and posts this week. Really, though, I believe in the world of running who’s nursing what is, unfortunately, an all-too-common topic. Whatever the reason, The Sunday Read this week is all about the pain. Feel free to share it – the post, I mean, not the pain.

A new review of studies published in The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy concluded that based on the current literature it is not possible to link specific injuries to particular training errors. The researchers’ literature review took into account training volume, duration, intensity and frequency. The study is available here:

Over at the Technically Running blog, the authors write that “‘injury’ often feels like a dirty word in the barefoot/minimalist running community.” But, as they note, even while minimalist shoes are touted as a corrective to poor running technique and therefore a preventative injury measure, switching over doesn’t guarantee an injury-free existence. They list six common injuries and the ways to prevent them here:

Some stress on the ol’ bod isn’t so bad either though, according to an Alex Hutchinson article in Outside Magazine.  Rather than plunging into an ice bath after a hard work-out or seeking out massage, we should enjoy the pain – because it makes us stronger. Writes Hutchinson: “…some top scientists and coaches have adopted a new line of thinking: stress is a good thing, because it forces the body to adapt, repair itself, and come back stronger. ” Read the piece here:

“Safety first!” advocates RunnersFeed in a post about the Top 10 Things Every Runner Should Keep in Their Car.  Among the common-sense items are a first-aid kit, but did you ever consider toting around a yoga mat as well? The argument is, you’re more likely to stretch right after running, and the mat might increase your chances of doing so in comfort. See the other items here:

Finally, over Nike, the shoe company is letting you customize your own kick – and not just the colour. You can swap out the midsoles and uppers and make the shoe as flexible or as supportive as you want. Is this the way of the future? Decide for yourself over here:


About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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