EUGENE, Ore. – Running season is just beginning and if you’re training for a race, local doctors want to make sure you cross the finish line injury-free.
Running a marathon is a challenging and ambitious goal so you may think you’re doing the right thing by training hard, but doctors say doing too much too fast is the leading cause of injuries.
Overdoing it is a common mistake for runners, new and veterans alike. To avoid injury, listen to your body.
“Its normal to feel sore after exercise, but if it’s a pain that lingers for more than a day then it’s probably something you need to back off,” said Aaron Harding, a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Rehab Coordinator. “You probably over-trained a little bit.”
Doctors also warn that overexertion can damage the heart. Before beginning a rigorous training regimen, check with your doctor to make sure your heart is healthy. You’ll want to know your basic heart health numbers such as your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
Another tip, just because it’s a running event, doesn’t mean that’s the only way to train. Doctors advise putting a little variety into your exercise so that you’re not overusing the same muscles