This is the first post in a new series I’m writing, called the “Why Me?! Running Injury Guide.” Injury is a sad reality of competitive running, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your training. If you take a proactive approach by finding out the true cause of the pain, instead of just treating the symptoms and taking time off like the doc prescribes, you will come back stronger and less likely to get injured again. Throughout this series I will explore the most common running injuries, their potential causes, and how to rehab yourself. Now, if your foot falls off or if bone is poking through the skin, go see a doctor. But more often than not, a reduction in volume, some mobility and strength work, and a slow return to running will get you through recovery road. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions about specific injuries. I’m happy to help a fellow runner in need!
First up, the dreaded shin splints…
Protein, bro! #gainz
Americans spend a LOT of money on supplements. Over $28 billion a year, to be exact. The appeal is strong. Why eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables when you can pop a pill instead? Runners in particular are susceptible to bullshit claims from companies. You mean to tell me I can run faster and increase my VO2max and create more ATP just by taking this very expensive pill three times a day? I’m sold! I’ll take any advantage I can get.
It’s pretty well known now that most supplements are full of garbage. At worst, you are ingesting cheap filler with potentially allergy-causing ingredients not listed on the label. At best, you’ll have very expensive neon pee.
Don’t get me wrong, I take plenty of supplements. But I’ve done my research and found some good tried and true products that improve my running, energy, and recovery. I try to eat a varied diet with lots of organic veggies, fruits, and meat but sometimes you just don’t want to snack on carrot sticks in the middle of a 20 miler.