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Subject: What Not to Do Date: 4/4/2014 7:09 AM
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This winter as most of us know has been horrible. January and February were terrible running months...at least in Indiana. I'm coaching a large group of folks for the upcoming 500 Festival Mini Marathon. Of the 126 who signed up for my store, on average 20 have been coming each week.

Now I am hearing from the people who actually have not run, or just run a little on the treadmill, about all the pain they are in. Here is a phone call I had yesterday.

Caller: Yeah I think the shoes I got in December aren't working.
Me: Ok, what's going on?
Caller: Well my back hurts, and I think I tweaked my knee.
Me: Sounds bad, tell me about your running for the last month or so.
Caller: Well I'm training for the Mini, and I didn't run when the weather was bad, so a couple weeks ago, I started running 6 miles a day.
Me: Is that your normal running?
Caller: No, I usually do 1-3 miles a couple times a week.
Me: I don't think it's the shoes, I think you are trying to make up too much time, and you can't do that with less than a month before the race.
Caller: No, it's the shoes, they're those Nike Frees.
Me: Well it could be a combination of both, overtraining and a shoe you aren't used to running in.
Caller: What do I do?
Me: First, we offer a free injury screening, and it's coming up soon. Come see the PT, and see how serious your issues are, then, I would back down on the running. You're risking more injury. As for the shoes, come on in, and let's see what might work better for you.
Caller: No, I think it's just the shoes, that's what it said in Runner's World.
Me: That's fine, just know the most common reason we get injured is overtraining, and we can't make up miles we've missed.
Caller: So you aren't going to help me?
Me: Sure, come on in, and we can see what's going on shoe wise.
Caller: Ok.

This is not the exception to this season. A lot of people are telling me how much pain they are in. You can't make up two months of not running.

Charlie
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