Running injuries are common, especially if you are training for a race. Although you may want to run as much as possible to prepare, Steve Hultgren, Director, Sports Performance Initiatives, Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute, says the best way to avoid injury is to incorporate cross-training into your fitness routine.
“The idea behind cross-training is to reduce the risk for injury. You don’t want to add additional high-impact activities or do too much cross-training.” - Steve Hultgren
Cross-training is the practice of including exercise outside of your main sport to improve your overall fitness. As a runner, you may want to incorporate swimming, walking or biking into your fitness routine to continue building endurance while giving your joints a well-deserved break from the impact of running.
“Most running injuries are from overuse,” Hultgren says. “By cross-training, runners can continue to build strength and endurance while minimizing the risk for injury.”