When running hurts: there's a lesson to be learned


Running is well known for its wide range of aches and pains. But running shouldn't hurt! And if it does, there's obviously a lesson to be learned.

What your body is trying to tell you

For instance: does your back hurt during a run? Good chance you're bending at the waist when you land, instead of keeping your posture proud and high. Use those tummy muscles to stay upright, and there you go: no more achy back.*

Running is a bit like breastfeeding

Running is like breastfeeding in this respect. After that first moment, when your baby attacks your breast like there's no tomorrow, breastfeeding shouldn't hurt. If it does, your technique could use some improvements.

Unfortunately this does NOT apply to life

Unfortunately the same principle does not apply to life in general.  When life hurts, it's not a matter of improving your technique. Shit just happens.

Motherhood is in between

Motherhood is a bit in between: it can be painful, but sometimes an adjustment in technique can help. I used to tear my hair out in desperation during the mornings, trying to get the kids to school.

I managed to reduce my stress levels by making sure everything was in place before I went to bed. 
Now I get out of bed and I'm all Zen and everything. No pain and lots of gain.

Running can help!

Luckily running can ease the pain of living and motherhood. As you run your way across our beautiful planet, your pain takes a backseat, and you feel part of something bigger.

So when life and motherhood kick you in the butt, and hurt like hell: go for a run.

And when running hurts: just improve your technique!

* You can find more info about running without pain in Danny Dreyer's book ChiRunning!


Kim said...

Thank you for the blog comment and now thanks to it, I have found another running blog! I have "Chi Running" sitting on my bookshelf, awaiting my attention, but so many books want my attention right now! Running books, food books, fitness books...so little time! Running, as new as I am at it, does help me with my patience parenting a teenage boy (my other one is ten...both are adopted), but maybe it is because I am so tired after a run as I build up my stamina, I just don't have the energy to argue with him. ;)

Bootchez said...

I did NOT know that bit about running with back pain -- i have the Chirunning book but haven't got that far into it. I often have back pain -- I guess I should get more into that book!

April J Harris said...

You've got some good advice in this post. Technique really can make a difference, although if correcting technique doesn't work, maybe get whatever it is checked out :-) Sounds like a great book - especially for beginning runners. I totally agree that going for a run can relieve stress and give a whole new perspective! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

Roseann Hampton said...

Thanks for sharing these great tips with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

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