So there are lots of reasons why I run and maybe you run for these reasons, too.
- I like to eat what I want.
- I like for my clothes to fit.
- I like a challenge.
- It let me spend time with my family and friends.
- It lets me go to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. If you knew my husband, you would completely understand this. He will happily encourage me to go on a Disney Vacation if it involves running.
- It makes me feel better!
Now, that last one isn’t simply a matter of running giving me energy (which it does), it is a matter of running helping the things that give me serious trouble…primarily my lower back. I used to think that taking a two month break from running, which I used to do every year after the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, was “good for me.” But mysteriously, every time I did that my back would start giving me serious problems. Till one day, my Orthopedist said, “Stop taking a break from running!” He likes to say that “motion is lotion,” sounds a wee bit creepy when I say it, but it sounds completely medical when he says it! This year I took his advice. Lo and behold, he seems to be on to something!
I’ve had people tell me that running is bad for your joints or that I’m getting too old to run (yes, those are fighting words!). But apparently not – have you seen Jeff Galloway or heard him speak about running injury free? He has some great insights about how to stay injury free and not only that, how running can actually be good for you – and not just because you can eat what you want or go to Walt Disney World.
Here is what Jeff Galloway has to say about running injury free:
- Most injuries experienced by my runners are due to 1) pacing long runs too fast, 2) increasing the weekly mileage too quickly, 3)lengthening stride and 4) stretching.
- The principle in staying injury free is to balance gentle stress with the right recovery periods-allowing for rebuilding. (For more information, check out Jeff’s book:Running Injuries: Treatment and Prevention).
- Finding the right Run Walk Run strategy from the beginning of a run has been the best way I’ve found to stay injury free, come back from an injury and in some cases, continue to run while the injury heals. (Here’s Jeff’s book that changed the way I run! The Run-Walk-Run Method)
And here are some interesting facts that Jeff shares about running and your health
- Are you concerned that running will damage joints, and other body parts ? I was told this regularly, from my first week of running over 50 years ago but the research shows the opposite result: Runners have healthier joints, etc. than non runners as the decades go by.
- While researching for my book Running Until You’re 100, 3rd Ed, I reviewed dozens of studies and could not find one showing that running harms legs, feet, joints, etc.
- It may surprise you to know that many studies show that runners have fewer orthopedic issues compared with non-runners as the years go by.
- A respected and large population study out of Stanford following thousands of runners over 50 who had run for more than 20 years concluded that runners had less than 25% of orthopedic issues compared with non runners of the same age.
So there you have it. No more excuses. Let’s get out there!