Tips To Start Running Injury Free

The temperature is rising and days are getting longer. Spring is here and it’s always nice to be able to spend some time outside. While running can be a great way to get in shape while spending time outside, it is important to slowly build up those miles to prevent injury.

Here are some tips to start running injury free:


  • Strength Train/Cross Train

      1. It is important to continue with strength training in order to avoid injury with running.  Including preventative hip and glute strengthening can increase your stability while running and decrease risk of injury. Taking some days off of running to cross train is also important to give your body a break and prevent overuse injuries. Biking, elliptical, and swimming are great ways to cross train.

  • Stick to a gradual increase in running, don’t overdo it.

      1. Following a training plan can be an easy way to make sure you are appropriately increasing your running time/mileage. Increasing running too quickly can increase your risk of overuse injuries.

  • Wear Supportive Footwear

    1. Take a minute to stop by your local running store to see what shoes are best for you. The correct shoes can make a big difference in preventing aches and pains while running.

Below is a “Couch to 5K” training plan that is a good way to get started this spring.

Week Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
1 5 min walk
2 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
2 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
3 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
2 5 min walk
3 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
4 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
5 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
3 5 min walk
6 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 4 min jog
5 min walk
4 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
7 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
4 5 min walk
7 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
8 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
9 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
5 5 min walk
9 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 6 min jog
5 min walk
6 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
10 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
11 min jog
5 min walk
6 5 min walk
11 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 13 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 15 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
7 15 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 8 min jog
5 min walk
8 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 16 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 17 min jog
5 min walk
8 17 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 18 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 20 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
9 20 min jog Relax! 12 min jog
5 min walk
12 min jog
Relax! 24 min jog Relax! 25 min jog
10 25 min jog Relax! 27 min jog Relax! 30 min jog Relax! Race Day!