- Wear shoes that are designed for your foot type and your running mechanics
- Don’t run hard every day. Make sure you have some rest days or easy days between your hard workouts.
- Don’t do too much speedwork
- Don’t increase your mileage too fast
- Do some regular stretching or use a foam roll or other self-massage device
If you do get injured, how you take care of your injury is very important. There are some injuries that you can recover from relatively quickly. Others may take months.
If you have a minor injury and you either want to continue training or racing or you want to make sure that the injury doesn’t get worse, you might want to try KT or kinesiotherapy tape.
I recently strained my Achilles tendon and made it temporarily worse by running in a pair of new Vibram FiveFingers shoes. I had a couple of long runs coming up and thought it would be a good idea to try some KT tape as “insurance” to make sure it didn’t get any worse. I followed the very clear instructional video on the KT Tape website.
The KT tape provided me with some additional support during my run and I finished 16 miles at a 8:00 pace with no problems.
KT tape comes pre-cut in a variety of colors. It is designed to stay on for up to 5 days.
Have you tried KT Tape? How has it worked for you? Tell me in the comments.