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Incurring injuries can pass as one of the greatest nightmares of many runners, which is why it is very important for every runner to be extra cautious down the road. Many factors contribute to the runner’s tendency to get injured; still, there are many ways to prevent running injuries. Here are seven smart ways to prevent running injuries. 1. Commit Yourself to a Warm-up. The general rule in any type of workout: Warm-up before you go. Doing so gives you a chance to prepare your body for the oncoming work and prevents the likelihood of injuries. Before a run, loosen up your legs, walk for some minutes, then do some stretching. Similarly, cooling down at the end of the run is important to reduce muscle pain. Do this by closing your workout with brisk walking or slow running. Then, do stretches. 2. Avoid Overtraining. The surest way to incur injuries is to overtrain and overwork your body. Sadly, many runners, in an attempt to increase their mileage and intensity just too soon, pushes their body beyond its capability and so put their selves at a great risk of injury. Two things you need to remember. One, weekly mileage increase shouldn’t be more than 10%. Two, speed buildup is a gradual process. Next time you feel like going farther and faster, ask if your body is capable of the demands, then let sound judgment overtake you.

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Thanks for the tips. I am new to running (jogging, really, and it's just recreational about 2 days a wk.) and am very much accident-prone. Meaning not just running but also stuff like Pilates and wall-climbing ... even if the movements aren't intense I get serious pain, especially below the sternum, overall stomach aches (feels like a muscle tear!) etc. anyway, that's beside the point ... but the jogging has definitely caused its own set of pains: shins and calves especially, they feel extremely tight/tense, not just "painful"--tense is probably the best word, but it's also a bit like stone in my calves if that makes sense! so good tips. some others are listed here: especially useful for me because of 2 of the 3"common injuries": shinsplints, tendinitis.
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Agood warm up is important and cooling down. Building up your srength and flexibility will also help with injury prevention. There are some useful stretches here . Developing strength, flexibility and fitness will keep you injury free.
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