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5 Reasons You Keep Getting Injured


This is not an exhaustive list of reasons and you should always consult a healthcare professional if you are having recurring injuries.

1.) Too much intensity: Everyone thinks if you want to be fast you have to go fast all the time. Not true! Having a few (roughly 1-2 per week) hard sessions per week is about all you really need. The majority of your training should be done at an easy, conversational pace. The more experienced you are, the more intensity you can handle - within reason.

2.) Too much volume (usually too many kms too quickly): Ramping up volume can really overload your muscles and your body’s ability to adapt to the training session. Instead, you dig yourself into a hole where the load is just too much and your body doesn’t have the training history or strength to accommodate the increase in volume.

3.) Increasing volume & intensity at the same time: Without the proper training background or baseline strength to accommodate such a massive overload, there’s a good chance this will be a recipe for disaster. If you want to increase volume, think about dropping an interval session that week in favour for an easy session. If you want to increase intensity, then consider cutting your long run short that week.

4.) Not having an adequate amount of baseline strength: You need to have a good foundation of strength to support your training. For example, your Achilles’ tendon needs to withstand 12x the weight of your body when running. If your muscles/tendons get overloaded by training without adequate strength, you can bet you’ll end up injured at some point.

5.) Under-recovering: This is basic - Eating sufficient calories, getting adequate vitamins & minerals to fuel your workload. Sleeping 7-8 hours per night. If your body is barely getting enough food/sleep to cover its basic functions then you can bet it won’t be able to step up to heal muscle damage or adapt to your training.

This list could go on but if you are sick of being injured, get in touch with me and we can get you back on the right track.

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