Running Injury Q & A With My Physical Therapist

If there is one thing runners are good at, it's getting injured. We don't do it on purpose! Running can be tough on your body. Ask any runner who has been forced to take time off after developing of a running related injury and you'll quickly learn the importance of prehab-ing injuries in lieu of rehabbing them.

My Physical Therapist Mike Riccardi of the award winning sports clinic Finish Line Physical Therapy here in New York City has been INSTRUMENTAL in keeping me injury free. After developing runner's knee two months before the New York City Marathon in 2014, I became a firm believer in investing in Physical Therapy once a week. Over the past two years, Mike has helped me resolve calf issues, sprained ankles, and all sorts of aches and pains all while keeping runner's knee and IT band issues at bay.

Struggling with a running related injury? From knee pain, IT band issues, plantar faciitis to compression sleeves and recovery, Mike is answering your questions in this three part Q &A!

Part 1: Shin splints, strength training, meniscus issues, knee pain, and foam rolling!

For more injury prevention, follow Finish Line Physical Therapy on Instagram via @FinishLinePT! They often share tips, tricks, stretches and exercises to help you prehab running related injuries!

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Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.