The BEST Way To Prevent Running Injuries

Can we talk about the two words that for some reason, runners seem to fear? PHYSICAL THERAPY. If I had a dollar for every email I've ever received asking for advice about an ache, pain, or possible injury, I'd have more money than I'd know what to do with. I don't know why our immediate reaction whenever we hurt ourselves is to turn to the internet instead of a professional. I do it, just ask my Physical Therapist Mike Riccardi at Finish Line Physical Therapy. Whenever I feel a weird ache or pain, I Google it and show up to my weekly PT appointment with a list of possible diseases and illnesses. Then Mike promptly sighs and tells me that I'm fine, and it is just overuse. (And a result of my terrible running form and minimal foam rolling.)

Look, getting injured happens. Sometimes it's because we fail to cross train or do our strength training and sometimes accidents happen. I've had my fair share of running related injuries from calf strains, runners knee, to IT band flare ups and there's no way I'd be running as efficiently and pain free as I am today without Finish Line Physical Therapy. Their motto is prehab instead of rehab and I'm a believer. It's so much easier to be diligent about preventing injuries than it is to have to take time off to rehab them.

If you have the resources available to you, go find yourself an amazing Physical Therapist who doesn't frown upon endurance sports. Someone who understands your need to run and isn't going to tell you that it's bad for you. Those PT's are out there. Should you meet them, RUN! Then work with them to strengthen your weak areas so that you limit your chances of acquiring a running related injury.

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT RUNNING RELATED INJURIES!

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.