The Definitive List of Common Running Injuries Ranked From Least Shitty to Shittiest

15. Chafing



Hell hath no fury like a chafed runner who has just stepped into the shower.

14. Blisters

Inevitable and uncomfortable, blisters are a runner's badge of honor.

13. Lost Toe Nails

Painful and unattractive, lost toe nails are annoying.

12. Muscle Fatigue/Muscle Cramp

Often mistaken for a demon trying to escape through your muscles, cramping is awful and a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone.

11. Pulled Muscle

I'll take your muscle cramp and raise you a pulled muscle. Pulled muscles suck because there's not much you can do about it except complain (or not complain. Your call.)

10. Rolled Ankle

Rolled Ankle

Shitty but definitely not the shittiest injury, a rolled ankle can derail any training plan.

9. Achillies Tendonitis

Achillies Tendonitis

This is your body's way of sending you hate mail. Uncomfortable, annoying and really frustrating.

8. Runners Knee

Runners Knee

Ranging from annoying to debilitating, runner's knee sucks because it involves running through pain while you strengthen your weak areas.

7. Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Known to make grown men cry, shin splints will make the hair on your shinny shin shin stand straight up.

6. Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle

The rolled ankle's loud, violent and bitter older sibling, a sprained ankle is the icing on the chocolate cake of death.

5. Iliotibial Band Syndrome

IT band

You know when you see a runner on the side of the road stretching oddly and screaming expletives? They are experiencing a flared up IT band.

4. Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis.jpg

Nothing makes a runner more nervous than the words, "Plantar Fasciitis."

3. Stress Fracture

stress fracture

Stress fractures put the S and F in STFU. Not only do they hurt physically but they will throw even the most mentally stable endorphin junkie into a tailspin.

2. Broken Bone

broken bone

See also "soul crusher," "dream dasher" and "your biggest nightmare."

1. Loss of Drive

New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

Worse than any muscle strain or broken bone, a loss of drive has been known to break more than just your spirit.

Some running injuries are unavoidable, accidents happen. But if you're not strength training or if you don't know what you're doing, see a physical therapist and remember prehab > rehab.

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.