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

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.