It’s the end of the year, and looking back, I realized that 2010 had been full of frustrations for me as a runner. I suffer from low back pain, and I vowed not to let it affect my running. I had been too optimistic though, and while training for a 21k trail run in Wawa, Montalban, I had been forced to admit that I could not continue running with my injury remaining untreated.
I tried acupuncture, deep-tissue massage, medications, and short-term physical therapy but nothing seemed to be working. Just recently though, I went to a sports therapist, and I could not say offhand if it’s working. I will resume treatment in January 2011.
|Happy New Year! Here’s to an injury-free year! ©|
So for the next year, here are my following resolutions as a runner.
Observe proper form when exercising or running. Too many people get injured because of using the wrong form. It may not be that critical if one did not run or exercise often, but with increased mileage comes a higher risk for injuries. I would suggest consulting a personal trainer, but if that is not an option, one can always consult our global expert
Use the proper shoes. As a newbie runner a few years ago, I developed patella injuries because I ran in a pair of tennis shoes. Beginning runners don’t realize the importance of using the right footwear; this is obvious when we look at the increasing number of new runners developing injuries in the Philippines.
Cross-train on days I am not running. Perhaps one factor for my injury was that all I did was run. I didn’t give my leg muscles time to rest nor did I strengthen the other muscle groups in my body. So in 2011, I will definitely do that, with bikram yoga twice a week, strength training, and maybe even biking (depends on whether I will have the budget to buy a good mountain bike). In my small town, there are a lot of bike trails I can use.
Connect with other runners and running bloggers more. What I miss about moving to a small town is the opportunity to run with others and socialize with my running friends. Perhaps 2011 is the year to see me more out of the boondocks. ^_^
Eat healthier. Yes, this is definitely in the plan! I should cut down on sugar and eat more proteins.
How about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions as a runner?
may you have a safe, injury-free, and fruitful running year in 2011. happy new year!
Very good post as far as the resolutions go. Proper form is a must. May you have a good Happy New Years injury free. I pray that your back pain will go away with proper healing and whatever else you need to do. My Resolutions? Hmmmmm. WORK ON MY DIET!. lol. If I can get that down, I will be set for some major progression. Happy New years
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Reza Ali says
I came across our post and have read it with interest. I noticed you haven't posted for awhile. Hope your injury has healed or is healing well. My new year resolution is very simple- to compete in my first triathlon by the end of the year. Though I spend a lot of time cycling and swimming, it's running that I am really looking forward to. I am overweight by 20kg (I used to be 40kg
Running For 365 Days says
My goal this year is to run every day for 365 days strait. I found your blog and hope your back gets better. I have had back issues in the past and it sucks. It makes it SO had to be active I hope you have an awesome 2011 and are able to get back on the road!