Running a 26.2-mile marathon is tough. It requires a high level of mental and physical commitment. How far can you run if you feel a lingering pain or soreness whenever you’re in training or on the race?
Runners are prone to many injuries. These injuries are too painful to dismiss with a “mind over matter” attitude. Thus, some runners finish the race wounded while others do not finish at all. Below are some of the common injuries that marathon runners often experience.
The primary symptom of this injury is a sharp pain at the back of the lower leg, just on top of the heel of the Achilles tendon. This injury is often the result of putting too much strain on the Achilles tendon over the course of intense running and training. Inappropriate footwear may also cause this injury.
Stretching, icing, and resting can alleviate the pain temporarily. But most of the time, Achilles Tendinitis requires sports therapy and proper medical treatment.
This foot injury’s symptom includes an excruciating pain at the base of the heel. Normally, this pain goes away after a run or training, but it usually returns the next morning, causing an awful cycle of soreness and pain. The main cause of this injury is the weakened muscles in the foot. According to Manhattan Sports Therapy, runners who often suffer from this injury might find relief from foot- component-focused treatments such as Cold-Laser Therapy and Active Release Technique.
If you feel a constant pain underneath your kneecap whenever you run, you are most likely suffering from a runner’s knee injury. Runners who suffer from this injury have kneecap tissues with a weak ability to recover during running sessions. It is advisable that runners with this injury focus on knee strengthening exercises first before going back to running long distances.
It is impossible to have a pain-free marathon run. But with the right preparation and proper injury treatments, a runner can finish a marathon without incurring another painful injury.