Physical Demands of a Runner
Running is a very intense full-body workout. And whether you are jogging, sprinting, or running long distance, many of the major muscles in your body are activated and working to keep you moving and balanced. A successful runner will have increased cardiovascular endurance, as well as:
- Greater breath control
- Abdominal, back, leg, hip, knee, foot, and ankle strength
- Body temperature regulation
Common Running Injuries
Running injuries happen quite often, especially due to long-distance or high-intensity workouts. Research suggests that more than 30 percent of runners will likely experience an injury at some point.1 Here are a few common injuries to watch out for:
Knee Pain and Injury
Runners experience knee pain and injury so often that the sport has coined its own condition called Runner’s Knee (or patellofemoral pain syndrome). Runner’s Knee is an umbrella term for various knee issues, most commonly involving the cartilage and bones of and around the kneecap.
Sore, Strained Leg and Hip Muscles
It is pretty much a given that new runners will have sore muscles and minor aches and pains following a workout, but even the most experienced runners will hurt from time to time, especially after a big race or intense training exercise. Soreness will most commonly occur in the upper and lower legs, but can also include the glutes, lower back, and shoulders.
Leg and Foot Cramping
During a run, the feet get beat up. With each stride, feet are the first to absorb the impact of your body hitting the ground. The harder the ground surface, the greater the pressure is on the feet and the legs. In this case, the shoes you wear are especially important and can make all of the difference in leg cramping and soreness. So before you hit the road, make sure you are supporting your feet properly.
When we push our bodies physically, sometimes they fights back and say “That’s enough!” This response can be represented by noticeable physical changes like swelling. For runners, this occurs most frequently in the joints near the ankles and knees, where most of the bending and flexing action is happening.
Arnica and Runners
When you experience some minor swelling in the joints, aches and pains in the legs and lower back, sore muscles, muscle cramping, or even a little bruising, homeopathic Arnica can provide natural relief. For runners, topical Arnica gel or cream may be the most convenient to use for fast-acting, localized treatment.