As runners prepare for the 2019 Bellin 10K Run, there are some important things to keep in mind for those who return to running after an injury. Dr. Patrick McKenzie of Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics shares some tips.
- Start slow, so you don't increase the risk for further injury. Increase mileage by no more than 10 percent per week.
- Listen to your body. Any sudden and sharp pain, or anything that compromises your ability to run or walk, is a red flag. Don’t push it.
- Don’t worry about speed work right away. See how your body adjusts to a regular running routine before picking up the pace.
Dr. Mackenzie says there are also mental aspects to keep in mind when returning to running. He says to adjust your expected goal time to complete the Bellin Run. Consider a walk-run plan, and remember there's always another race. He also suggests you celebrate your successes by considering how far you've come and how great it will feel to cross the finish line.
There are many resources available in our area.
Bellin Health Titletown offers free walk-in injury assessment six days a week. Runners can also contact the Bellin Run injury hotline for a free consultation at (920)430-4595. There is also a high-tech video gait assessment available at Bellin Health's Movement Performance Lab. For information on training smart, click here.
Additional information is available on the Bellin Run website.
The 2019 Bellin Run is set for Saturday, June 8th.