What’s good Goal Crushers? About a week ago someone put a question on one of my Instagram photos. It said, “Did you have a lot of problems with your legs and joints when you first started running? If so, what did you do?”
During my first couple of weeks of running I had some pain in my leg and joints but mainly I had a lot of delay muscle soreness and stiffness about 8 to 24 hours after my run. When I first started I was only running 3 days a week and I was sore 4 days a week.
Some of the things that I did to combat the pain/soreness was to listen to my body. I did different things depending on if it was pain versus soreness/stiffness. If I had joint pain I would use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevate). I usually took 2-3 days off if I feeling pain and I took a couple ibuprofens. If the pain persisted for more than three days I went to the Doctor to get checked out. Better safe than sorry. Most of the time it was nothing major, just a tweak here or there and he gave me a strong dosage of ibuprofen.
Nine times out of ten I had soreness/stiffness and I did things a lot more aggressively. I would ice my joints immediately after running. If I didn’t have time to ice my joints I would take a cold shower which is like icing your body. I brought the stick and made a foam roller (which I will do a blog post on in the near future). I usually foam roll after my runs (side note: buying or making a foam roller is one of the greatest investments ever). I have a love hate relationship with my foam roller but it always make my body feel great after using it. If you don’t have one I suggest you get one. On rest days I would warm up and stretch for about 20-30mins and that usually did the trick. I notice my body would be less sore when I was active and I eventually started running 4-5 days a week and I had not soreness at all.
To wrap things up I would say listen to your body first, see if it is joint pain or soreness. They way to think about it is: Pain to RICE; Soreness = More activity. Try experimenting with your body and I see what works for you.
Now it’s your turn to “weigh in”! What do you do when you have pain or soreness in your joints? Is your regimen similar to mines? If not, what is different?
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