Painful Resolutions

Brian TrabulsiBrian Trabulsi, MPT, ATC is a physical therapist at Rex Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation in Raleigh.

Painful ResolutionsMillions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions every year. They vary in types ranging from eating healthier, getting organized, or starting a new exercise routine. Many choose running with hopes of completing some kind of race. Some may be shooting for their first 5k, while others hope to finish their first marathon. Unfortunately, the determination of keeping a resolution can cloud your judgment and lead to injuries. 90% of running injuries are related to training errors. As you progress your running routine, some running variables to consider are speed, distance, time, and terrain. Most people will inadvertently change 2 or 3 variables without thinking about the total impact on the body. So rather than sticking to their usual 3 mile loop on flat terrain at a 8 minute pace, they decide to running 5 miles through Umstead with a friend who runs a tiny bit faster. Making a small increase in these 3 variables can have a big impact on your tendons, ligaments, and joints that are trying to adjust to your New Year’s Resolution. Stick to changing only 1 variable at a time and your body will thank you for it.